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Alien life discovery in our lifetime insists SETI astronomer

Alien life discovery in our lifetime insists SETI astronomer

The hunt for alien life will turn up results within our lifetime, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute has promised the US Congress, though it might not be tentacled monsters or grey-skinned creatures with big eyes. The surprise commitment came at a House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing this past week, with SETI's Seth Shostak going on to explain the justification behind his bold prediction.

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Researchers send high-speed broadband to the moon

Researchers send high-speed broadband to the moon

As humankind works towards expanding its presence in space, one day establishing colonies on other planets, questions of communication with Earth become increasingly important. To address this, researchers from MIT and NASA have demonstrated for the first time the ability to beam wireless broadband to space.

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SpaceX Dragon MK 2 being unveiled May 29

SpaceX Dragon MK 2 being unveiled May 29

The SpaceX Dragon MK 2 is coming, and will be unveiled in full next week. Via Twitter, SpaceX guru Elon Musk confirmed May 29 would be the day we get our first look at their new craft. Though he was light on details of the new craft, there are suggestions it will be a massive improvement over the original.

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Meteor Shower tonight could be super-dramatic says NASA

Meteor Shower tonight could be super-dramatic says NASA

A never-before-seen meteor shower could put on a dramatic show in the night sky tonight, NASA has advised, with the May Camelopardalids potentially featuring more than 200 meteors each hour. The result of periodic comet 209P/LINEAR, the predicted meteor shower is actually the result of a long-ago flyby in the 1800s, during which time it left streams of dust trailing it. Read on for how you could see it yourself.

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Planned space missions face delays without Russian rocket engine

Planned space missions face delays without Russian rocket engine

Russia, who we rely on to get up to the ISS, is currently entertaining a ban on allowing the US use of their rocket engines. NASA, having hamstrung their rocket program not long ago, has no recourse for that action. SpaceX, which seems the only other option, isn’t quite ready for prime time. The fallout may cost the US $5 billion and delay up to 31 planned missions, The Pentagon says in a new report.

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Elon Musk, SpaceX want to move you to Mars for $500,000

Elon Musk, SpaceX want to move you to Mars for $500,000

Speaking at the 33rd annual International Space Development Conference last Friday, SpaceX’s Elon Musk spoke about the company’s plan to make commercial exploration of space possible. He touched on Mars as well, saying the progress they’ve made at SpaceX is aimed at getting a colony of humans on Mars, and the company is “making some progress in that direction”, but noted “not as fast as I'd like”.

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NASA plans oxygen alchemy for manned Mars mission

NASA plans oxygen alchemy for manned Mars mission

NASA's manned mission to Mars could take a MacGyver approach to the flight home, potentially relying on oxygen extracted from the red planet's own atmosphere to support crew both during the mission and on the return journey. Dubbed in-situ resource utilization (ISRU), the strategy could mean a very different approach to mission design, particularly when it comes to the planned 2020 robotic rover NASA intends to send to Mars.

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