News

Good news, now you can buy 1kg of imitation Mars dirt for just $28

The University of Central Florida is selling imitation Martian dirt. It costs $US20 ($28) for 2.2 pounds (1 kg). Shipping is not included. The soil is meant to be a research tool ahead of space travel. There are currently 30 pending orders. Space travel is time-consuming and expensive. And, hypothetically […]
Good news, now you can buy 1kg of imitation Mars dirt for just $28
Tech

Australia could have a base on the Moon ‘by the mid-2030s’

The CSIRO wants Australia to go to the Moon. Not only that, it wants Australia’s new space agency to build a base on the Moon, and launch manned missions to Mars from a staging post right here in Australia. All of which could be fully operational by the “mid-2030s”. This […]
Australia could have a base on the Moon ‘by the mid-2030s’
News

A venture capitalist and former Obama official are giving startups $30 million to fix a ‘crisis’ in our food system — and you can apply now

FoodShot Global is a new fund for researchers and startups who are solving problems in food and agriculture that stem from soil degradation. Venture capitalist Victor Friedberg, former Obama-administration USDA official Sara Eckhouse, and former Rabobank North America CEO Rajiv Singh will lead the fund. FoodShot Global partners include the […]
A venture capitalist and former Obama official are giving startups $30 million to fix a ‘crisis’ in our food system — and you can apply now
Tech

NASA just binned Elon Musk’s plans to terraform Mars

A NASA-sponsored study found there’s not enough carbon dioxide on Mars to help terraform the planet in any way to make it habitable for humans. If true, there goes pretty much the entire basis for Elon Musk’s plans to make Mars the kind of place humans might walk freely around […]
NASA just binned Elon Musk’s plans to terraform Mars
News

Scientists may have just found a lake of liquid water on Mars

Scientists from the National Institute for Astrophysics in Bologna may have found a lake of liquid water on Mars. Satellite data suggests the water might lie underneath the surface of a polar ice cap. The researchers used radar to probe the ice cap, and their new study suggests the potential […]
Scientists may have just found a lake of liquid water on Mars
Tech

Australia finally has a space agency — here’s why it’s about time

Australia, welcome to space. The club many would say we should have joined decades ago. Among OECD countries, only Australia and Iceland did not have a dedicated space agency. We were in a group that counted Luxembourg, Malta and Vatican City among its members. New Zealand, Indonesia, North Korea – […]
Australia finally has a space agency — here’s why it’s about time
US

What humans will look like on Mars

Colonizing Mars might be the best chance to ensure the human species survival in the future. In order to adapt to Mar’s hostile living conditions, our bodies will evolve in ways that might end up with a completely new species of human. Following is a script of the video. When […]
What humans will look like on Mars
News

NASA wants to send flying swarms of robot ‘bees’ to explore Mars

NASA commissioned a team of scientists to develop bio-inspired ‘bees’ to explore Mars. The tiny drones will have bumblebee shaped bodies and wings inspired by cicadas, the optimal shape for generating lift in the Martian atmosphere. The ‘Marsbees’ have a number of advantages over traditional, rotary-powered drones. Move over, Elon […]
NASA wants to send flying swarms of robot ‘bees’ to explore Mars
US

The surprising reason why NASA hasn’t sent humans to Mars yet

We could have been on Mars 30 years ago. At the peak of the Apollo era in the early ’70s, NASA was already planning its next step into the unknown. Its plans included building multiple space stations, continued trips to the Moon, and the first crewed mission to Mars by […]
The surprising reason why NASA hasn’t sent humans to Mars yet
Tech

Future inhabitants of Mars may live on onions and dandelion wine

OK, we get it. If you want to survive on Mars, just grow a bunch of potatoes out of your own, uh, fertiliser, like Matt Damon in The Martian and boil, smash and stew them to your stomach’s content. Except potatoes don’t grow anywhere near as well as on Mars […]
Future inhabitants of Mars may live on onions and dandelion wine
News

A car ad in space finally brought the country together

SpaceX launched a Tesla into space atop its Falcon Heavy rocket on Tuesday. The video feed of the event was the second most viewed YouTube livestream of all time. For a moment, the excitement was a respite from feelings of division in our country. Yesterday afternoon, Americans gathered around to […]
A car ad in space finally brought the country together
US

What it’s like to pretend to live on Mars for 8 months

NASA runs fake space missions on Earth. These simulations – called analogue missions – allow scientists to study what a long space mission would be like for the crew. Some analogue missions study the use of specialised technology or the effects of zero gravity on the body, but others focus […]
What it’s like to pretend to live on Mars for 8 months
News

Elon Musk pitched Trump on SpaceX’s mission to colonize other planets

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sought to pique Donald Trump’s interest in space colonization shortly after he was elected. Musk has previously asserted that people need to leave Earth in order to preserve humanity. He was one of several tech titans who courted Trump early on, according to an excerpt from […]
Elon Musk pitched Trump on SpaceX’s mission to colonize other planets
US

Here’s NASA’s plan to retrieve the first ever samples from Mars

NASA has unveiled its plan for its next Mars rover, “Mars 2020,” which will collect samples from the surface of the Red Planet. Following is a transcript of the video. Since landing Viking 1 on Mars in 1975, NASA has successfully put 7 rovers on Mars. But there’s still one […]
Here’s NASA’s plan to retrieve the first ever samples from Mars
News

Mars destroys tires — so NASA reinvented the wheel by giving it a memory

The rough terrain of Mars is breaking the wheels of NASA’s Curiosity rover. In response, NASA is trying to reinvent the wheel for space exploration. Metals that can “remember” their form, called shape-memory alloys, are key to the new design. The wheel won’t be used on the follow-on mission to […]
Mars destroys tires  —  so NASA reinvented the wheel by giving it a memory
News

Lockheed Martin is chasing Elon Musk in the race to Mars – here’s their plan

Lockheed Martin briefly stole SpaceX founder Elon Musk’s thunder at the International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide today, when the US defence contractor revealed plans to put humans on Mars within the decade. Lockheed Martin, which is currently building the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter for the Australian Air Force, plans to […]
Lockheed Martin is chasing Elon Musk in the race to Mars – here’s their plan
News

Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring space

As humans spread out across the Earth, the locations of new colonies were driven by the accessibility of resources: not only food and water, but also arable land, forests and minerals. Access to such resources remains important as the economy moves into space. Here, water has emerged as the pre-eminent […]
Ice mined on Mars could provide water for humans exploring space
News

10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Good morning. 1. The Emmys will be handed out today and for the first time since 2011, Game of Thrones won’t get a single nod. Not even a nomination, because it missed the eligibility period by 17 days. The red carpet rollout began at 6am AEST, the main event starts […]
10 things you need to know this morning in Australia
Tech

NASA just asked for an an origami expert on Freelancer to send people to Mars

NASA has posted three challenges on labour marketplace Freelancer, with one calling on an unusual ancient skill. The space agency is requesting crowdsourced solutions for packing and deploying radiation shielding gear for a Mars transfer vehicle, asking Freelancers to use techniques from origami — the Japanese art of paper folding. […]
NASA just asked for an an origami expert on Freelancer to send people to Mars
News

Scientists can’t explain a massive pit found on Mars

An image of the surface of Mars taken by the NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed a massive pit. Yes, it’s a hole, which sounds a lot less exciting than a giant crab god, thigh bones, weird jelly donuts, Donald Trump’s head or an ape-lady catching some rays. But unlike […]
Scientists can’t explain a massive pit found on Mars