A theoretical physicist just found a way for us to reach Light Speed
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Travelling at light speeds, or “Warp,” is standard fare for every sci-fi film, but now, even though there are significant technological barriers to overcome, it looks like we could achieve it…   The fun world of theoretical physics frees us all from the shackles... Read more
Branson announces Virgin Galactic will send tourists into space in 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s been a long time coming but Richard Branson believes Virgin Galactic’s first space tourists will take off in 2018, opening the final frontier up to tourism for the first time   Wannabe space tourism company Virgin Galactic hasn’t exactly had the easiest time... Read more
Revolutionary new single stage Aerospike powered rocket set for 2018 launch
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF All of today’s rockets are expensive, complex multi stage systems, but ARCA’s new Aerospike powered rocket will be the world’s first single stage rocket to travel from Earth to orbit   Today, every rocket that’s launched into space is what is known in the... Read more
SpaceX’s first Falcon Heavy launch will attempt upper stage recovery
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Re-using rockets, let alone the world’s largest, is fraught with technical challenges but Musk is confident he can overcome them and dramatically reduce the cost of space exploration   On Friday, after the successful re-use of its Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk surprised people... Read more
SpaceX makes history launching its first recycled rocket
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to re-use rockets cuts the cost of launches down by a hundred fold, paving the way for cheaper, more affordable space travel   Earlier today SpaceX successfully demonstrated their ability to re-use a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket – the same rocket that... Read more
Explorers wanted: American government tells NASA to get humanity to Mars
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The falling cost of space exploration and grand visions are pushing organisations to take the next giant leap – to make us an interplanetary species   Last week, perhaps in response to the growing interest in Mars from companies such as Boeing, and SpaceX, as... Read more
Jeff Bezos announces plans to create the world’s first Moon delivery service
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As agencies around the world race to begin establishing bases and villages on the Moon we’re going to need a company that can help transport all the equipment and supplies   The cost of going into space has plummeted over the past few years,... Read more
NASA unveils plans to restore Mars’ atmosphere within three years
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If Mars is ever going to become humanity’s second home it’s going to have to be terraformed, the first step in achieving that is giving it an atmosphere   Mars might be better as the Red planet today but there’s plenty of evidence to... Read more
Researchers have created a Dark Matter map of the universe
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dark matter makes up over eighty percent of the universe and holds our galaxies together so being able to map it could help us understand how galaxies and the universe formed   For the first time ever scientists at Yale University have figured out... Read more
Elon Musk announced SpaceX is sending two private citizens to the Moon
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Man hasn’t returned to the Moon since first landing on it 45 years ago, and this will be the first time we go back   Yesterday afternoon at 4PM EST SpaceX CEO and polymath Elon Musk, who was recently in Dubai selling 200 self-driving... Read more
NASA’s possible-impossible plasma engine roars into life
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s inevitable that humanity will one day become an interstellar species and engines like these might be the ones to get us there, wherever “there” is   Franklin Chang-Díaz bounds up a handful of stairs and looks through a porthole cut into the side... Read more
NASA just discovered seven Earth like planets
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more Earth like planets we discover the more new homes we find for humanity when we finally become an interstellar species   Not just one, but seven Earth sized planets that could potentially harbour life have been identified orbiting a tiny star not too... Read more
Massive new satellite network can watch everyone on Earth
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new, bolstered, space satellite system to keep watch over the world   Planet, a global satellite company, who recently bought mini-sat company Terra Bella from Google, is used to breaking records. In 2014, a rocket exploded with a payload of 26 of the... Read more
Scientists get ready to take the world’s first photo of a Black Hole
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Taking a photo of a Black Hole was always thought to be impossible, until now and it’s going to be awesome   Scientists believe they are on the verge of obtaining the first ever picture of a black hole, and in order to accomplish... Read more
Dubai heads to Mars, announces 2117 colonisation plans
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Dubai and the UAE aren’t just shining a light on the future, they’re building it, and now their latest ambition is to colonise Mars   Earlier this week Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the leader of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) joined Elon... Read more
NASA wants to turn asteroids into spacecraft
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Turning an asteroid into a spacecraft sounds easy, but it isn’t, however, thanks to 3D printing and some brainy experts we could see the first asteroid spacecraft appear in the 2030’s   The concept of mining things in space, whether it’s mining the Moon... Read more
The Moon beckons as five Lunar XPRIZE teams make it to the final round
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The race to be the first private company to land on the Moon is on, and now just five teams are left in the running   Google’s Lunar XPRIZE team have announced that five of the original sixteen private space companies have managed to... Read more
NASA unveils its new Mars habitat concept
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When the first astronauts arrive on Mars they’re going to need somewhere to eat, live and sleep, and NASA’s new icy concept could be just the home away from home they always wanted   There are a lot of hoops to jump through before... Read more
Two Google XPRIZE teams join forces to land on the Moon
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For the sixteen private teams racing to land a lunar rover on the moon in 2017 achieving the goal is more important than the politics   Two teams competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE have decided to join forces and have signed a ride... Read more
SpaceX teases a photo of the Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you want to build a colony on Mars you need a big rocket to move a lot of stuff – it’s as simple as that   SpaceX’s massive new rocket, the Falcon Heavy, hasn’t taken flight yet, but when it does, it will be... Read more
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