Virgin Galactic

[reading time: eight minutes] If you’re joining in today, be sure to learn more on our quest for space entrepreneurship with our month-long series “Is space becoming private?” clicking here. This is the last iteration of our mini-series on commercial space exploration and on the whys and hows of it. [This article has a companion track … More Virgin Galactic

Blue Origin

[reading time: I have no clue] If you’re joining in today, be sure to learn more on our quest for space entrepreneurship with our month-long series “is space becoming private” clicking here. The modern  race to space is increasingly getting private. Today’s guest is Blue Origin, aerospace company owned and run by CEO and founder of … More Blue Origin

SpaceX: everything you need to know (and probably a little bit more).

Here we are with the first iteration of our three-weeks series on the private race to space that we are witnessing in those last years. Today’s “guest” is SpaceX, company funded and founded by billionaire and real-life Tony Stark Elon Musk (that guy from Tesla, PayPal et cetera – personal hero of mine). … More SpaceX: everything you need to know (and probably a little bit more).

The complete 48 hours guide to TRAPPIST-1

So you’ve heard the big news: there’s a new planet in town. Actually, there are seven of them, not that far away from our solar system (around 39 light years – 12.1 parsecs if you prefer imperial measurements).
You and your better half decided to spend a weekend on the exoplanets orbiting around TRAPPIST-1, so you buy the tickets, pack your stuff and suit up for the great adventure.
Here’s our recipe for this week’s best interstellar bang for your bucks. … More The complete 48 hours guide to TRAPPIST-1

Astronomers: Multiple Cosmic Collisions May Have Created Our Moon

It looks so tranquil up there. So still. But we know space is neither tranquil nor still. Our own Moon is no exception. New research suggests the Moon was the product of some very, very violent smashing: Around 4.5 billion years ago, a rowdy gang of stellar objects smashed into our young planet, creating the … More Astronomers: Multiple Cosmic Collisions May Have Created Our Moon

NASA Wants to Make a Mobile Water Factory on the Moon

Water has long been the limiting factor for humans in space. But now, NASA is developing a rover that can make water on the Moon. Such a capability will be necessary for any serious attempt at the permanent settlement of Mars, or any other long-term space voyage. If successful, it will inaugurate a new, critical … More NASA Wants to Make a Mobile Water Factory on the Moon

Why Do Rockets Need So Much Fuel If, In Space, There Is Nothing to Slow Them Down?

The propellant is primarily needed to get the spacecraft into orbit, not to stay in orbit. In the above picture, you can see an illustration of a mission to the Moon. Rockets are conventionally built to have multiple stages. This is done because so much fuel is needed to get a payload from the surface … More Why Do Rockets Need So Much Fuel If, In Space, There Is Nothing to Slow Them Down?