Space

Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station

Google Street View now lets you explore the International Space Station (ISS) . This marks Street View’s first foray into space and gives those of us who will likely never get to visit the ISS a

Shape-shifting ‘4D’ printed objects could pave the way for outer space structures

It takes a lot of money to launch stuff into space — even by NASA terms. The cost ranges from around $9,000 to more than $40,000 per pound. With that sort of price tag, weight and space are at a

Crunch Report | Jeff Bezos Sells $1B in Amazon Stock Annually to Fund Blue Origin

The Kriesel high-performance electric converted Porsche, Jeff Bezos sells $1 billion in stock annually to fund Blue Origin, Hyperloop One completes Vegas test track and 23andMe can now let you know if

Stellar echoes, Venusian automatons and more gain NASA moonshot funding

NASA has announced the recipients of its most recent round of highly experimental projects it deems promising enough to fund. These NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts aren't guaranteed to go all the wa

Commission your own traffic and construction studies without ever leaving bed using SpaceKnow

The number of things that can be done from the comfort of one's own bed has increased in recent years — shopping, banking and now geospatial analytics. OK, it doesn't sound sexy, but it might give y

ESA shows off sweet new renders of the Exomars 2020 rover

Late last year the European Space Agency doubled down on its Mars mission, dedicating half a billion euros to the next phase of its Exomars 2020 program — and now we are seeing the benefits of that

MIT lab’s smart boots could keep astronauts on their feet

If you've ever worn a spacesuit during a moonwalk or EVA, and I know a lot of you have, you were probably frustrated by how difficult it was to move around — both with the restrictions of the suit i

NASA released a ton of software for free and here’s some you should try

NASA has just published its 2017-2018 software catalog, which lists the many apps, code libraries and tools that pretty much anyone can download and use. Of course, most of it is pretty closely tied t

NASA’s concept Europa lander belongs on the cover of a sci-fi pulp

Long before any mission to another planet is undertaken, NASA and other space agencies commission reports on why and how we might want to go about it. The latest such report was issued this week regar

Descartes Labs opens its geospatial analysis engine to a handful of lucky developers

It’s easy to forget that even with the fanciest of machine learning models, we still need humans in the trenches cleaning input data. Descartes Labs, a startup that combines satellite imagery

Origami-inspired radiator from NASA could change shape to warm or cool tiny satellites

The devices we're sending into space are getting smaller and lighter, which means there's less room for bulky and static components. Flexibility and compactness are coming into vogue, and this prototy

Boeing shows off the spacesuit astronauts will wear on the Starliner

The commercial spaceflight industry is doing a great job creating new rockets, launch vehicles and all that good stuff, but spacesuits have seen few alterations. Until now. Boeing has publicly debuted

Moth eyes inspired the design of this hypersensitive camera

If you wanted to see in the dark, you could do worse than follow the example of moths, which have of course made something of a specialty of it. That, at least, is what NASA researchers did when desig

5-year, 2-petabyte digital survey of the night sky is the largest ever released

Astronomers have a powerful new resource in the Pan-STARRS survey of the night sky, carried out over five years and half a million exposures from the top of Mauna Kea on Maui. The two petabytes of dat

ESA commits half a billion to its next Mars lander despite predecessor’s crash

The European Space Agency is doubling down on Mars, dedicating nearly half a billion dollars to its follow-up mission to the planet's surface — even though the first one quite literally cratered. Bu

Crunch Report | Facebook Messenger Instant Games

The sales results from Cyber Monday 2016, Facebook Messenger launches Instant Games, Starburst Ventures wants to bankroll space, Lyft now tells you the cost of your ride ahead of time and BreakfastNY

DARPA establishes group to standardize robotic space repairs

If we're to keep thousands of expensive satellites in working order, the job isn't going to be done by humans — and DARPA suggests we all get on the same page before we start designing robotic syste

Starburst Ventures closes $200 million debut fund to back space tech startups

A new venture fund called Starburst Ventures has raised a $200 million debut fund to invest in early stage aerospace startups over the next three years. The fund is an extension of the Starburst Accel

Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom for computing advances

President Obama awarded the country's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to a batch of 21 deserving recipients, among them computing pioneers Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton

3D-printed satellite launcher heads to ISS with blessing of Chris Hadfield and Grant Imahara

If you could print something out aboard the International Space Station, what would it be? That was the question posed to engineers and enthusiasts in the ISS Design Competition, and the winner — a
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