Two years ago, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo, the space plane it hoped to use to send tourists into space, failed on a test flight and crashed in the desert. Now, it’s revealed a brand new version of SpaceShipTwo.
After watching a two hour debate on the feasibility of the Mars One mission last night, I think I finally understand its problem. It’s not that the company is broke. It’s that we don’t yet have the technology to sustain human life on Mars, and Mars One still won’t admit it.
The European Space Agency has a brand new head. Johann-Dietrich Woerner took over the agency two weeks ago and he just dropped a major new proposition: Let’s build a village on the moon.
It’s Space Habitats Week here at Gizmodo and io9. Planetary settlements have garnered a lot of attention lately, from caves on the Moon to eventual outposts on Mars (we’re not going to talk about Mars One). Today, you can ask Al Globus, an expert on orbital settlements, about why humanity’s future is in orbit rather…
The Second Man on the Moon was on Reddit yesterday doing an AMA. When asked what advice he'd like to give to Space X's Elon Musk, Aldrin's response was decidedly unsympathetic.
The colonization of Earth's orbit, the Moon, Mars, and other planets still promises a kind of space utopia for Homo sapiens. Since the second half of the 20th century, more and more concepts have imagined how it could be possible for humans to live in permanent habitats beyond our planet. The following 28 images show…
Artist Ray G. Scarfo's illustration of a semi-permanent moon base in the future. Published in the May 1969 issue of Science Journal, just two months before humans would first set foot on the moon.
People always forget about radiation when they imagine space colonies. Out there, on other worlds, humans won't be shielded from cosmic radiation the way we are by Earth's magnetic field. That's why cities on other worlds are likely to be underground. Here are few places we might build them.
There's nothing hotter right now than starting your own libertarian-minded community from scratch. Or at least threatening to do so.
London-based design firm Foster+Partners aims to partner-up with the European Space Agency, and build structures on the Moon from the regolith found on the surface. The inflatable scaffolding would be manufactured on Earth, then transported to the Moon and covered with a durable shell constructed by…
Ah, sweet, sweet naivety. In this reto-tastic NASA video about space colonization, the narrator waxes optimistically about building a 10,000-person space colony before the year 2000. Hey, at least we got the ISS, right? [Boing Boing]
With the arrival of the Cassini–Huygens mission in 2004 to Saturn's satellite Titan, we terrestrials became acutely aware that similar moons could be orbiting similarly large planets in other solar systems besides our own.
The Moon is likely home to lots of rare elements that are vital to new energy technologies and national security. Considering Earth's mineral reserves are running out and countries are restricting access, could lunar mining be our only hope?
Want to know what life will look like on other planets? Look no farther than these five creatures, who are already prepared for life on Saturn's moon Titan - or in the hard vacuum of deep space.
How close are we to long-term human habitation beyond low-Earth orbit? Colonies on the moon or Mars are still many years off, but the good news is there are several serious efforts underway to make it happen.
This image from the Cassini probe shows an ice volcano erupting on the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Scientists have suggested that these volcanoes might come from water beneath the moon's surface, and new evidence makes this theory more plausible.
In the 1970s, NASA conducted a number of summer studies to create artwork depicting the future of space colonies. At 10,000 people, these colonies housed slightly more people than the current three-person ISS crew.
Remember that mystery white substance that the Phoenix Lander uncovered beneath Martian soil with its robot arms? Scientists were speculating that it might be salt or it might be ice. Now, a few days later, it's looking very much like ice. Why? It's melting, as you can see in these pictures.