How Asteroid Mining Could Pay for Our First Space Colony

Many of us dream of living on other planets, but are two things we'll need before it can actually happen: money and raw materials. Now some companies say they have a solution to this problem. They'll mine asteroids for valuable metal ores, and for basic resources like water that we'll need once we're far from Earth. » 2/17/15 1:00pm 2/17/15 1:00pm

This Huge Engineering Project May Be Our Best Chance At Colonizing Space

Space colonization has reached an impasse, for reasons far more fundamental than a lack of money for the Space Shuttle program. There is simply no way humans can travel easily offworld without using massive amounts of rocket fuel to escape the gravity well — and that's both expensive and environmentally… » 2/04/15 2:32pm 2/04/15 2:32pm

Which Religions Are Prepared to Accept Life in Space?

Assuming we don't blow ourselves up before then, colonizing other planets may be the last hope for the survival of humanity. Most of the preparation for this cosmic expansion has centered around solving the more immediate, physical problems of transporting our bodies into deep space, but what about our culture?… » 1/27/15 11:00am 1/27/15 11:00am

Stephen Hawking on Space Colonization, Villainy, and Predictive Text 

The fictional version of Stephen Hawking is getting a lot of attention thanks to the biopic The Theory of Everything. But real-life Stephen Hawking is far more badass than his big-screen counterpart. He's also up for discussing his theories on pretty much everything, as Wired's recent interview shows. » 1/13/15 11:33am 1/13/15 11:33am

8 Things We Can Do Now to Build a Space Colony This Century

Before humans start living in space on a regular basis, there's a lot of basic science and political agendas that need to advance. We talked to scientists and experts about the fundamental things they think we should do right now, if we want to have a space colony in the next 100 years. » 9/08/14 3:42pm 9/08/14 3:42pm

Why Russia Was Studying Space Lizard Sex In the First Place

For a brief moment, the internet was captivated by the thought of geckos copulating madly in a lost Russian satellite. Russia has since regained control of its lizard-sex orbiter, but the whole episode has gifted us an opportunity to consider a topic of extremely legitimate scientific interest. Namely, lizard sex in… » 7/29/14 12:27pm 7/29/14 12:27pm