Space the Final Frontier

Space the Final Frontier

Buzz Aldrin Thinks We Will Colonize Mars in the Next 25 Years

Buzz Aldrin. (Getty)

It’s been 45 years since humans first landed on the moon, and the world’s now wondering when people — not just adorable selfie-loving rovers — are going to head over to Mars.

Buzz Aldrin seems confident a Mars colony will happen, based on a Reddit AMA the famed astronaut conducted this afternoon. Among other fascinating topics, like that time he met Tina Fey, Mr. Aldrin espoused his “very strong idea, concept, conviction, that the first human beings to land on Mars should not come back to Earth.” Read More

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Israeli Group Seeks Spacecraft To Send Torah To the Moon

To infinity and beyond! (Wikimedia Commons)

An Israeli group is trying its best to eternally preserve Jewish tradition, should Earth ever be destroyed by the Mayan apocalypse or a robot takeover or something.

A project based in Tel Aviv, Israel is aiming to send a Torah to the moon, NewScientist reports. If their plan runs smoothly, the group — which aptly calls itself the “Torah on the Moon Project” — will also send up copies of the Hindu Vedas and the ancient Chinese I-Ching. Read More

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Brazilian Fisherman Finds Chunk of Space Rocket In Remote Amazonian River

Here's a scene from a river in Salinópolis, the town where the debris was found. (Wikimedia Commons)

A 73-year-old Brazilian fisherman was going about his day in a remote Amazonian river when lo and behold, he discovered a massive piece of “space junk” submerged in the water, the Guardian reports.

Turns out, the wall-sized panel was a piece of debris from the Ariane 5 rocket, one of Europe’s most sophisticated satellites. The rocket had reportedly launched from the Kourou base in French Guyana last July, the UK Space Agency said. The panel had been part of the satellite’s covering, and probably drifted inland after landing in the Atlantic. Read More

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Can Ultra-Rich Virgin Galactic Ticketholders Stomach New Mexico Long Enough to Get to Space?

Excuse me but where is the nearest Ritz? (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

There’s a whole mess of celebrities who’ve already signed up for $250,000 trips to outer space on Virgin Galactic, who’ll be embarking from “Spaceport America” in southern New Mexico. But first, the area is going to need more luxury hotels and fine dining establishments, because my God, a roadside motel? Not even for the chance to go to ACTUAL SPACE.

This analysis comes courtesy of the Las Cruces News, which reports on the proceedings of the recent International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight. Apparently one of the speakers was former PayPal senior manager and current Virgin Galactic ticket holder Michael Blum. He’s pretty psyched about his upcoming trip: “I’m going to space,” he said. “Less than 600 people have been. It’s a big event.” Read More

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Wanna Go to Space? Unless You’ve Got $250K, You Might Have to Try Winning This Reality Show

"Bitcoins in space you guys" - Richard Branson, probably (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’ve long dreamed of a TV show that combines America’s Next Top Model with space camp, you might finally be in luck. TV Guide says that producer Mark Burnett (The Voice, Shark Tank) currently has multiple networks engaged in a bidding war for a reality show that would send the winner into space.

Stop imagining a version of Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery where the most scheming person on the show is ejected from the Earth’s atmosphere and permanently abandoned. Read More