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Unlucky Kids Lost Their School Projects In The Antares Rocket Explosion

Watching the unmanned Antares rocket explode after lift-off last night was devastating, but the loss was especially tough for a handful of school-kids across the US and Canada. In addition to the supplies onboard were projects they designed for the space journey.


The Antares Explosion Looked Even Worse From A Plane

The launch failure of Orbital Science’s Antares last night spurred a shockingly huge fireball — rocket fuel can do that. But here’s a perspective only a few people witnessed: The explosion from 900m up. To paraphrase the pilot who filmed it, HOLY COW.


NASA'S Antares Rocket Just Exploded On Lift-Off (Video)

Holy crap. NASA’s latest (unmanned) space craft just exploded in a massive fireball moments after launch.


10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Our Reality

Cool technologies that were once reserved for science fiction are invading our reality at an accelerating pace. In some cases, our Earth-bound scientists have proven that seemingly impossible technologies can be developed, but they still have some obstacles to overcome first. In other cases, those technologies are already here.


Get Goosebumps Listening To Carl Sagan Talk About Space Exploration

I’m ashamed to admit that I didn’t know about The Sagan Series — an ongoing series of educational videos featuring Carl Sagan’s voice created by Reid Gower — until today, when I watched The Frontier Is Everywhere. The combination of his words, his voice and the imagery gave me the chills. Highly recommended.


Kraft Foods Gave Away A Real Spaceship Simulator In 1959

If you were a kid in the 1950s and ’60s you were bombarded with an amazing promise: one day, when you’re all grown up, you’ll be able to holiday on the moon. But until then you’ll have to settle for space-adventure TV shows and comic books. Unless, of course, you won this real, live space simulator from 1959.


Listen To The Historic Sounds Of Space Travel On NASA's SoundCloud

In space, perhaps nobody can hear your scream — but that doesn’t mean that stellar travel is a silent pursuit. Now, NASA has started compiling mountains of historic space-related audio clips for us all to listen to. And there are some belters.


A Look At How NASA Tests Its Craft For The Deep Freeze Of Space

You’re looking at the James Webb Space Telescope as it’s lowered into NASA’s Goddard Thermal Vacuum Chamber. Inside the dark cavern, it is subjected to the same hostile environments as it will experience in space.


Comet C/2013 A1 Passed Mars Yesterday

Briefly: Comet C/2013 A1, known as Siding Spring, passes Mars, just yesterday. In fact, it passed closer to Mars than any comet has ever passed by Earth in recorded history — so scientists are excited to see what the craft orbiting Mars made of it. [SEN/Damian Peach]


A Future Air-Traffic Control System For Drones Could Use Mobile Phones

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones or quadcopters as you’d prefer to call them, have certainly taken off in the last few years, which is great, if you love taking cool movies (or terrorising your neighbour’s dog). But it’s created a headache for the FAA, who have moved to regulate the infant industry and make low-flying aircraft controlled by amateur pilots safer. The latest proposal: an air-traffic control system based on cellular networks.


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