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Boeing May Try To Race SpaceX To Mars

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Boeing May Try To Race SpaceX To Mars

Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla Roadster in space could be set for an unexpected reunion with its billionaire owner, courtesy of Boeing. That's according to Dennis Muilenburg, the CEO of SpaceX's rival who made the lighthearted comments during an interview at a Politico Space Forum. Muilenberg said "we might pick up the one out there and bring it back", as he challenged Musk in a race to Mars, reports Daily Mail. The Boeing boss believe he can get humans on the red planet in 10 years, a similar timeframe to that outlined by Elon Musk. Aerospace giant Boeing is working...

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Could Boeing's 'Starliner' Spacecraft Be a Next Step for Reaching the Moon and Beyond?

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Could Boeing's 'Starliner' Spacecraft Be a Next Step for Reaching the Moon and Beyond?

Picture this: A team of space travelers blasts off from Earth in a fully automated shuttle that carries them to an outpost orbiting around the moon, where they will embark on a voyage to Mars. Though it sounds like science fiction, this fantastic journey may be closer than you think: An automated spacecraft designed to transport people into low Earth orbit could be ready for its maiden (uncrewed) voyage as early as this summer. The new spacecraft, called the Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner, is being developed in partnership with NASA by a private company generally associated with commercial airplanes:...

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NASA Has a Plan to Put Robot Bees on Mars

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NASA Has a Plan to Put Robot Bees on Mars

NASA has two teams of researchers working to design a robotic bee that can fly on Mars. The space agency announced the project on March 30. It's in its early stages, but the idea is to replace modern rovers — which are slow, bulky and very expensive — with swarms of sensor-studded, fast-moving micro-bots that can cover much more ground at a relatively low cost. Literally called Marsbees, the little bots are "flapping wing flyers of a bumblebee size with cicada-sized wings," NASA officials wrote. As Live Science has previously reported , the largest species of bumblebee grows to be...

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Here's Why the Government Should Fund "Gee-Whiz" Science

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Here's Why the Government Should Fund "Gee-Whiz" Science

As a scientist, sometimes people ask me: Why should the government fund astronomy? Why should the government drive cars on Mars, image exploding stars or fly a satellite into the sun’s atmosphere? This is my standard answer: Because discovering how water forms on Mars or how stars produce heavy elements leads to new technology. And that technology creates industries, products, and jobs. But here’s my real answer: Because it inspires people. As a solar physicist, I spend every day studying the sun. But during the solar eclipse last year, 200 million people—more than half of the U.S. population—went out of...

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Elon Musk says Mars colony a hedge against World War III

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Elon Musk says Mars colony a hedge against World War III

Humanity's brutal and bellicose past provides ample justification for pursuing settlements on the moon and Mars, Elon Musk says. The billionaire entrepreneur has long stressed that he founded SpaceX in 2002 primarily to help make humanity a multiplanet species — a giant leap that would render us much less vulnerable to extinction. Human civilization faces many grave threats over the long haul, from asteroid strikes and climate change to artificial intelligence run amok, Musk has said over the years. And he recently highlighted our well-documented inability to get along with each other as another frightening factor. "Last century, we had...

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