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Project Persephone aims at taking space exploration much further than current plans envisage.


Noah’s Ark for Space?

Researchers in the UK, USA, Italy and the Netherlands are working on a “living spaceship” to launch in 100 years. The self-sustaining spacecraft will rely on biotechnologies to carry people beyond our Solar System. Organic matter, algae, artificial soil, production of biofuel and sustainable foods are all part of the plan.

The project, dubbed Project Persephone, is part of Icarus Interstellar, a nonprofit foundation aiming to achieve interstellar flight by 2100. Other projects include Icarus (an unmanned fusion-powered interstellar probe), Helius (an investigation of laser-initiated pulse propulsion), Tin Tin (a nanosat mission to Alpha Centauri) and Forward (a beamed energy/sails initiative for interstellar propulsion).


Image: The Daedalus, another Icarus Interstellar concept (artist’s impression). Credit: David A Hardy

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A bit more about Kepler 186f.


NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’

  • Kepler-186f is 1.1 times the size of Earth.
  • Due to its size and location, it’s likely to be rocky. It’s (probably) not some gaseous ball.
  • It’s 500 lightyears away from Earth.
  • Scientists hypothesize it is at least several billion years old.
  • Its years are 130 days long and it gets one-third the energy from its star that Earth gets from the sun. So it’s chilly. On the chilliest end of the habitable zone.
  • At noon on Kepler-186f, its sun would be about as bright as ours is an hour before sunset.
  • It has four brother planets, though none of them are habitable. They fly around their sun once every four, seven, 13 and 22 days, so they are way too close and too hot for life.

Kepler 186f - the next Earth?


Kepler Discovers First Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone of Another Star (by NASA Ames Research Center)


What`s watching what in the Solar System.


Our Eyes In Space

(via the-actual-universe)

NASAs planned robotic mission to explore Jupiter´s watery moon, Europa, should produce very interesting findings.


NASA Plans Trip to Jupiter’s Watery Moon

NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter’s watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life.

The space agency set aside $15 million in its 2015 budget proposal to start planning some kind of mission to Europa. No details have been decided yet, but NASA chief financial officer Elizabeth Robinson says that it will be launched in the mid-2020s.

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(via starstuffblog)

The view on Mars.


Gale crater, Mars. Last week.

Remembering the heroes of Apollo 1 who died on this day in 1967.


On the anniversary of the 1967 Apollo 1 launchpad fire, LIFE remembers astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee, who perished in one of the worst disasters in NASA’s history.

(Photo: Ralph Morse—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

(via npr)