Space archive

  • E.Coli bacteria fuel could send man to the moon, and no it’s not an April Fool
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    E.Coli bacteria fuel could send man to the moon, and no it’s not an April Fool

    By 1 April 2014

    White coat-wearing boffins have managed to potentially create a natural alternative to rocket fuel, using bacteria. Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the US Department of Energy’s Joint BioEnergy Institute made the breakthrough by...

  • Santa went into space to deliver Chritmas presents, so he's forgiven for being late
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    Santa went into space to deliver Chritmas presents, so he's forgiven for being late

    By 13 January 2014

    If you thought sneaking into every house on the planet in one night was impressive, Santa even went into space to deliver presents. Six astronauts received their Christmas gifts on Sunday. Better late than never, and Santa can't really be blamed, as...

  • Channel 4 to broadcast live from International Space Station as part of its Space Season
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    Channel 4 to broadcast live from International Space Station as part of its Space Season

    By 9 January 2014

    Channel 4 will broadcast an interactive two-hour live special show from the International Space Station in March, to end a whole month of programming dedicated to space travel and exploration. Live from Space: Lap of the Planet will be broadcast from...

  • Space tourism will become more affordable, says ex-NASA pilot and Oblivion consultant Rick Searfoss
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    Space tourism will become more affordable, says ex-NASA pilot and Oblivion consultant Rick Searfoss

    By 28 August 2013

    Space tourism is soon to be a booming business. Virgin Galactic is perhaps the most globally known company that allows consumers to buy a flight into space, but there are others offering similar packages, often at far lower prices. Ex-NASA pilot Rick...

  • Space Oddity covered on International Space Station: Best music video ever?
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    Space Oddity covered on International Space Station: Best music video ever?

    By 13 May 2013

    When David Bowie first recorded Space Oddity, little did he realise that 44 years later it would be sung in space itself, by a genuine spaceman. And with a music video shot while orbiting the Earth. His 21-year-old self would have appreciated it though...

  • Brit boffins to send Google Nexus phone into space to drive Satellite
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    Brit boffins to send Google Nexus phone into space to drive Satellite

    By 8 February 2013

    Scientists have built a Google Nexus One smartphone into a satellite due to launch into space on 25 February. Barring software changes, the Android phone is completely unmodified and will be used in the heart of the orbiting spacecraft during its six-month...

  • Space Travel: A beginner's guide to becoming an astronaut
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    Space Travel: A beginner's guide to becoming an astronaut

    By 1 February 2013

    It's a phrase we never really imagined ourselves writing, but these days you are spoilt for choice when it comes to travelling into space. Virgin Galactic is doing its thing, Lynx Space Academy has got involved and even the International Space Station...

  • Lynx Space Academy offers you the chance to go to space, for real
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    Lynx Space Academy offers you the chance to go to space, for real

    By 11 January 2013

    Lynx is offering the chance to travel into space with the launch of its 2013 Lynx Apollo range. The Unilever brand is looking to put the Lynx Effect into orbit by giving you the chance to win place on a space trip, in support of the launch of its new...

  • Want to go to the Moon? Now you can, as long as you've got $1.4bn
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    Want to go to the Moon? Now you can, as long as you've got $1.4bn

    By 7 December 2012

    Fancy going to the Moon, got $1.4bn spare, and are free sometime in 2020? Great, you'll be one of the first passengers on a new commercial flight heading to the Moon in less than a decade.  That's the plan anyway by Golden Spike, which has just announced...

  • APP OF THE DAY: Solar Walk review (iPad and iPhone)
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    APP OF THE DAY: Solar Walk review (iPad and iPhone)

    By 18 October 2012

    Aim for the stars and you’ll clear the fence by a mile - apparently words from Buzz Aldrin, although we can’t actually find any evidence of the fact. As it stands, it doesn’t really matter because what’s at the core of that nugget has nothing...

  • Space tourism a reality: Excalibur Almaz spacecraft pictures and hands-on
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    Space tourism a reality: Excalibur Almaz spacecraft pictures and hands-on

    By 19 June 2012

    Space has been a theme that's enthralled so many for decades - from sci-fi TV shows, to the  US Moon landing, and more recently tests of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic "glider" that’s due to send paying customers into space in by 2015. Now there's...

  • Mass Effect 3 is out of this world, literally (video)
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    Mass Effect 3 is out of this world, literally (video)

    By 2 March 2012

    This week Mass Effect 3 became the first video game in Space, after BioWare launched the game, literally, ahead of it going on sale next week. BioWare, the game's developers, teamed up with the Project Aether team at University of Houston and students...

  • Juno spacecraft takes Lego into a whole new world
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    Juno spacecraft takes Lego into a whole new world

    By 4 August 2011

    Three Lego figurines are about to boldly go where no man has gone before - to Jupiter's polar orbit onboard the Juno spacecraft. The 1.5-inch models representing Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno will take their places alongside...

  • Space shuttle: the ultimate gadget - 30 years of service
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    Space shuttle: the ultimate gadget - 30 years of service

    By 8 July 2011

    Despite lifting off 135 times, making an appearance in a Bond film, and even its immortalisation in Lego, the famous space shuttle is taking early retirement. On 8 July 2011, the Atlantis orbiter will embark on the very last space shuttle mission bringing...

  • Google Nexus S survives trip to space
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    Google Nexus S survives trip to space

    By 24 December 2010

    It's official. The Google Nexus S is space-worthy, after surviving a trip into near space - which is presumably not quite as good as outer space (we wanted to say innerspace but apart from being inaccurate it might be confused with the classic 80s sci-fi...

  • VIDEO: Potato dressed as Santa launched into space by schoolkids
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    VIDEO: Potato dressed as Santa launched into space by schoolkids

    By 19 November 2010

    Pupils from Landscove C of E Primary School in Devon, UK have shot a potato dressed as Santa into space, inside an empty 2 litre plastic fizzy pop bottle. It managed to make it to 90,000-feet (17 miles) before the helium balloon it was tied to popped....

  • Nvidia allows cosmonauts to get the most out of "Mars" mission
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    Nvidia allows cosmonauts to get the most out of "Mars" mission

    By 10 June 2010

    News has recently come in that the Nvidia's 3D Vision Technology is being used in the Mars-500 project. The third, and longest, stage of the project began on 3 June and involves a group of cosmonauts who are spending 520 days in a hermetically sealed...

  • 20 of the best Hubble facts and photos
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    20 of the best Hubble facts and photos

    By 24 April 2010

    Trapped on this, metaphorically speaking, ever shrinking planet there is not one amongst us who has not stared up into the heavens and gazed in awe at the myriad of pin pricks that make up the night sky. Enter stage left the telescope, a technological...

  • One small step for UK Space Agency...
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    One small step for UK Space Agency...

    By 23 March 2010

    Lord Mandelson has brought some excitement to gadget and technology buffs with his words grounding science fiction at the launch of the UK Space Agency. Despite science minister Lord Drayson's wishes "to see human beings living on Mars'', the business...

  • Astronaut sends Twitpics from space
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    Astronaut sends Twitpics from space

    By 5 February 2010

    Now that the International Space Station has been hooked up to the Web, the astronauts onboard have been going Twitter-crazy. One of them - expedition flight engineer Soichi Noguchi - has been sending all manner of Twitpics back to solid ground. While...

  • Tweets in space: ISS hooked up to the web
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    Tweets in space: ISS hooked up to the web

    By 22 January 2010

    The International Space Station has received a software update that enables something rather magical for the astronauts that inhabit it - access to the world wide web. Which we assume will henceforth be known as the solar-system-wide-web. A NASA statement...

  • Students successful with £90 space camera
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    Students successful with £90 space camera

    By 22 September 2009

    Two American MIT students have managed to capture images of the Earth's surface with a home-made kit estimated to cost £90. Oliver Yeh and Justin Lee's kit included a compact camera, a weather balloon, a mobile phone and hand warmers. The camera was...

  • US Air Force reponds on GPS failure concerns
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    US Air Force reponds on GPS failure concerns

    By 21 May 2009

    Pocket-lint brought you the news late last week that the US Air Force was having difficulty maintaining the GPS system that powers a million satnavs and smartphones worldwide. Turns out that everything's actually okay, if you believe the Air Force anyway....

  • GPS accuracy could "significantly degrade" in 2010
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    GPS accuracy could "significantly degrade" in 2010

    By 15 May 2009

    That snazzy new smartphone or satnav that you've just bought might start to have problems getting a location lock by 2010, if reports are to be believed that the Global Positioning System is in trouble. The network of 24 satellites is under the control...

  • Sync Software for iPhone launched
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    Sync Software for iPhone launched

    By 2 January 2008

    A new package that allows users to switch "seamlessly" between smartphones, BlackBerrys or Windows Mobile devices to the iPhone has been launched by Californian developer Mark/Space. The Missing Sync for the iPhone offers migration tools for smartphone...