Space exploration

Space exploration is the discovery and exploration of celestial structures in outer space by developing and growing space technology. While the study of space is carried out mainly by astronomers with telescopes, the physical exploration of space is conducted both by unmanned robotic space probes and human spaceflight.
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  • Explosion of Space Shuttle Tested CEO of Morton Thiokol
    The Wall Street Journal

    Explosion of Space Shuttle Tested CEO of Morton Thiokol

    Charles Locke, who died Aug. 4, headed a company that made Morton’s table salt and aerospace equipment. He was in a difficult position after investigators blamed rocket boosters made by his firm for the 1986 explosion of the Challenger space shuttle.

  • Bad News? Space Travel Will Screw With Your Gut Bacteria
    Digital Trends

    Bad News? Space Travel Will Screw With Your Gut Bacteria

    Don't go into space; it'll wreak havoc on your gut. At least, that is one possible takeaway from a piece of research coming out of Northwestern University, where investigators have been exploring the impact of spaceflight on the gut microbiome, the communities of microorganisms found in the gastrointestinal tract. “We analyzed mouse fecal samples obtained from NASA's Biospecimen Sharing Program,” Martha Vitaterna, research professor in Northwestern's Department of Neurobiology, told Digital Trends. “These were from the Rodent Research 1 (RR-1) mission, flown in 2014. DNA was extracted from the samples, and bacterial genes were sequenced from the DNA in order to identify what bacterial species

  • Are These Lush '70s Designs The Future Of Space Colonization, Or Is It Time For A Different Vision?
    Forbes

    Are These Lush '70s Designs The Future Of Space Colonization, Or Is It Time For A Different Vision?

    In their race to dominate space, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are vying to be seen as the most ambitious man on Earth. Their rocketry is powerful, and their visions are otherworldly. But neither can compete with the ambitions of Alessandro Poli. In the early 1970s, Poli proposed to construct an Earth-Moon highway. Together with his architectural collaborators at Superstudio, Poli schemed to bring the Moon into an orbit 40,000 kilometers from Earth ­– approximately a tenth its current distance – timing it to circle the planet at the rate of planetary rotation. That way a highway could be built with asteroidal rubble, allowing people to commute. As an interesting exhibition at the San Francisco Museum