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Where does space begin? – MIT Technology Review

Like all geographical boundaries, the line between Earth and the heavens is indistinct. Just as the border between sea and land shifts with tides and waves, the atmosphere’s thickness varies...

Soon, satellites will be able to watch you everywhere all the time

In 2013, police in Grants Pass, Oregon, got a tip that a man named Curtis W. Croft had been illegally growing marijuana in his backyard. So they checked Google Earth....

Soon, satellites will be able to watch you everywhere all the time

In 2013, police in Grants Pass, Oregon, got a tip that a man named Curtis W. Croft had been illegally growing marijuana in his backyard. So they checked Google Earth....

How music about space became music about drugs

The rock era and the space age exist on parallel time lines. The Soviets launched Sputnik in October 1957, the same month Elvis Presley hit #1 with “Jailhouse Rock.” The...

How the asteroid-mining bubble burst

In the best of worlds, Chris Lewicki and Peter Diamandis might have changed the course of human civilization. Their startup, Planetary Resources, was launched in 2012 with the modest dream...

The number of satellites orbiting Earth could quintuple in the next decade

As you read this there are about 2,000 satellites orbiting above our heads, and apart from an occasional glimpse in the night sky, they’re pretty much invisible. But they have...

Editor’s letter: where to? – MIT Technology Review

One message of this special issue is how, well, normal space exploration has become since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon almost exactly 50 years ago.The number...

Can SpaceX and Blue Origin best a decades-old Russian rocket engine design?

An hour before sunset on May 24, 2000, an unusual rocket took off from Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Like most rockets, the Atlas 3 had inherited...

What Neil Armstrong got wrong

Fifty years after Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon, it’s hard not to conclude that he got things backwards. The moon landing was a giant leap for a man—Armstrong’s life...

Next stop: Alpha Centauri – MIT Technology Review

Starship conferences attract a hopeful crowd: researchers, inventors, and hobbyists enthused by the idea of building spacecraft that can fly between star systems. The excitement at these gatherings can make...

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