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How Asteroid Mining Will Work

Asteroid mines could become an incredible source of building supplies for a colony on the moon. Learn how they will work!

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  • How will landing on Mars work?
    How will landing on Mars work?

    Imagine parallel parking on slippery ice during a dangerous dust storm. Landing on Mars presents similar obstacles, on a grander scale. And remember, insurance doesn't cover extraterrestrial damage. See more »

  • How will we colonize other planets?
    How will we colonize other planets?

    We've been cruising around in the International Space Station since 2000 and have proven ourselves quite capable of living in low-Earth orbit. Isn't it about time we started moving on to other space destinations and figuring out how to establish human outposts there? See more »

  • Is an asteroid scheduled to hit Earth in 2012?
    Is an asteroid scheduled to hit Earth in 2012?

    An Internet search for "2012 doomsday predictions" will return enough apocalyptic prophecies to send you screaming into an underground bunker. Is it true that a flaming mass of rock will hit us in 2012? See more »

  • Is it possible to terraform Mars?
    Is it possible to terraform Mars?

    Forget about curb appeal. This cosmic fixer-upper requires some serious renovations before we can start living on it. So how serious are we talking? And are they going to happen in our lifetime? See more »

  • What if we lived on the moon?
    What if we lived on the moon?

    It's safe to assume there won't be a moon colony any time soon. But it's still a tantalizing thought. But wouldn't it be cool to be able to live, vacation and work on the moon? See more »

  • Why is NASA playing with marbles?
    Why is NASA playing with marbles?

    Bill Cooke, NASA scientist, is regularly shooting marbles into carefully arranged piles of soil. Why is NASA paying this man to do something most of us would do for free? It's all about our return to the moon. See more »

  • Will space tourism ever be a reality?
    Will space tourism ever be a reality?

    Which space enthusiast among us doesn't dream of peering at Earth from a spaceship gliding in outer space or of turning somersaults in microgravity? When are these dreams going to be realized? Or have they been already? See more »

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