We have a choice: we can enhance life and come to know the Universe that made us, or we can squander our 15-billion year heritage in meaningless self-destruction.

Carl Sagan, 1990

It was said 24 years ago, and same kind of thoughts have been spoken many times before through the history. Despite that, some politicians, drunk with power, don’t just realise which choice is better.

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A conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Pair with Carl Sagan on science and spirituality and a meditation on the subject from Alan Lightman. 

Neil’s message perfectly encapsulates the feeling of yugen, an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses tood eep and powerful for words.
Explore that feeling, and our place in the universe in this video:

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A conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Pair with Carl Sagan on science and spirituality and a meditation on the subject from Alan Lightman

Neil’s message perfectly encapsulates the feeling of yugen, an awareness of the universe that triggers emotional responses tood eep and powerful for words.

Explore that feeling, and our place in the universe in this video:

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Amazing digital representation of our solar system by licoti
A better and more zoomable full version available here- http://licoti.deviantart.com/art/The-Solar-System-FULL-Version-157790647

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NASA Gov Docs: Star Trails

These photos of star trails were taken by Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit on the International Space Station.

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The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

In 1996, scientists took a huge risk when they pointed the Hubble telescope to an inky field that they believed to be void of stars and planets. As images from Hubble are in constant demand, the worry was that devoting so much time to a black space would prove futile. Once the photons finally registered, though, that leap of faith proved fruitful: light from over three thousand galaxies illuminated the image. A few years and missions later, Hubble’s glimpse into what is known as the deep field has revealed that we are just one tiny part of a vast system comprising 100 billion galaxies.

There are moments and experiences that you remember forever. They are signposts that paint a new road ahead of us, and tweak our rear-view mirror so that we may never see the past the same way again. Our lives are full of them: First loves, births, deaths, that one best meal.

Experiencing the Hubble Ultra Deep Field is one of those moments. Take a sec and truly internalize what you’re seeing. When you stare into an empty piece of the universe and find it overflowing with galaxies just like our own, and not like our own at all, stretching to the beginning of time itself … if you are alive in the least bit, you are forever changed. 

We are time travelers all.

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SpaceX Rocket Causes Stampede

Private spaceflight company SpaceX caused quite a stir when they tested out their experimental reusable rocket in Texas. Nicknamed Grasshopper, the rocket is able to go into hover mode, move sideways, and return back to its launchpad.

It turns out, cows aren’t that impressed with space exploration as they run in front of the camera as Grasshopper ascends.

Ed note: Check out our article on Elon Musk, CEO and chief designer of SpaceX and winner of our American Ingenuity Award last year.

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Applicants for One-Way Mars Trip to Descend on Washington

A coterie of aspiring Martians will descend on Washington, D.C. on Saturday (Aug. 3) for the first Million Martian Meeting.

The group consists of applicants for the Mars One mission, a one-way trip to establish a colony on Mars. The meeting will feature talks by Mars Society president and founder Robert Zubrin, Mars One CEO and co-founder Bas Lansdorp, and five Mars One applicants.

Lansdorp announced plans for the Mars One mission in May 2012. The nonprofit Mars One Foundation, based in The Netherlands, plans to land humans on Mars in 2023. Teams of four people will be launched to the Red Planet every two years, and anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to apply.

As of May 7, about 78,000 people had applied for the one-way trip.

The applicants’ Facebook group, the Aspiring Martians Group, is organizing Saturday’s meeting. After an opening address, Zubrin will address the group via Skype, followed by a guest speaker. Then there will be a screening of the film “One Way Astronaut," an independent documentary about Mars One applicants. Later, five applicants will make presentations, and Lansdorp will give a talk to conclude the event.

Mars One plans to launch and land an unmanned supply mission to the Red Planet in 2016, carrying 5,00 pounds of food and other equipment. An exploration rover is slated to follow in 2018 to scout out the best spot for a human colony. In 2021, the organization plans to install a Mars base consisting of two living units, two life-support units, a second supply unit and two rovers. The first crew of four is slated to launch in September 2022, and scheduled to set foot on Mars in 2023.

Mars One estimates the cost of landing the first four settlers will be about $6 billion. It plans to fund most of this by selling advertising for a reality TV program that would document the mission’s progress, from astronaut selection through the settlers’ first few years on Mars.

Habitat Images: Depicts the interior of a Mars One habitat as envisioned by its designers. Credit: Mars One / Bryan Versteeg

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I can’t think of a more suitable time (there will be many more) to refresh our minds with what has been possible for a very long time, and why it’s imperative that we open the space frontier beyond NASA’s limitations capabilities. Want a thorough refresher course for the significance of Mars, colonization and space exploration? Watch The Mars Underground. You can view the trailer HERE.

“Since, in the long run, every planetary civilization will be endangered by impacts from space, every surviving civilization is obliged to become spacefaring—not because of exploratory or romantic zeal, but for the most practical reason imaginable: staying alive… If our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds.”
Carl Sagan

"The Case for Mars" (Carl Sagan, Robert Zubrin) | Symphony of Science

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A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

Awesome plain and simple

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“The first powered flight of Virgin Spaceship Enterprise was without any doubt, our single most important flight test to date. For the first time, we were able to prove the key components of the system, fully integrated and in flight. Today’s supersonic success opens the way for a rapid expansion of the spaceship’s powered flight envelope, with a very realistic goal of full space flight by the year’s end. We saw history in the making today and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved.”
- Richard Branson

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To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.
Isaac Asimov on curiosity, taking risk and the value of space exploration – priceless 1983 Muppets Magazine interview 

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To make discoveries, you have to be curious about why the universe is the way it is.

Isaac Asimov on curiosity, taking risk and the value of space exploration – priceless 1983 Muppets Magazine interview 

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The First Human Mission to Mars in 2018

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A press release indicated that a new organization, Inspiration Mars Foundation, led by the first private space traveler, Dennis Tito, would make a major announcement, February 27th concerning a 501 day mission to Mars. http://spaceref.com/mars/the-first-human-mission-to-mars-in-2018.html

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