Scarab, the moon miner, was developed at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon. He's an awesome little guy designed to mine "hydrogen, possibly water, and other volatile chemicals" for use at a future moonbase. I didn't know water was a volatile chemical, but whatever. It runs off solar energy, and when there isn't any, it utilizes a "radioisotope source" for power. Which is good news, because I've been waiting for an RC car that runs off decaying uranium.
[sciencedaily] via [therawfeed]
Paragon Space Development Corporation, a NASA subcontractor, has decided to take a stab at growing plants in a specially designed greenhouse on the moon. THE MOON! The attempt will take place in 2012, so we may or may not get to see if it works before the world ends.
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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! Jk jk -- just to the moon and back.
Startup company Golden Spike is promising commercial trips to the moon by 2020, charging $800-million a seat per round trip excursion. No word if they'll offer deals on one-way tickets. *tries Pricelining a ticket ... / Continue →
According to astronomers, next Tuesday an asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier (~1,300-feet for those of you who don't like your measurements in naval vessels) will pass closer to earth than the moon's orbit, hopefully polishing off humanity like the dinosaurs. *readying t... / Continue →