This massive, steerable parabolic dish, which in 1957 tracked the ascent of the rocket that launched Sputnik I into space and is sensitive enough to pick up a cellphone call from the surface of Mars, may soon be out of the astronomy business. The dark clouds in the picture that hover over the Lovell Radio Telescope, located at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Observatory, in England, are apropos. Government funding for a program that would keep the telescope peering into the heavens may soon be slashed. Lovell is a protected landmark, so it won’t be torn down. Instead, the dish could be repurposed as a giant movie screen, displaying stars of a different sort than those for which it was originally designed.
Privately-funded Solar Sail Prepared For Launch
A test flight of The Planetary Society's small LightSail Spacecraft is set for May
Forecasting Tomorrow’s Technology Today
As it’s been said, prediction is very difficult, especially about the future
SpaceX's Plan to Land a Reusable Rocket on a Drone Ship
Elon Musk's SpaceX hoped to achieve the first precision landing of a Falcon 9 rocket stage on an ocean platform
The Year-Long Space Mission: This Time It’s not About the Money
Humans have spent a year in space before, but this time it’s not to make room for space tourists, and now we’re ready to do real science
NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities for Venus Exploration
Should crewed exploration of Venus come before we try to go to Mars?
NASA's Orion Exploration Spacecraft Test Complete
The U.S. space agency flew the first human-rated spacecraft to go beyond low Earth orbit since the Apollo moon missions
Rocket Fuel from Human Waste
Human waste could generate both methane fuel and water for future space missions to Mars or beyond
How I Stopped Cosmonauts From Carrying Guns
One man's crusade against guns in space finally paid off
Rocky Road Ahead for Space Tourism
Regulations may change in the wake of Virgin Galactic accident
Wax Fuel Gives Hybrid Rockets More Oomph
Paraffin-based fuels could allow safer, hybrid designs to rival the best liquid-fueled rockets
SpaceShipTwo Crash: Mach 1 Is Still the Worst Place to Be
The reasons behind SpaceShipTwo's crash is still unknown, but Mach 1 may have played a role
Orbital's Rocket Disaster Narrows Space Station Resupply Options
An Orbital Sciences resupply mission to the space station, worth about $200 million, exploded just after liftoff this week
The Spaceport Boom
Licensed and proposed commercial spaceports are popping up across the U.S.
Will Humans Start Colonizing Mars in Ten Years?
MIT team's critique of a nonprofit's Mars colonization effort has kicked off fierce online debate
Private Space Habitat to Blow Up on ISS Next Year
An inflatable addition to the ISS from Bigelow Aerospace will get its first trial in space in 2015
NASA Gives All-American Space Taxi Contracts to Boeing, SpaceX
NASA has awarded $6.8 billion to Boeing and SpaceX to build crew vehicles for flying astronauts to the space station
Frank Malina: America’s Forgotten Rocketeer
How Malina and his unlikely team of researchers and enthusiasts laid the foundation for the U.S. space program
UK: Let's Make a Spaceport!
Four years from now England, Scotland, or Wales (but probably Scotland) could be home to Europe's first commercial spaceplane cosmodrome
Freeman Dyson Predicts the Future
IEEE Spectrum asks the celebrated physicist what the next 50 years will hold
Boeing Gets $2.8 Billion to Help Build World's Most Powerful Rocket
Boeing received a $2.8 billion contract to build the core stage of NASA's huge rocket designed to take humans to Mars