Sorry Elon: NASA Says Mars Can’t Be Terraformed With Existing Technology
Elon Musk once suggested nuking the Martian poles to terraform the Red Planet, but NASA research shows why this would definitely not work.
I Surfed a Perfect Man-Made Wave in the Heart of Texas
A decades-long swell of wave-generating technologies is finally catching a break.
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If We Colonize a Neighboring Solar System, Thank Guillem Anglada-Escudé
The man who discovered Proxima Centauri b says he was inspired by sci-fi to search for other worlds for humans to colonize.
Watch Elon Musk Explain How He Will Get Our Asses To Mars
We'll get there on the BFR—Big Fucking Rocket.
Explore a Terraformed Micro World in ‘Ecosynthesis’
Multimedia artist Philip Klawitter returns with a new orbital video of a micro planet with its own thriving ecosystem of moss, larvae, and spiders.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Terraforming Mars
This video shows the basic steps it would take to make Mars habitable.
How Synthetic Lifeforms Will Help Us Survive On and Off Earth
Artificial organisms may be the key to saving our planet, and colonizing others.
Elon Musk on Colbert's 'Late Show': Mars Is a Real Fixer-Upper of a Planet
Musk became Stephen Colbert's fourth-ever guest.
DARPA: We Are Engineering the Organisms That Will Terraform Mars
The Pentagon is working on technology that will allow it to engineer a new organism within a day of it being found in the wild.
The Challenge of Recreating Earth
If humanity is ever going to expand beyond Earth, we’ll need to figure SimEarth out.
The Dragon and the Martian
When we have the power to create synthetic organisms, do we revive the demons of the dying Earth, or do we spawn new forms of life to seed a barren Mars?
Our Best Bet for Colonizing Space May Be Printing Humans on Other Planets
"Maybe we will colonize other worlds not with astronauts in space suits, but with bacteria," says NASA's lead engineer on the Curiosity Rover mission.