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Cosmic Hitchhikers and the Genesis of life: Panspermia Theory

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  Imagine yourself on a crash course with certain death. Or maybe not so certain: It depends. You are a microbial hitchhiker on cosmic debris flung from the darkest recesses of outer space. There is a slim chance that the planet you are going to collide with has an environment conducive to your survival and propagation. Considering you have survived …

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Learn Rocket Science from the Fit Rocket Scientist!

Rocket science with the Fit Rocket Scientist!

Rocket science is something that most people feel is out of reach. But science communicator, fitness coach & enthusiast, and rocket scientist Kevin J. DeBruin, aptly named the Fit Rocket Scientist, wants to bring rocket science back down to Earth. Check out the quick intro video below. Above, Kevin gives a break down of just one of the series he’s …

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The Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) Could Make Space Farming For Deep Space Exploration A Reality.

Credit: NASA/Bill White.

The International Space Station will soon be receiving a new and nearly self-sufficient plant growth system that could revolutionize the way plants are grown in space. Being called the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH), this technology will provide researchers the opportunity to better understand plant growth within the monitored conditions aboard the ISS. This study could produce invaluable information and could …

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UpportunityU Interview: Project Possum’s Executive Director Jason Reimuller

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In today’s interview, we speak with Dr. Jason Reimuller, Executive Director of Project Possum, the citizen-scientist astronautics program. We dive deep into where his passion for space, science, and flying started, how it inspired the citizen-scientist program, what sciences like aeronomy are & the importance of noctilucent clouds, how students can join the program, and what it takes to get …

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UpportunityU Interview: “Journey To Mars” with NASA’s Jim Wilson


by Ron Sparkman / @UpportunityU When it comes to space travel, there’s nothing more popular right now than talks of  a Mars mission, especially following National Geographic‘s hit “MARS” series, Elon Musk’s big SpaceX Mars Colonization plan, and, of course, last year’s award-winning “the Martian”. These realistic ideas of traveling to Mars bring up countless questions, so in today’s interview …

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UpportunityU Interview: NORAD Tracks Santa!


by Ron Sparkman | @UpportunityU In today’s interview, we speak with  speak with Preston Schlachter from NORAD Tracks Santa! We discuss everything from fast Santa’s sleigh is, to how NORAD helps him dodge airplanes (and meteors!), and on whether or not Santa has ever met an alien! We even have a special guest that pops in from the Space Foundation …

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UpportunityU Interview: Fraser Cain, Creator/Publisher, Universe Today, Co-Host, Astronomy Cast


By Ron Sparkman | @UpportunityU In today’s interview, we speak with Fraser Cain, creator and publisher of Universe Today. He’s also the co-host of Astronomy Cast, with Dr. Pamela Gay.  We discuss the beginning of Fraser’s passion for space and astronomy and how that led him to create one of the most popular sites on the subject today. We also dive …

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20 years later, the James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete!


Written by Bryce Getchell | @Porkfryedbryce In 1996, NASA scientists began to assemble the James Webb Space Telescope, a next-generation telescope meant to surpass the famous Hubble Space Telescope. Now, twenty years later and twice the size of the Hubble telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope is finally complete. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) paves the way for the future …

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UpportunityU Interview: Astrobiologist, Best-Selling Author Dr. David Grinspoon

Dr. David Grinspoon at his TedX Talk.

By Ron Sparkman | @UpportunityU In today’s interview, we speak with Dr. David Grinspoon, Astrobiologist and the author of the soon-to-be-released “Earth In Human Hands”! From on “Earth In Human Hands”: For the first time in Earth’s history, our planet is experiencing a confluence of rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Climate change is only the most visible …

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Could Proxima B be less habitable than previously thought?

Original illustration by European Southern Observatory; M. Kornmesser; G. Coleman; Digitized Sky Survey 2. Modified by Bryce Getchell.

Written by Bryce Getchell | @Porkfryedbryce Proxima Centauri B (also known as Proxima b) is the closest world outside of our Solar System. As far as exoplanets go, it is the best chance we have at actually studying (and potentially someday voyaging to) an exoplanet up close and personal. After its discovery, scientists speculated that Proxima b is actually within the …

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