The International Space Station has a new flying robot named CIMON, controlled by artificial intelligence. However, testing of the machine did not go as planned, as CIMON refused to turn off music, saying it liked it, and the robot also accused ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst of being mean. The artificial intelligence is based on the same system known for winning the game show Jeopardy in 2011.Read More CIMON Says “Sorry, I’m Just a Robot” as Artificial Intelligence Goes Bad Janet on ISS Crew
A small hole was discovered on a Soyuz space capsule docked to the International Space Station on August 30th. Preliminary investigation revealed the hole, roughly 1/12th of an inch in length, was caused by a drill being operated from inside the craft. Russian media outlet Kommersant published a theory that American astronauts purposely sabotaged the spacecraft in order to return a sick crew member to Earth early while avoiding having to pay for a new Soyuz. Occupants of the space station and the Russian government deny the story.Read More Did an American Astronaut Sabotage the International Space Station?
Humans on long spaceflights will need food, but providing it would cost significant amounts of money and energy. Is recycling human waste the best option?Read More Will Astronauts Produce Food from Human Waste?
Water ice found on Mars could provide humans with needed supplies on the way to visit other worlds in our solar system.Read More Will Ice Deposits Found on Mars Allow Humans to Colonize the Solar System?
SpaceX is planning to launch their Falcon Heavy rocket into space, as early as Wednesday, January 10. The payload will be a new Tesla Roadster – red, of course – playing “Space Oddity” by David Bowie on its radio. The Falcon Heavy is capable of lifting more than twice as much payload to orbit – […]Read More SpaceX Poised to Launch Falcon Heavy – and David Bowie – on to Mars