Advancing the Space Frontier

An emerging space economy is here. As teams around the globe race to innovate and explore, what are the implications for the human race? 
China successfully tests space-based solar power components 
Researchers at China’s Xidian University have successfully tested a proof-of-concept for collecting solar power via satellites.
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A greener future by 2035 is in arm’s reach with this new tech decarbonizing the transportation industry.
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More than 8,000 tons of space debris orbit Earth, endangering our astronauts and satellites. Can we clean up space before it’s too late?
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Scientists grow plants in real lunar soil for the first time 
Lunar soil was used to grow plants for the first time, suggesting that we may be able to produce food for astronauts off-world.
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Data from China’s Zhurong rover suggests there was substantial liquid water on Mars far more recently than we thought.
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Stanford’s gravity telescope concept uses the sun to see exoplanets
Stanford scientists have designed a gravity telescope concept that could take stunningly clear images of exoplanets.
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Perseverance rover kicks off new hunt for life on Mars 
NASA’s Perseverance rover has begun its Delta Front Campaign, the part of its mission most likely to produce evidence of past life on Mars.
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NASA to help put first Japanese astronaut on the moon 
The first non-American to reach the lunar surface will likely do so as part of NASA’s Artemis mission — and could be a Japanese astronaut.
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These food scientists are making it possible for us to explore space in ways we haven’t yet as a species.
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