The new space race is here

The 21st century could see humans return to space in a way that utterly transcends our 20th century travels. We may return to the moon, visit Mars for the first time, and explore asteroids.

From satellites that fit in the palm of your hand, to a 3D printer that works in zero gravity, to the group of engineers who are building the low-Earth-orbit version of Southwest Airlines, our new show, The New Space Race , will introduce you to the people and the technology that could make humans a multi-planetary species in the coming century.

The vision is ambitious. The obstacles are huge. But the journey will be fascinating. And The New Space Race will take you to the center of it all.

What the new Earth-threatening asteroid means for humanity
In a remarkable achievement, three new large asteroids have been found in the most elusive place: inside the orbit of Earth.
What is the largest planet out of all the ones we know?
The “upper limit” to the size of our planets is exceeded in other stellar systems, but double Jupiter’s radius seems to be the limit.
Chernobyl fungus could shield astronauts from cosmic radiation 
A recent study tested how well the fungi species Cladosporium sphaerospermum blocked cosmic radiation aboard the International Space Station.
The technology we (or aliens) need for long-distance interstellar travel
Interstellar distances are vast, and extremely advanced technology will be required if we (or aliens) want to visit other star systems.
How NASA is planning to prevent a Martian plague 
When Mars samples arrive, they may carry more than knowledge. To offset the chance of a Martian pandemic, NASA is learning to contain a Red Planet plague.
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