MiG-105, the Soviet Space Fighter

Today, the Cold War is remembered for bringing the world to the brink of global war, often personified by an apocalyptic nuclear exchange or a massive conventional war over West Germany. Though NATO and Soviet forces maintained a readiness to fight on land, sea and air throughout the Cold War, it is largely unknown that […]

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The Classified X-37B

With the cancellation of the U.S.’s Space Shuttle program, NASA has had to resort to sending astronauts and supplies into space about Russian Soyuz rockets. What most do not know is that the U.S. Air Force is currently testing another reusable rocket design, codenamed the X-37B. The project began in 1998 as the X-40, or […]

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The Overview Effect

Not many people get to go into space, but it’s been described by those who have as an extremely moving experience. Particularly is the aspect of being able to look back on the Earth from space, contrasting the one planet humans occupy against the enormity of the universe. Interestingly, it has been found that doing […]

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O’Neill Cylinders: Future Colonies

Despite the fact that most manned missions into space today revolve around the International Space Station (ISS) and efforts to colonize outer space have become drastically reduced since the success of the Apollo program, experts have theorized ways for humans to exist among the stars for years. One design, like the Stanford-Torus ring habitats, involves […]

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Ring Habitats in Space

A science fiction series known for revolutionizing the FPS (First-Person-Shooter) genre of videogames, Halo, depicts a future war between humanity and an alien alliance known as the Covenant. As the title suggests, a major plot point of the game involves giant structures called “halos” built by an ancient alien race. While everything else in the […]

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Beginning of a new Space Race?

Although the United States bears the title of the only country to place astronauts on the moon, the situation for NASA has dimmed in recent years. With the cancellation of the Space Shuttle program, NASA no longer has a viable means for transporting men and material to the International Space Station (ISS), as the planned […]

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