Arthur C. Clarke and other science fiction authors already imagined what it would be like to have earth-dwellers take an elevator directly up into space. This notion is only half as crazy as it sounds. Various companies and research institutes in the U.S. are in fact working on the development of such an elevator and are not too many steps away from turning fiction into science
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From the ISS to Mercury
Alexander Gerst in command of the ISS, a mole landing on Mars, and a launch toward Mercury: These are just three major events in space exploration we have to look forward to in 2018. What follows is an overview of some of this year’s highlights, which are increasingly being shaped by private initiatives.
Growing fresh food in the Antarctic
Scientists are working to grow fresh vegetables in a greenhouse surrounded by perennial ice. The experiment will supply the winter crew at Neumayer Station with fresh food, but it is primarily designed to provide experience and data for future Mars missions.
How dirty is diesel really?
Most people think diesel engines are significant contributors to air pollution. But modern models produce hardly any particulates or nitrogen oxides. We spoke with Thomas Koch about a technology that has fallen into such disrepute.
The data of the skies
Complex and expensive tests are necessary in order to develop aircraft. The subsequent maintenance is also very costly for the airlines. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is seeking to change all this through the use of supercomputers and the evaluation of huge amounts of data.
Earth Observation for Everyone
The aim of the European Copernicus Project is to deliver high-resolution images of virtually every place on earth – none of them older than five days and as a complimentary service that is accessible to everyone. The launch of the Sentinel-2B satellite means that the core of the mission has now been completed.