Copernicus Blog

How connections create strength

or “what the Copernicus Space Science Lab is all about”   Graphene is an amazing material. It conducts electricity, can bend like rubber and has higher tensile strength than diamond, making it the strongest material currently known to man. Due to these features – and leaving aside for now the current limitations on size and […]

Who is a real author of the Space Odyssey station concept?

While spending time in Budapest and visiting the Copernicus residence, Exosphere Italian founder Antonio Manno discovered that one of the pioneers of astronautics was Austro-Hungarian scientist and rocket engineer Herman Potočnik. This extraordinary man, who used the pseudonym Hermann Noordung, was passionate about the idea of space exploration and the long-term human habitation of space. […]

Rockets: So Old School?

This text was published in The Huffington Post in the middle of 2012.  Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer from SETI Institute was talking about space elevators in the context of the available rocket science in that time. We especially like this part: “The cost would be 100 times less than using a rocket, and you wouldn’t have the […]

One market under God

  America is obsessed with money. You are obsessed with money. If you are a white, well educated adult man with an income higher than $ 200000 per year, I can tell you something about your life. You work hard and you hate your bills, because they force you to think about money all the […]

4 reasons why we don’t explore space and why they aren’t reasons at all

During the first high profile spacecraft launches of the 70s, public support for space exploration was at an all-time high, but since has seen steady deсline. The past decades have been spent formalizing our understanding of scientific data and completing the institutionalization of processes usually associated with any totally new and unknown industry, with bureaucracy […]

Life in Deep Space (TED Talk)

“We will start inhabiting outer space,” says Angelo Vermeulen, crew commander of a NASA-funded Mars simulation. “It might take 50 years or it might take 500 years, but it’s going to happen.” In this charming talk, the TED Senior Fellow describes some of his official work to make sure humans are prepared for life in […]