July 12, 2017

Finding Extraterrestrial Life May Rely on Identifying Traces Rather Than Aliens

Taking inspiration from the work of Leonardo da Vinci, a new paper suggests focusing on how to look for trails, tracks, burrows, and other signs that […]
July 11, 2017

Calm Seas on Saturn’s Moon Titan Offer a Smooth Landing for Future Missions

Waves on the seas of Titan are less than a one-quarter of an inch high, which would provide a calm landing surface for probes. The liquid-hydrocarbon […]
July 10, 2017

Two Galaxies Zooming Past One Another Captured in Hubble Image

An unusual double galaxy sparkles in a gorgeous photo by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The object, known as IRAS 06076-2139, consists of two galaxies zooming closely past […]
July 9, 2017

Pence says NASA to reorient towards human spaceflight

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence said July 6 that the U.S. space program would refocus on human spaceflight, including missions to the moon and Mars, […]
July 8, 2017

XCOR Aerospace lays off remaining employees

WASHINGTON — XCOR Aerospace, a company developing rocket engines and a suborbital spaceplane, has laid off its remaining employees but is continuing efforts to raise funding […]
July 7, 2017

The surface of Mars is probably too toxic for bacteria to survive

But the search for life on the red planet isn’t over yet. Mars is not a very welcoming place. It’s cold, there’s hardly any atmosphere, and its […]
July 6, 2017

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to peer into the depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

We’re getting our closest view ever of the 10,000-mile-wide storm. Humankind has been ogling Jupiter’s Great Red Spot through our telescopes for more than 300 years. […]
July 4, 2017

4th July in Space: How Will the Astronauts Celebrate?

Today (July 4), people all across the U.S. will celebrate Independence Day with cookouts, flags and fireworks. On the International Space Station, things will be a […]
July 3, 2017

Long March 5 launch fails

WASHINGTON — The second launch of China’s most powerful rocket, the Long March 5, ended in failure July 2, the second incident involving a Chinese launch […]