April 23, 2017

Do you have what it takes to go to space? Retired astronauts weigh in on the gruelling recruitment process

MONTREAL — Retired Canadian spaceman Bob Thirsk asks himself a couple of simple questions when sizing up people who tell him they want to become an […]
April 22, 2017

Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’

Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction. Saturday’s flyby swept the probe into an orbit […]
April 21, 2017

A warp in space-time just gave us four views of one exploding star

Astronomers catch a galaxy magnifying and splitting the light from a supernova Although the night sky often seems so peaceful and still, a closer look reveals […]
April 20, 2017

Astronomers Say This Distant ‘Super-Earth’ Might Just Be Habitable

A recently found exoplanet has astronomers thinking that it may be the best place to look for signs of life beyond our solar system. Move over, […]
April 19, 2017

NASA Space Station Cargo Launches aboard Orbital ATK Resupply Mission

The International Space Station will be capable of dozens of new scientific investigations from NASA and around the world when Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft delivers more […]
April 18, 2017

Astronomers Capture the First ‘Image’ of the Dark Matter That Holds the Universe Together

Researchers have produced what they say is the first composite image of a dark matter filament that connects galaxies across the cosmos. For decades, scientists have […]
April 17, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Reviewing Astrobiology by David C. Catling

Astrobiology—a Very Short Introduction by David C. Catling, Oxford University Press, 2013 is one of several hundred titles in Oxford’s Very Short Introduction series. I hesitate […]
April 15, 2017

An Asteroid the Size of the Rock of Gibraltar Is Hurtling Toward Earth… but Don’t Worry

NASA says there is no possibility for the asteroid to collide with our planet, but this will be a very close approach for an asteroid this […]
April 14, 2017

Saturn’s moon has just about everything you need to make life

Deep-sea vents could infuse Enceladus’ ocean with microbe food The results are back from the Cassini spacecraft’s closest encounter with Enceladus, and they’re good news for […]