June 3, 2019

SpaceX beginning to tackle some of the big challenges for a Mars journey

To survive on Mars, and return, SpaceX would gladly allow others to assist. Earlier this month, the principal Mars “development engineer” for SpaceX, Paul Wooster, provided […]
June 2, 2019

This distant Neptune-like planet really shouldn’t exist

A ‘Forbidden planet’ defies odds and thrives under inhospitable conditions. It’s time for us to get acquainted with the “Forbidden Planet.” No, not the 1956 sci-fi […]
June 1, 2019

NASA picks three companies to attempt Moon landings in 2020 and 2021

At least two of the three missions will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket. NASA has begun to make good on its promise to use commercial […]
May 30, 2019

Happy Birthday! Spacewalking Cosmonauts Pay Tribute to Pioneering Predecessor

The duo shouted out Alexei Leonov, who performed the first spacewalk in 1965. Two Russian cosmonauts stepped into the vacuum of space today (May 29) to […]
May 29, 2019

UFOs exist and everyone needs to adjust to that fact

The term “UFO” automatically triggers derision in most quarters of polite society. One of Christopher Buckley’s better satires, “Little Green Men,” is premised on a George […]
May 28, 2019

Space-Based Medical Research for Public Health

Space exploration has opened up new horizons, bringing probes to Mars and the far reaches of the galaxy. But the implications of space travel also hit […]
May 27, 2019

A ball of space mud just pelted Earth—and scientists couldn’t be happier

Space science is always about what’s going on ‘out there’. Sometimes, astronomers must pay attention to what’s falling to Earth, too. That’s precisely what Arizona State […]
May 26, 2019

Boeing completes tests of Starliner thrusters

WASHINGTON — Boeing has completed ground testing of the thrusters for its CST-100 Starliner commercial crew vehicle, nearly a year after a setback in earlier testing […]
May 23, 2019

Huge Amount of Water Ice Is Spotted on Mars (It Could Be Long-Lost Polar Ice Caps)

Scientists think they’ve stumbled on a new cache of water ice on Mars — and not just any ice but a layered mix of ice and sand representing […]