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November 15, 2018

Sun’s closest solo star may have company

A large planet appears to be orbiting out near the system’s snow line. From the phenomenal success of the Kepler mission and a proliferation of ground-based […]
November 14, 2018

How Much Radiation Are ISS Astronauts Exposed To?

For ISS astronauts, measurements from the crew’s personal dosimeters indicate a range from 12 to 28.8 milli rads per day. The number is not a constant […]
November 12, 2018

Astronaut Rusty Schweickart Looks Back on Apollo 9, and to the Next Asteroid Impact

NASA astronaut Russell Schweickart’s career-defining moment came thanks to a camera problem. During a spacewalk on the Apollo 9 mission, his colleague’s movie camera jammed, and Schweickart was […]
November 10, 2018

Billionaire Yuri Milner’s Breakthrough Initiatives Eyes Private Mission to Seek Alien Life

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. — Government agencies may not have a monopoly on life-hunting space missions for much longer. Breakthrough Initiatives, which already scans the heavens for […]
November 8, 2018

The Final Frontier of Human Disease: Vaccine Research in Space

Often when the world gets excited about the science conducted in space, it revolves around a few big ideas. Finding water on other earth-like planets, evidence […]
November 7, 2018

Here’s How Astronauts Vote in Elections

A special Texas law gives astronauts the opportunity to cast an absentee ballot, of sorts, if they want to vote in an election on Earth. There’s […]
November 6, 2018

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe Just Made Its First Close Pass by the Sun!

One of humanity’s newest spacecraft faced a harrowing test late Monday night (Nov. 5), darting just 15 million miles (24 million kilometers) of the surface of […]
November 5, 2018

A Deadly, Fast-Spreading Form of Super-Ice Could Be Killing Off Alien Life-Forms

There’s a new kind of ice. It forms at speeds of more than 1,000 mph (1,600 km/h), it lies deep beneath our feet, it could destroy […]
November 3, 2018

NASA astronauts will get to use this extraterrestrial supercomputer

Remember the old cautions to keep magnets away from your computer and use a surge protector? What about exposing it to cosmic rays for a year? […]