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December 18, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Geologic Features Favoring Exolife

With high hopes for Kepler 1625b, David Kipping at Columbia University has been busy looking for moons of exoplanets (Science News, 10/14/17). He makes the case […]
December 17, 2017

New Data From Mars Further Dampens Prospects for Life Around Red Dwarf Stars

Habitability on planets orbiting a star that is cooler and dimmer than our sun appears to be much less likely than previously thought, according to a […]
December 16, 2017

Weightlessness and Its Effect on Astronauts

The sensation of weightlessness, or zero gravity, happens when the effects of gravity are not felt. Technically speaking, gravity does exist everywhere in the universe because […]
December 15, 2017

Deep Space and 3D Printing: What Does the Future Hold?

3D printers are becoming more popular and have more innovative improvements due to their wide use among hobbyist, dentist, jewelers, and now aerospace at the International […]
December 12, 2017

Rocket Lab scrubs Electron launch after last-second abort

NEW ORLEANS — Rocket Lab scrubbed a launch of its Electron small launch vehicle Dec. 11 after an abort just two seconds before liftoff. The company […]
December 11, 2017

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law

Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their “journey to Mars” involved being isolated below the summit […]
December 9, 2017

Asgardia Becomes the First ‘Nation’ to Have All of Its Territory In Space

A growing kingdom has to start somewhere—in this case, low Earth orbit works. Asgardia, the little space nation that could, placed a tiny satellite into low Earth orbit […]
December 8, 2017

Astronomers just discovered a supermassive black hole from the dawn of the universe

And it’s much bigger than we expected. There was a bang. A big one. It was the beginning of everything, but for several hundred million years, all […]
December 7, 2017

NASA expects commercial crew providers to achieve safety requirements

WASHINGTON — As the two companies developing commercial crew vehicles prepare for test flights in the next 12 months, a NASA official said the agency expects […]