Discovery

March 9, 2020

This gas-giant exoplanet has water-rich clouds. Here’s why it thrills astronomers.

Three teams of astronomers have been fascinated by an alien world known as K2-18b. But what’s all the fuss about? In September, two teams announced that they had found signs […]
March 6, 2020

Nasa’s next Mars rover will be called Perseverance

The American space agency has a new name for the rover it will be sending to the Red Planet this summer. To date, the project has […]
March 5, 2020

Inside Elon Musk’s plan to build one Starship a week—and settle Mars

“I think we need, probably, on the order of 1,000 ships.” BOCA CHICA BEACH, Texas—How badly does Elon Musk want to get to Mars? Let me […]
March 4, 2020

NASA will reveal the new name of its Mars 2020 rover on Thursday

Sorry, “Rover McRoverface” is not among the nine finalists. We won’t have to call NASA’s next Red Planet rover “Mars 2020” for much longer. On Thursday […]
March 3, 2020

Astra’s bid to win $12 million DARPA Launch Challenge comes up short

But Astra plans to launch many missions in the near future. The DARPA Launch Challenge’s $12 million purse will go unclaimed. The California-based spaceflight startup Astra scrubbed a […]
March 2, 2020

Scientists Are Starting to Take Warp Drives Seriously, Especially This One Concept

It’s hard living in a relativistic Universe, where even the nearest stars are so far away and the speed of light is absolute. It is little […]
March 1, 2020

SpaceX’s Starship SN1 prototype appears to burst during pressure test

SpaceX’s new Starship prototype appeared to burst during a pressure test late Friday (Feb. 28), rupturing under the glare of flood lights and mist at the company’s south […]
February 29, 2020

The Evolution and History of the NASA Logo

NASA or The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is one of the executive branch agencies of the US government that is responsible for the matters of […]
February 28, 2020

Possible new ‘minimoon’ discovered orbiting Earth

It’s been with us for three years, astronomers say. Sadly, it’ll probably be gone by spring. Tumbling through Earth’s increasingly crowded orbit are about 5,000 satellites, […]