Discovery

June 11, 2019

The Search for Habitable Alien Worlds in Earth’s Backyard Heats Up

The NEAR instrument has been hunting for planets in the Alpha Centauri system. The hunt for nearby exoplanets has just heated up considerably. A new instrument designed to […]
June 10, 2019

This Asteroid Has a 1-in-7,000 Chance of Hitting Earth This Fall

This fall, Earth has about a 1-in-7,000 chance of getting an uninvited extraterrestrial visitor: asteroid 2006 QV89. The space rock is expected to whiz by our […]
June 9, 2019

Space Babies: Sex and Pregnancy in Microgravity

There’s no denying that the most exciting next step in space exploration is the colonization of Mars. Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, has been talking […]
June 6, 2019

Nasa chooses first astronauts to ride spacex’s dragon spacecraft

Dibs! SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule exploded during a test last month. But the Elon Musk spacetech company and NASA are going ahead with choosing the lucky astronauts who will be […]
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 […]
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 […]