Discovery

October 24, 2018

Asteroid or Comet? Weird Blue Space Rock ‘Phaethon’ Gets a Close-Up

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A bizarre, blue asteroid that acts like a comet and appears to be responsible for the annual Geminid meteor shower made a close flyby of […]
October 19, 2018

Red Dwarf Star’s Mighty ‘Hazflare’ Could Be Bad News for Alien Life

Another red dwarf has been caught firing off a superpowerful flare, further bolstering the notion that life might have a hard time taking root around these small, dim […]
October 17, 2018

Geopolitics & How International Farming Could Bring Us All Together (in Space)

That timeless adage “can’t we all just get along?” applies even when you leave Earth’s atmosphere. The likelihood of survival while living long-term on the international […]
October 15, 2018

What’s the difference between a comet and an asteroid?

They both orbit the sun, but they’re very different. In our solar system, there are a lot of things that circle, or orbit, around our Sun. […]
October 14, 2018

Here’s How Space Agencies Prepare to Rescue Astronauts During Soyuz Launch Aborts and Landings

And that’s just what they did when, a couple minutes after the Oct. 11 launch, something went wrong with the rocket carrying NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey […]
October 9, 2018

Virgin Galactic to reach space in ‘weeks not months’

Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has said that Virgin Galactic is “weeks” away from its first trip into space. “We should be in space within weeks, not […]
October 8, 2018

SpaceX launches Argentine satellite, posts first ground-landing on West Coast

WASHINGTON — SpaceX conducted its seventeenth launch of the year Oct. 7, sending an Argentine radar satellite into low-Earth orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket. The […]
October 7, 2018

Will There Be Human Life on Mars?

Human beings have always seemed to have a strange and undeniable fascination with Mars, one of its closest neighboring planets. We have studied the Red Planet […]
October 6, 2018

In the hunt for aliens, satellites may light the way

If aliens love satellites as much as we do, we might be able to spot them The Earth is expanding, satellite by satellite, every rocket launch […]