Discovery

July 18, 2017

Future Space Colony? Maybe We Should Look Beyond Mars to Saturn’s Titan Moon

Instead of just sending humans on a one-shot mission to look for life on the surface, a new paper envisions a future outpost on Titan that […]
July 17, 2017

What Could Space Archaeologists Tell Us about Astronaut Culture?

“Space archaeologist” would be a fine job description for a fictional character on an interplanetary mission to unearth the ruins of an alien civilization. But a handful […]
July 15, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Problems Getting Started

Since wet chemists on Earth have not reinvented life from scratch—not one self-reproducing living critter, nor even a self-serving prion–we can probably assume that it’s not […]
July 14, 2017

Flying Cars and Casino-Themed Planes Are the Future of Flight, Says Airbus

Chief technology officer Paul Eremenko, speaking at a Hong Kong tech conference, speculated on emerging forms of air travel, including the company’s self-piloted flying car, the […]
July 13, 2017

Moon Express ‘lunar outpost’ looks gorgeous, but don’t get too excited yet

The company hopes to put robots on the moon’s South Pole by 2020 While NASA stays diligently focused on its marathon to Mars, it seems everyone […]
July 12, 2017

Finding Extraterrestrial Life May Rely on Identifying Traces Rather Than Aliens

Taking inspiration from the work of Leonardo da Vinci, a new paper suggests focusing on how to look for trails, tracks, burrows, and other signs that […]
July 11, 2017

Calm Seas on Saturn’s Moon Titan Offer a Smooth Landing for Future Missions

Waves on the seas of Titan are less than a one-quarter of an inch high, which would provide a calm landing surface for probes. The liquid-hydrocarbon […]
July 10, 2017

Two Galaxies Zooming Past One Another Captured in Hubble Image

An unusual double galaxy sparkles in a gorgeous photo by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The object, known as IRAS 06076-2139, consists of two galaxies zooming closely past […]
July 7, 2017

The surface of Mars is probably too toxic for bacteria to survive

But the search for life on the red planet isn’t over yet. Mars is not a very welcoming place. It’s cold, there’s hardly any atmosphere, and its […]