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August 9, 2017

Pack Your Microscope —Space-Based Medical Research Is Taking Off

Microgravity medical research in space is accelerating—and giving scientists new hope in finding cures for earthly diseases. When the next Elon Musk SpaceX supply rocket blasts off Thursday […]
August 8, 2017

Ex-Astronaut Offers Bold Three-Step Plan to Put Humans on Mars

Terry Virts says we must look to NASA’s past before we move forward with program to go to the red planet. We Americans are an optimistic […]
August 7, 2017

The Great American Eclipse Is 2 Weeks Away. Are You Ready?

There are only two weeks until the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017. If you’re traveling into the path of totality, it’s time to make sure […]
August 5, 2017

Virgin Galactic carries out “dry run” for powered SpaceShipTwo flights

WASHINGTON — Virgin Galactic performed the latest glide flight of its second SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane Aug. 4, calling it a “dry run” for upcoming powered test […]
August 4, 2017

Hubble Space Telescope Discovers Hot Planet with Earth-Like Stratosphere

The planet, WASP-121b, is a gas giant that lies about 880 light-years from Earth and shows that warm atmospheres can be found on exoplanets. A huge, […]
August 3, 2017

Eclipse Overload: What If the Sun Were Blocked for Years?

Total solar eclipses are astonishing events to witness, and preparations for them — particularly for eclipses with paths that are visible to large numbers of people, […]
August 2, 2017

Virgin Orbit plans 2018 first launch

WASHINGTON — Virgin Orbit, the spinoff of Virgin Galactic that is developing the LauncherOne small launch vehicle, is now planning a first flight of that rocket […]
August 1, 2017

Four ways anyone can be a scientist during the solar eclipse

Millions of people are expected to turn their heads skyward to watch the Great American Eclipse on August 21. You might be one of them. But did you […]
July 31, 2017

Earth Will Have Its Last Total Solar Eclipse in About 600 Million Years

During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, skywatchers will direct most of their attention to the sun, but don’t forget about the moon: Its slow progress […]