Science

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Talent

Complex critters are pretty clever. I’ve enjoyed watching David Attenborough and his “Planet Earth II,” in which he shows…

A New Way to Find Alien Civilizations: Look for Their Satellites

An astrophysicist was able to define a new signature of an extraterrestrial civilization by studying telecommunication…

Climate Change Killed the Aliens, and It Will Probably Kill Us Too, New Simulation Suggests

Did climate change already kill all the aliens we’ve been searching for? According to astrophysicist Adam Frank, it’s certainly a…

NASA is sending a spacecraft to investigate the ‘bubble’ that protects our solar system

Don’t look at the Sun during an eclipse. Wear sunscreen and sunglasses if you…

The next big discovery in astronomy? Scientists probably found it years ago – but they don’t know it yet

Earlier this year, astronomers stumbled upon a fascinating finding: Thousands of black holes likely exist near the center of our…

Extremely Large Telescope: The Biggest Eye on the Sky

In the mountains of Chile sits the site of what will become the largest optical telescope in the world….

NASA’s Space AI Hunts Exoplanets, Not Humans — Yet

When it comes to artificial intelligence, NASA and other space agencies are nowhere near building a “Terminator” in space….

How to Make Inspiring Spacecraft Designs a Reality

What was once thought of as science fiction is now a reality, thanks to the designers and engineers of…

Sleeping in Space: Coping with Darkness & Light

Getting a good night’s sleep on Earth is hard enough as…

SpaceX launches five Iridium satellites and twin science spacecraft

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 still sporting soot from its last…

Weird Space Rock Provides More Evidence for Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’

The solar system just got a bit stranger. As astronomers continue their ongoing quest to find the elusive Planet…

Here’s the Weird Science Launching to the Space Station This Weekend

This weekend, a cargo delivery to the International Space Station will…

A ‘Mars on Earth’ Helps Scientists with Their Search for Alien Life

Scientists are using alien environments on Earth to improve our abilities to

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA’s Next Red Planet Rover Mission

NASA is sending a helicopter to

Human waste used to make ‘Marmite-like’ food for astronauts

‘Microbial goo’ could feed people on lengthy space missions to

Lunar Meteorite Discovery Suggests There’s Hidden Water on the Moon

Moganite, which requires the presence of

NASA launches InSight spacecraft bound for Mars

Lander will be tracked by mini satellites before it begins probing red planet’s ‘inner space’

Projectile Cannon Shows Asteroid Impacts May Have Made Earth a Watery Planet

Using a high-powered cannon, researchers demonstrated that asteroids can deliver more water to

International Space Station

What is the Future of Space-Based Research?

The curiosity in humans gives us the desire to learn, to explore, and to understand. These qualities…

NASA Just Dropped Its Most Detailed Video Tour of the Moon Yet

Thanks to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, high-resolution imagery of our closest neighboring world is more…

First four images from Virgin Galactic’s successful new test flight

We’ve had our first glimpse of Virgin Galactic‘s new

Information Systems & Data Recovery in Space

Have you ever wondered about the intersection of data recovery, information systems, and data science in astronomy…

Why Is China’s Space Station Falling to Earth in the First Place?

Space trackers are watching the skies closely this week for the end of China’s Tiangong-1 space lab, which will…

SpaceX launch last year punched huge, temporary hole in the ionosphere

Rocket launches act somewhat like a small volcano eruption. Contrary to popular belief, most of the time when a

Deep-Space Radiation May Be Getting More Dangerous for Future Astronauts

“The radiation dose rates from measurements obtained over the last four years exceeded trends from previous

NASA Twins Study Confirms Effects of Long-Term Space Flight

Scott Kelly spent 340 days aboard the

How Much Trash Is on the Moon?

The moon has a lot of junk on it, including a gold olive branch, a flag kit, several lunar…

NASA Mars Lander Arrives at Launch Site to Prep for May Liftoff

A NASA spacecraft that will probe the deep Martian interior has arrived at its launch site to prep for…

China’s hypersonic aircraft would fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

The double-wing plane just aced wind tunnel tests at speeds of nearly 5,600 miles per hour

Does Titan’s Hydrocarbon Soup Hold A Recipe For Life?

NASA researchers have confirmed the existence in Titan’s atmosphere of vinyl cyanide ASA researchers have confirmed the existence in Titan’s atmosphere…

Is Space the Final Frontier for Experimental Medicine?

Approximately 1.8 million miles above the earth, Elon Musk’s red roadster is…

SpaceX Barely Missed Catching a Rocket Nose Cone with Giant Net on a Boat

The net-equipped boat came up a bit short in its quest to pluck a falling payload fairing — the…

Aerospace Company to Launch Private, Inflatable Space Stations

Bigelow Aerospace announced plans for sending soft-bodied modules that are compressed during launch but expand once they reach space. [caption…

The Little Rover That Could

NASA’s Opportunity rover is the longest surviving rover on Mars. On Saturday, February 17, it experienced…

Who’s Out There?—Danger?

In Scientific American January 2018,

A Solar Storm Is Approaching Earth

A moderate solar flare early this week has generated charged particles that will light up the atmosphere — and…

‘Oumuamua: ‘space cigar’s’ tumble hints at violent past

The space interloper ‘Oumuamua is spinning chaotically and will carry on doing so for more than a billion…

Dust, meteorites, cosmic rays and everything else currently destroying the Tesla in space

This probably isn’t covered under Elon Musk’s warranty… Thanks to the successful Falcon Heavy launch on Tuesday, SpaceX shot…

Meet the BFR, SpaceX’s next big rocket

Spacecraft could put Mars within reach, according to CEO

This may be the moment SpaceX opened the cosmos to the masses

“It gives me confidence that BFR is really quite workable.” Elon Musk…

NASA’s GOLD Mission Will Observe How Weather on Earth and in Space Interact

Better understanding of Earth’s

The Future of Space Engineering

Did you get a chance to catch the SpaceX launch from Vandenberg AFB on

How I discovered the origins of the cigar-shaped alien ‘asteroid’ ‘Oumuamua

One of the highlights of 2017 was the discovery of the first object in our solar system that definitely…

Scientists closer to unveiling source of mysterious bursts from distant object

An object is producing multiple short, powerful, fast radio bursts, but scientists don’t know why In a galaxy three…

Russia pushing to partner with NASA on lunar gateway

Russia is assembling a new group of engineers who will be responsible…

Sorry sci-fi fans, real wars in space not the stuff of Hollywood

Non‐kinetic attacks like jamming and interference are occurring more often. They are cheaper and easier to pull off…

NASA Is Considering Sending a “Dragonfly” Drone to an Alien World

With its vast oceans and methane-filled rivers and lakes, Titan is a prime candidate for the

Who’s Out There?—Geologic Features Favoring Exolife

With high hopes for Kepler 1625b, David Kipping at Columbia University…

New Data From Mars Further Dampens Prospects for Life Around Red Dwarf Stars

Habitability on planets orbiting a star that is cooler and dimmer than our sun appears to be much less…

Weightlessness and Its Effect on Astronauts

The sensation of weightlessness, or zero gravity, happens when the effects of gravity are not felt. Technically speaking, gravity…

Deep Space and 3D Printing: What Does the Future Hold?

3D printers are becoming more popular and have more innovative improvements due to their wide use among…

What NASA’s simulated missions tell us about the need for Martian law

Six people recently returned from an eight-month long isolation experiment to test human endurance for long-term space missions. Their “journey…

Asgardia Becomes the First ‘Nation’ to Have All of Its Territory In Space

A growing kingdom has to start somewhere—in this case,

Astronomers just discovered a supermassive black hole from the dawn of the universe

And it’s much bigger than we expected. There was a bang. A big one. It was the beginning of…

Boost for Odds of Life? Jupiter Moon Europa May Have Plate Tectonics

The case for plate tectonics on Jupiter’s ocean-harboring moon Europa keeps getting stronger. Scientists had already spotted geological signs that…

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy?

Hello again. Last time out, we looked at a few of the prime candidates NASA is concentrating…

After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters

This week, the scientists and engineers on the Voyager team did something very special.

SpaceX will use the first Falcon Heavy to send a Tesla Roadster to Mars, Elon Musk says

Interplanetary corporate synergy at its finest Always willing to up the stakes of an already difficult situation,…

Astronaut Blood May Not Act Weird in Space After All

Astronauts’ blood changes in space — but that may not stop them from getting to

With “Mission 1” complete, Planet turns focus to data analysis

LUXEMBOURG CITY — Having achieved its original goal of taking images of the entire planet every day, Planet is…

Private Spacesuit Undergoes Zero-G Testing to Prepare for Commercial Flights

Next stop, space? A spacesuit from

Who’s Out There?—Time To Get Real?

For the August/September 2017 issue of PSMagazine.com, Louis Fabiani wrote an article called “How to Make Friends in…

Earthquakes on Venus Could Be Detected by an Atmospheric Balloon

A team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory proposes deploying a…

Why living in space may require more than new technology

From changing eyesight to an increased risk of cancer, human bodies face numerous challenges in space We see it…

Weird Science Experiments Launching to Space Station Early Saturday: Watch Live

A Cygnus cargo spacecraft will blast off to the

NASA’s next big rocket probably won’t fly until 2020

Though NASA says it’s working toward a date in December 2019 The…

How Telemedicine Keeps Astronauts Safe

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration is always on the cutting edge when…

NASA issues study contracts for Deep Space Gateway element

WASHINGTON — NASA awarded contracts Nov. 1 to five companies to examine…

Peggy Whitson, who spent nearly 10 months in space, uses a device that evaluates ocular health. NASA

Brain Changes in Space Could Be Linked to Vision Problems in Astronauts

Some astronauts have experienced eyesight problems after going to space, and a disruption in the body’s cerebrospinal fluid could…

Space dust is stirring this star’s plasma soup

375 light years away in the

Meltwater From Glaciers May Have Flowed on Ancient Mars

A study suggests that past temperatures on Mars could…

Who’s Out There? The Importance of Getting Real

What I love about this site is that it is “where science meets science fiction.” Here we can let…

International Space Station

What Did It Take to Build the International Space Station?

The International Space Station, also known as the ISS, was a…

60 years after Sputnik, Russia is lost in space

MOSCOW — Just over 30 years after the

Water Ice Mystery Found at Martian Equator

A new examination of old data suggests that there might be ice hiding in

Elon Musk proposes city-to-city travel by rocket, right here on Earth

‘Anywhere on Earth in under an hour,’ Musk says

Deep Space Gateway to Open Opportunities for Distant Destinations

NASA is leading the next steps into deep space near the moon,…

Cassini is gone. What comes next?

Europa, the outer solar system, and a lot of questions. It sent back data until

NASA’s Cassini probe has broken apart in Saturn’s atmosphere — ending its 20-year journey 14

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has been…

Cassini: Saturn probe to set up death plunge

The international Cassini probe at Saturn will execute the course correction on…

How we’ll nap our way to Mars

This is what real suspended animation will look like. Imagine a road trip that lasts six months—no pit stops, black…

Next-Gen Mars Rover Will Explore Potentially Habitable Regions of the Red Planet

The European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover will survey, drill, and take pictures of areas where ancient microbes may have…

Mysterious signals from distant galaxy spark row over whether they could be from aliens

Mysterious signals detected in a distant galaxy by astronomers working for Stephen Hawking’s project to find alien life have…

$100 Million E.T. Hunt Spots 15 Mysterious Light Flashes

A $100 million search for intelligent aliens has spied 15 bizarre, repeating flashes of light coming from a distant…

Cassini hints at young age for Saturn’s rings

The spectacular rings of Saturn may be relatively young, perhaps…

So, You’re Still Interested in Astronomy: LIFE

Hello again. Last time out, we took a brief look at one avenue where scientists at

ASA Has Big Plans for AI on Mars and Beyond

Imagine an interstellar probe where the spacecraft can pick its own…

Scientists are solving the mystery of Earth’s therm

Our planet can control its climate—very slowly.

Elon Musk reveals first official photo of SpaceX space suit

The suit actually works and more details are coming

This Bioengineered Yeast Can Turn Astronaut Urine Into Food and Plastic

Finding novel ways to generate helpful compounds from the waste products of astronauts will enable them to sustain travel…

Cassini Enters Final Phase of Its 13-Year-Long Orbit of Saturn

On Monday the probe made the first of five passes through Saturn’s…

The Epic Journey of Both Voyager Spacecraft

We dream of going to the stars, but the reality is that we haven’t made it any farther than…

NASA is about to find out if a supercomputer can survive a year in space

On Monday, at 12:31 p.m. Eastern time, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket…

Tour an Astronaut Habitat for Mock Space Missions

Ever wonder how astronauts will live on other worlds? Welcome to the Human Exploration Research Analog, or HERA, a…

Who’s Out There?—Problems and Hope for Life on M Dwarfs

Christopher Crochett in Science News June 29, 2017 summarizes the possibilities and problems for life on planets near M…

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.

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 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…

ZERO-G BLOOD AND THE MANY HORRORS OF SPACE SURGERY

MATTHIEU KOMOROWSKI WANTED to be an astronaut. Still does. The French-born anesthesiologist, currently getting a PhD at…

Who’s Out There?—Problems Getting Started

Since wet chemists on Earth have not reinvented life from scratch—not one self-reproducing…

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