Science

November 20, 2019

NASA Just Confirmed There Are Water Plumes Above The Surface of Jupiter’s Moon Europa

A team led by researchers out of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has confirmed traces of water vapor above the surface of Jupiter’s […]
November 19, 2019

Mysterious Gravitational Wave Sparks Days-Long Hunt — But It Was Just a Glitch

Astronomers and physicists all over the world were disappointed. Thursday (Nov. 14) marked the end of a thrilling, mysterious and ultimately disappointing five days in astrophysics. […]
November 14, 2019

SpaceX tests Crew Dragon abort thrusters

WASHINGTON — SpaceX successfully tested Nov. 13 the thrusters used as part of the abort system for its Crew Dragon spacecraft, nearly seven months after a […]
November 13, 2019

The Curiosity rover detects oxygen behaving strangely on Mars

Since it landed in Gale Crater in 2012, the Curiosity rover has been studying the Martian surface beneath its wheels to learn more about the planet’s […]
November 10, 2019

Why Astronomers Worry About the Brightness of SpaceX’s Starlink Satellite Megaconstellation

SpaceX is planning to launch the second installment of its Starlink megaconstellation on Monday (Nov. 11), and astronomers are waiting to see — well, precisely what they will […]
November 7, 2019

Can We Genetically Engineer Humans to Survive Missions to Mars?

We might one day combine tardigrade DNA into our own cells. Will we one day combine tardigrade DNA with our cells to go to Mars? Chris […]
November 6, 2019

Discovering Extraterrestrial Life Would Be Slow and Uncertain

No, no, no — huh, maybe. Zoom in? Hmm. Go back. Eh, I’m not sure. Maybe we can get a better angle? Scientists have spent long […]
October 24, 2019

Evolution tells us we might be the only intelligent life in the universe

Are we alone in the universe? It comes down to whether intelligence is a probable outcome of natural selection, or an improbable fluke. By definition, probable […]
October 23, 2019

Pioneering NASA Asteroid Mission Clears Key Hurdle on Path to 2021 Launch

Lucy will visit seven asteroids during its 12-year operational life. The first mission to visit a mysterious swarm of asteroids that circle the sun along Jupiter’s path has […]