Atmosphere of Earth

May 17, 2018

Who’s Out There?—Anyone of Interest?

Two articles in Science News April 28 and May 12, 2018, focus on what we have learned about the 5000 possible exoplanets Kepler has found. Now we await […]
March 28, 2018

Information Systems & Data Recovery in Space

Have you ever wondered about the intersection of data recovery, information systems, and data science in astronomy and space exploration? Astronauts must work with whatever systems […]
March 17, 2018

Who’s Out There?—Focusing On Chemicals

On the early Earth, marine aerosols could come in two sizes—bacterial and viral—which might have aided the transition from geochemistry to biochemistry, since they are “…energetically capable of […]
January 27, 2018

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

Better understanding of Earth’s thermosphere will help researchers protect satellites and astronauts. NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) launched yesterday, and researchers hope it […]
January 12, 2018

What Discoveries Will Space Research Bring in 2018?

Back in 1610, Galileo Galilei witnessed the first telescopic observation of the night sky, discovering Jupiter’s moons, lunar craters and the phases of Venus. On July […]
January 6, 2018

Russia pushing to partner with NASA on lunar gateway

Russia is assembling a new group of engineers who will be responsible for crafting the nation’s lunar exploration strategy. It’s another sign that a highly ambitious […]
June 13, 2017

12 Possible Reasons We Haven’t Found Aliens

In 1950, a learned lunchtime conversation set the stage for decades of astronomical exploration. Physicist Enrico Fermi submitted to his colleagues around the table a couple […]
June 10, 2017

Comet Strikes May Have Helped Spur Life on Earth

New research provides for the first time a genetic link between comets and the atmosphere of Earth. Life on Earth may not have been possible without […]
June 8, 2017

Who’s Out There?—Weirdoes or Boring Carbon Critters?

(+Reviewing a Review of the book by Jim Al-Khalili Aliens: the World’s Leading Scientists on the Search For Extraterrestrial Life) Jennifer Senior writes a thoughtful review […]