Kepler (spacecraft)

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 […]
May 8, 2018

NASA missions press ahead despite budget uncertainty

WASHINGTON — As House appropriators prepare to take up a spending bill that funds NASA, some programs proposed for cancellation are pressing ahead despite fiscal uncertainty […]
May 2, 2018

SpaceX and Boeing spacecraft may not become operational until 2020

“The contractors have had difficulty executing aggressive schedules.” A new report provides some insight into the challenges that SpaceX and Boeing are facing when it comes […]
April 4, 2018

72 Mysterious Cosmic Flashes Puzzle Astronomers

Seventy-two unusual cosmic events have astronomers scratching their heads.  Scientists conducting a survey for supernovas — the dramatic explosions that end the lives of massive stars — noticed […]
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 […]
June 22, 2017

Is It Time to Rethink How We Search for Alien Life?

WASHINGTON — From the lovable, candy-munching E.T. to the deadly Xenomorphs from the “Alien” movies, science-fiction stories are bursting with all kinds of alien encounters. But […]
May 25, 2017

TRAPPIST-1h Orbit Suggests It Is Too Cold for Life

Scientists have confirmed that all seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system circle their star in a sort of gravitational lockstep with one another. The orbits of […]
August 26, 2016

HOW WE COULD SEE THE NEW 'EARTH-LIKE' PLANET UP CLOSE

WE NEED TINY SPACESHIPS. LOTS OF ‘EM. The dramatic announcement that a small rocky planet might exist in the nearest star system to the sun, Alpha Centauri, […]
August 9, 2016

Kepler's 'Alien Megastructure' Star Just Got Weirder

“Tabby’s Star” has dramatically dimmed and we don’t know why. You’re probably all too familiar with the story of KIC 8462852, a star that’s been the […]