Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite

January 20, 2019

Who’s Out There-Search Strategy

A recent article in EOS.org outlines a strategy proposed by NASA/Ames/SETI Institute/JPL:-Caltech to study our relative uniqueness in the universe. A combination of major efforts and individual studies would […]
July 16, 2018

Who’s Out There?— Ozone? What Else?

Could seasonal variations in atmospheric content provide evidence for life on exoplanets? Sounds better than just a sniff of methane. However, noting seasonal variations requires sniffing […]
May 29, 2018

Astronaut Don Peterson, made first shuttle spacewalk, dies at 84

Astronaut Donald Peterson, who trained for a classified military space station program before becoming one of the first people to spacewalk from the space shuttle, has […]
May 23, 2018

SpaceX launches five Iridium satellites and twin science spacecraft

WASHINGTON — A SpaceX Falcon 9 still sporting soot from its last mission successfully launched May 22 with five Iridium Next satellites and two science satellites […]
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 […]
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 […]
August 6, 2016

SCIENTISTS IN THE DARK OVER YEARS-LONG DIMMING OF 'ALIEN MEGASTRUCTURE STAR'

THIS STAR IS BREAKING ALL THE RULES The star KIC 8463853 has a dark secret. Literally. In 2011 and 2013, the light from this star plummeted by […]