7 Earth-Size Worlds, Some Possibly Habitable, Discovered in Nearby Star System; We All Have the Same Reaction
NASA held a press event today to announce an exciting exoplanet discovery: seven roughly Earth-sized planets have been found orbiting a nearby star, with a few of them in the sweet spot for liquid water, and therefore life as we know it. So, the collective reaction of everyone across the Internet was basically, "Great! When can we sign up for the trip?"Read More
As time has gone by and new techniques for spotting planets beyond the boundaries of our solar system have advanced, the amount of such "exoplanets" that we've found has risen at a staggering pace—to the point that we've gotten kind of desensitized to it. That's what makes this new announcement from NASA so exciting; they've made an exoplanet discovery worth its own press event.Read More
"When you gotta go, you gotta go." -Dr. Ian Malcolm
NASA's "Space Poop Challenge" (I kid you not) has just ended, with an inventor developing a brand new way for astronauts to poop while wearing those big ol' spacesuits.Read More
Get That Popcorn Ready!
PBS just announced a slew of upcoming space documentaries. These include Solar Eclipse, about this summer's upcoming solar eclipse; Beyond a Year in Space, about the effects of long-term space missions on the human body; and The Farthest, about the Voyager mission.Read More
Yesterday, SpaceX successfully launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship named Just Read The Instructions.Read More
University of Colorado Hubble fellow Matteo Brogi and colleagues are working on a way to combine two common astronomy research techniques in order to help speed up our research into Proxima b, the planet most likely to harbor alien life.Read More
Is using zero gravity a cheat or a challenge?
Astronauts on board the International Space Station took the Mannequin Challenge.Read More
The idea of bringing human beings to far-off destinations in space has a lot of limitations in reality. The EmDrive could cut down on some of those limitations, with one major caveat: It shouldn't work. However, testing by a division of NASA has shown that it might, and the results of their work have been approved for publishing in a scientific journal.Read More
Margaret Hamilton, Software Programmer Who Got Apollo 11 on the Moon, Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
You've probably seen this photo before: Margaret Hamilton standing next to the books that contain the code she led a team in creating that eventually landed Apollo 11 on the Moon safely. Now, Margaret Hamilton has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for for her (pun incoming!) stellar achievements.Read More
This past weekend, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson set an unusual record: at age 56, she's the oldest woman in space.Read More
Bonus points if you find where they're hiding the aliens.
Yes, the Earth really is round (no matter what the Internet tells you), and the best way to experience it is with 360° video. The amazing pictures that astronauts have sent back to Earth from the International Space Station can only do so much, but this video from cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko brings us the closest experience to actually being aboard the ISS and seeing the Earth, in all its beauty, for ourselves.Read More
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory was formed on October 31, 1936, so some pretty read Halloween celebrations are no doubt in order for the organization that works with robots on the giant space pumpkin, a.k.a. Mars. Last week, they showed off their engineering prowess on some pumpkins, and the results just might make you throw in the towel if you were making any last-minute jack-o'-lanterns today.Read More
Must debunk faster. Must debunk faster.
Scientists found signals they believe to be from extraterrestrials! That is, two specific scientists—neither of them Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day—from Laval University in Quebec think they found alien signals in data from observations of stars. (No word yet on whether they're cycling down to world domination.) Other scientists aren't so sure that claim is substantiated, but we look forward to watching as they try to figure it out.Read More
We're so close to a Snow White and the Seven Dwarf Planets joke. So close.
A new dwarf planet candidate just had its existence confirmed by scientists after two years of research.Read More
Getting to Mars is only part of the problem of putting humans on the Red Planet. We're already pretty good at that part, with plenty of robots roaming around up there right now. The tough part is putting a permanent presence in place so that it actually makes sense to go there, and Elon Musk's SpaceX is making progress towards overcoming that difficulty.Read More
The more you know.
People who care what their zodiac sign is got a little wigged out last week when news made the rounds that NASA pointed out that astrology is based on nonsense—not for the normal reason that it doesn't actually mean anything, but because there are really 13 constellations in the zodiac, and the Sun aligns with them at different times than people previously believed. That means some people's zodiac signs aren't what they thought. Or it doesn't, because they're meaningless anyway.Read More
For Star Trek‘s 50th, NASA Interviews Nichelle Nichols & George Takei About Fiction Inspiring Reality
Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura on Star Trek, and George Takei, who played Sulu, discuss having played roles that inspired real-life astronauts.Read More
Jovian images that make you feel downright jovial.
We were excited when New Horizons gave us a look at Pluto like never before, but there are plenty of other planets that we could still stand to take a closer look at. The Juno space probe is currently orbiting Jupiter, and the images it has sent back are impressive—and not just because they're the most close-up ones of the giant planet to date.Read More
Finally found Philae!
Back in 2014, we were all very excited that the ESA had landed a spacecraft on the surface of a comet, but that excitement was tempered with a bit of uncertainty. The landing hadn't been a complete success, and the Philae lander bounced somewhere out of sight and, sadly, out of the sunlight it needed for power. Now, with the end of the mission approaching, the lander has been found—making its data even more useful.Read More
A SpaceX rocket—not the one announced just days ago as the first to make a return trip to space—has just exploded on its launchpad in Florida during testing.Read More