Category: Science News

NASA to Smash Satellite Into Asteroid in 2022

Earth has been hit by large asteroids and comets many times in the past, and it’s a matter of when rather than if it happens again. There weren’t any humans on Earth...

This Week in Space: Metal on Mars, Hydrogen Inside Enceladus, and a Meteoric Near-Miss

We didn’t get pasted by that asteroid that sailed through Wednesday, which is arguably a good thing. Discovered in 2014, it was due to pass by Earth at a close but...

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter completes its 50,000th orbit of Mars

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has sent back some incredible images and data from the Red Planet of the years, and it just hit an important milestone. It has now...

NASA proposes building artificial magnetic field to restore Mars’ atmosphere

The Mars of today is a cold, dry husk with no life as far as we can tell. Even if there is still some hearty microorganism living on the Red Planet, it’s not suitable...

NASA plans to create coldest spot in the universe on ISS

What you think of as “cold” really isn’t very cold in the grand scheme of things. Even the frigid depths of space are toasty by the standards of NASA’s Cold Atom...

Mars rover plagued with ongoing rock drill malfunction

Curiosity has been on Mars for more than four years now, much longer than the primary mission of about 23 months. NASA builds ’em to last, though. Curiosity has sent...

We could be headed for a solar power renaissance as costs keep dropping

Politicians and lobbying groups still regularly dismiss the science of climate change and efforts to increase the use of cleaner forms of energy like wind and solar....

NASA says dwarf planet Ceres has plenty of water ice

Ceres presented mysteries before the NASA Dawn spacecraft even reached it. Long range images of Ceres taken by the probe revealed unexpected points of light on the...

SpaceX announces cause of launchpad failure, plans for January 8 return to flight

SpaceX has been grounded ever since a launchpad explosion on September 1st resulted in the loss of a Falcon 9 rocket. The failure destroyed a Facebook internet satellite...

A new space firm plans a commercial station to take over for the ISS

The International Space Station is getting on in years, and at some point in the next decade we’re going to learn the date of its shutdown. But what comes next? A new...