Michael McDonnell has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. He has a physics degree. He’s worked in hazardous environments. His hope is that these qualifications will convince a selection committee that he’s the perfect candidate for the first human voyage to Mars.
So far, it has. He was among the final 100 candidates — 50 men and 50 women — announced for the Mars One mission today, down from an initial candidate pool of 200,000. Continue reading
Three billion miles from Earth, the New Horizons space probe sent back its first images of Pluto and its largest moon Charon. Moving at 31,000 miles per hour, New Horizons is set to snap more photos in the coming months, revealing the mystery planet in clear detail for the first time. Continue reading
Watch the Orion spacecraft launch live here on the PBS NewsHour. Continue reading
After a 10-year journey, the space probe Rosetta is orbiting a comet. The spacecraft is slated to follow the comet for more than a year on its way toward the sun. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mark McCaughrean, senior scientific advisor of the European Space Agency, about sifting through a cosmic “garbage pile” in hopes of learning about the building blocks of life. Continue reading
Col. Chris Hadfield captured the world’s curiosity when he tweeted videos of everyday life on the space station and covered David Bowie’s song "Space Oddity." Science correspondent Miles O’Brien talks to the retired Canadian astronaut, author of "An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth," about the importance of space exploration. Continue reading
With the space shuttle era now over and U.S. space flight on the verge of going private for the near future, the company behind the so-called SpaceX project has ambitious plans to make space flight cheaper for cargo and for humans, with a bold idea to send millions of people to Mars. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien reports. Continue reading
In the stratified layers of a rocky Martian outcrop, researchers have found evidence of ancient climate cycles similar to the ones that caused Earth’s ice ages. Continue reading