If all goes according to plan, two spacecraft will commence close encounters with two asteroids by the end of August, in order to retrieve organic materials dating back to the solar system’s birth.
By Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American
A team of biologists and chemists hopes that this alien environment might prod these floral cosmonauts into producing new and improved molecules for drugs.
By Eric Boodman, STAT
What would a space force look like? Why now? Will NASA play a role? Three experts, including a retired Air Force Lieutenant General, explain the rationale behind President Trump's announcement.
By Nsikan Akpan
The summer solstice brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for 88 percent of Earth’s people.
By Stephen Schneider, The Conversation
By Amel Ahmed, KQED
Flight controllers tried late Tuesday night to contact Opportunity, but the rover did not respond. The storm has been growing since the end of May and now covers one-quarter of the planet.
The Kilauea volcano provides a natural laboratory on Earth to study volcanoes found on other planets and moons in our solar system.
On Friday, SpaceX is slated to launch Bangabandhu Satellite-1, Bangladesh’s first communications satellite. But Block 5 -- the souped-up SpaceX rocket carrying the satellite -- may be the real headliner.
InSight could become the first probe to dig deep into Mars' interior to explore how the Red Planet’s geology evolved over billions of years, including the planet’s so-called “marsquakes.”…
By Nsikan Akpan
Stephen Hawking's final theory challenges the existence of the multiverse and argues the Big Bang had a finite boundary, defined by string theory and holograms.
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