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A New Billion-Mile Journey for New Horizons

NASA's New Horizons team decide on their next target, a classical Kuiper Belt object that can be reached by January 2019, but the agency must still approve funds for this extended science mission

August 31, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Pluto's Barnacled Beauty

Early images from New Horizons' encounter with Pluto reveal an extraordinary surface of strange mountains and varying deposits of light and dark material

July 22, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

The Pluto Punch-Through

On July 14, 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft finally reaches Pluto. But the encounter will be brief

June 8, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

NASA Goes Big and Bold for Exoplanet Science

                  A United States federal agency is not necessarily the first place you think of when it comes to answering some of the deepest existential questions for our species.

April 24, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Watch the First Artificial Gravity Experiment

Gravity, as the old joke goes, sucks. It drags us down, pulls on our weary limbs, makes our feet tired, makes parts of us droop. But it’s also a critical factor for our long term well-being.

April 6, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

The March 11 Solar Flare

We live a mere 93 million miles from an enormous fusion reactor. It’s easy to overlook this, after all the Sun is only about halfway through its long slog of converting protons into helium nuclei deep inside its core.

March 31, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Two New Arrivals Send Back Pictures Of Mars

The skies of Mars just got a little more crowded. On September 21st, 2014 NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN) fired its engines for some 33 minutes in order to swing into a safe orbit.

September 26, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Jupiter’s Moons Ascending

Some natural phenomena need few words to explain why they’re fascinating. Eclipses, transits, and phases in astronomy tend to fall into that category.

February 6, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

What "Interstellar" Gets Wrong about Interstellar Travel

Christopher Nolan’s new film, Interstellar, is a near-future tale of astronauts departing a dying Earth to travel to Saturn, then through a wormhole to another galaxy, all in search of somewhere else humanity could call home.

November 12, 2014 — Lee Billings

Bill Nye’s Open Letter to Barack Obama

I read a post at Nature yesterday about the severe cutbacks the Planetary Sciences Division at NASA (headed by Jim Green) has had to make recently due to reduced funding.

December 5, 2013 — Joanne Manaster
Why Life Does Not Really Exist

Why Life Does Not Really Exist

I have been fascinated with living things since childhood. Growing up in northern California, I spent a lot of time playing outdoors among plants and animals.

December 2, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
Twelve Months of Curiosity on Mars in Two Minutes

Twelve Months of Curiosity on Mars in Two Minutes

Mars Curiosity Rover has captured our attention from the time it launched in November 2011 to the time it landed on August 5, 2012 in a very dramatic landing to now.

August 1, 2013 — Joanne Manaster
The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

                      There may be something funny going on with the stuff covering the Moon, and a new NASA mission launching next month is aiming to solve the mystery.

August 19, 2013 — Caleb A. Scharf

Salty Ceres, Martian Dunes and Venus at Last

From progress on deciphering the strange features of dwarf planet Ceres to NASA's plans to play with Martian sand and a heroic rescue of Japan's Venus-bound spacecraft, it's been an interesting past couple of weeks

December 11, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Planet Hunters Bet Big on a Small Telescope to See Alien Earths

In 1990, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft briefly looked back from its journey out of the solar system, capturing a view of the faraway Earth. Carl Sagan called it the "pale blue dot." From more than 6 billion kilometers away, beyond the orbit of Pluto, it seemed remarkable that our planet was even visible.

January 27, 2015 — Lee Billings

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