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Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Jake VanderPlas, a data scientist who worked on the Graphic Science illustration in the October issue of Scientific American magazine.

September 16, 2014 — Jake VanderPlas

The Failure of Phobos

A new explanation for the strange grooves on the surface of the martian moon Phobos suggests that the entire satellite already shows signs of how it will eventually be destroyed.

November 12, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Countdown to the Kuiper Belt [Videos]

For the first time two spacecraft will soon make up-close studies of objects from the solar system’s Kuiper Belt, a mysterious region beyond Neptune’s orbit.

October 14, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz

Heads Up! Thirteen Years Of Asteroid Impacts On Earth

Since the Chelyabinsk event in early 2013, when a brilliant meteor fireball streaked across Russian skies and exploded with the energy of thirty Hiroshima bombs, humans have paid slightly more attention to the potential danger of asteroids than before.

April 23, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Space: A New Hope or an Old Dream?

The release of a long-awaited National Academy of Sciences report on the state and future of the US space program has triggered wide-reaching commentary on what it means to be space-faring.

June 5, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf