What Would a Realistic Space Battle Look Like?

What Would a Realistic Space Battle Look Like? Science fiction space movies can do a poor job of educating people about space. In the movies, hot-shot pilots direct their dueling space ships through space as if they’re flying through an atmosphere. They bank and turn and perform loops and rolls, maybe throw in a quick […]

We use the transit method to find other planets. Which extraterrestrial civilizations could use the transit method to find Earth?

We use the transit method to find other planets. Which extraterrestrial civilizations could use the transit method to find Earth? We have found more than 4,000 planets orbiting other stars. Life on distant worlds could find us in the same way. The post We use the transit method to find other planets. Which extraterrestrial civilizations […]

The Oxygen Supply has Failed in the Russian Zvezda Module of the ISS. Don’t Worry, the Astronauts aren’t in Danger, but the Station is Showing its Age

The Oxygen Supply has Failed in the Russian Zvezda Module of the ISS. Don’t Worry, the Astronauts aren’t in Danger, but the Station is Showing its Age Crews aboard the ISS are working to repair the leak, which posed no significant risk. Unfortunately, it shows that the ISS is getting on in years! The post […]

Success! OSIRIS-REx Touches Asteroid Bennu to Collect Samples

Success! OSIRIS-REx Touches Asteroid Bennu to Collect Samples Out in the asteroid belt, 207 million miles (334 million km) from Earth, a little spacecraft briefly touched down on the surface of Asteroid Bennu today, attempting to collect samples of dust and rocks. NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) spent about […]

Wow, Betelgeuse Might Be 25% Closer than Previously Believed

Wow, Betelgeuse Might Be 25% Closer than Previously Believed In the last year, Betelgeuse has experienced two episodes of dimming. Normally, it’s one of the ten brightest stars in the sky, and astrophysicists and astronomers got busy trying to understand what was happening with the red supergiant. Different research came up with some possible answers: […]

Watch “Live” as NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Nabs an Asteroid Sample

Watch “Live” as NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Nabs an Asteroid Sample Today’s the day! The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is going to reach out and boop asteroid Bennu! You can watch the broadcast here as the Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission attempts to collect a sample of an asteroid on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6:12 […]

What’s Happening with Betelgeuse? Astronomers Propose a Specialized Telescope to Watch the Star Every Night

What’s Happening with Betelgeuse? Astronomers Propose a Specialized Telescope to Watch the Star Every Night An international team of astronomers recommends creating “Betelgeuse Scope” to monitor this mysterious star find out why it has been acting so strangely of late! The post What’s Happening with Betelgeuse? Astronomers Propose a Specialized Telescope to Watch the Star […]

InSight’s ‘Mole’ is Now Completely buried!

InSight’s ‘Mole’ is Now Completely buried! It’s been a long road for InSight’s Mole. InSight landed on Mars almost two years ago, in November 2018. While the lander’s other instruments are working fine and returning scientific data, the Mole has been struggling to hammer its way into the surface of the planet. After much hard […]

Operating a Rover in Real-time From a Distance

Operating a Rover in Real-time From a Distance There are instances other than pandemics when it is necessary to work remotely. Spacecraft operators are forced to do most of their work remotely while their charges travel throughout the solar system.  Sometimes those travels take place a little closer to home. Engineers at DLR, Germany’s space […]

Pluto has Snowcapped Mountains, But Why?

Pluto has Snowcapped Mountains, But Why? We can thank NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft for opening our eyes up to Pluto’s complexity. On July 14th, 2015, the spacecraft came within 12,500 km (7,800 mi) of the dwarf planet. During the flyby, New Horizons was able to characterize Pluto’s atmosphere and its surface. Among the things New Horizons saw […]

Summer is Dust Devil Time on Mars

Summer is Dust Devil Time on Mars Just like Earth, Mars undergoes seasonal changes due to its axial tilt. And while summer heat on Mars can’t compare with Earth’s, along with the Martian summer warmth comes an increase in small whirling storms known as dust devils. Several spacecraft on or orbiting Mars have captured dust […]