All posts by Darren Beyer

InSight Just Landed on Mars. How Did it Get There?

The InSight mission just successfully landed on Mars after its roughly eight-month journey beginning aboard an Atlas V rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on March 5, 2018. On Quora, someone recently asked why an […]

Asteroid Sunrise – Rovers Take Pics from a Rock in Space

Japan landed a couple rovers on an asteroid… and that’s pretty cool. The Hayabusa 2 probe dropped off the two Minerva rovers on the asteroid named Ryugu, and they are sending back some great images. […]

SpaceX Joins the Heavy Club

SpaceX joined a very elite club of heavy lifters today (Feb 6, 2018), when it successfully launched its Falcon Heavy rocket. The company now boasts the most powerful launch vehicle in existence, and the second […]

Clusters of Earth-Sized Ice Cyclones – Jupiter Shows its Stuff

With great fanfare, the Juno probe arrived at Jupiter last year. Now, the first science from the little probe is getting shared, and it’s pretty cool. In a NASA press release, Juno principle investigator Scott Bolton […]

Machines are Taking Over the World

I am a big fan of realistic science fiction movies. The first two Terminator movies had very few flaws or unbelievable technology. Aliens was way ahead of its time. Avatar was awash with believable details. […]

Fry it Up in a Pan – Saturn’s Little Moon

The Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn for more than 12 years capturing images and performing experiments. It did flybys of Venus, our Moon, and Jupiter for gravity assist en route to Saturn, and once there […]

Tourists Visiting the Dark Side of the Moon

Elon Musk and SpaceX don’t have a reputation of taking small steps. For the private space company, bigger is better. The next big step? Musk plans to send two private passengers on a one week […]

NASA, Self-Publishing, Game of Thrones and Alien Life – All in One Interview!

How can you fit NASA, the Space Shuttle, tips on self-publishing, Game of Thrones and life on other planets all into a single interview? If you listen to just one interview this year, Jason Delgado’s […]

Uh-oh: Another Mars Mission Goes Missing

Today, the European Space Agency (ESA) put a spacecraft into orbit around Mars. Piggybacked onto the Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) was the ExoMars 2016 lander which detached for its journey to the surface. The lander, […]

Asgardia: The First Nation in Space(?)

Igor Ashurbeiyli has some grand plans. His dream is to build a sovereign nation in orbit aboard a massive space station. Its citizens will be “free from the constraint of a land-based country’s laws” and must […]