All posts by Darren Beyer

Water is Shooting Off of Europa

Scientists have always theorized that liquid water exists under Europa’s icy crust, and with that theory the possibility that life exists. Now there is apparently proof of water – in the form of geysers shooting it […]

A New Heavy is on the Horizon

It’s no secret that there is a healthy rivalry between Jeff Bezos and his Blue Origins company, and Elon Musk and SpaceX. Each has an operating launch vehicle, but SpaceX clearly leads the race with […]

Jupiter Has Some Really Cool Auroras – in Infrared

We knew we’d get some really cool pics from the Juno spacecraft’s first close pass to Jupiter, but it is one that fell outside the visible spectrum that delivered one of the most dramatic ever […]

“Juno is firing on all cylinders”

On Saturday, August 27th, the Juno spacecraft performed its first of its 36 flybys of the planet Jupiter, coming within 2,600 miles of the atmosphere. It didn’t have much time – it was zipping by […]

Holy S%#t! Potentially Earth-like Planet Found at Closest Star

Stories about potentially Earth-like planets orbiting far away stars have been making the headlines for years. With the Kepler spacecraft monitoring the stars, searching for telltale dips in brightness that indicate the presence of a […]

A Real Life Lost in Space – Found!

Nearly two years ago while undergoing in-flight testing, the STEREO-B spacecraft lost communications with ground stations on Earth. Like in a script of a science fiction movie, it sent one last message containing only a few […]

Deep Space Travel: NASA Picks Six Companies to Build Habitation Modules

Traveling to distant planets can be tough on space travelers. Spacecraft are constantly bombarded with radiation, debris impact is an ever-present threat, and cramped confines can cause even the most steely-eyed astronaut to question his […]

Lakes, Rivers and Canyons on Titan

As different as each of the planets and moons are from Earth, NASA is finding many similarities as well. A recent study found that Venus may have at one time harbored life, and now the […]

Venus May Have Supported Life

Venus is one nasty place. Its atmosphere is made up of nitrogen and carbon dioxide and is so dense that on its surface, it’s the same as being at a depth of about 3000 feet […]

The Next Big Thing in Space: Cubesats

It used to be that sending a satellite into space took years of planning and cost millions of dollars. Now, enterprising scientists can send their experiments into orbit at a fraction of the cost – […]