Category: Space

Posts about space travel, technology and colonization.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]