Category: Exploration

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 […]

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 […]

Deep Space Travel is Not Heart-Healthy

Move over poor diet, high blood pressure and unhealthy lifestyle, there’s a new leading cause of cardiovascular related death – at least for those who undertake a particular activity. As if deep space travel wasn’t […]

The New Space Race: Elon Musk Will Beat Everyone to Mars

A few weeks ago, Elon Musk announced his ambitious plan to have SpaceX send an unmanned Red Dragon capsule to Mars in 2018. Yesterday, he upped the ante, saying that he anticipates sending the first […]

Mars Space Station in the Works

A manned mission to Mars was once the stuff of science fiction, now it is the equivalent of this generation’s Apollo Program. It will take a Herculean effort to send astronauts on a journey of hundreds of […]

SpaceX to Mars in 2018!

Yesterday, SpaceX announced plans to send an unmanned capsule to Mars – in 2018! Company CEO Elon Musk has long had a vision of establishing a permanent manned presence on the Red Planet and this planned […]

Lost in Space: Japanese Space Telescope Suffers Mysterious Fate

On February 17th, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Hitomi Space Telescope on a mission to study highly energetic events in the cosmos by looking at x-ray emissions. It successfully got to its […]

Gone in 20 Minutes: A Star Goes Supernova

For the first time ever, scientists have seen a star go supernova via visual light. The massively destructive process happened to the star KSN 2011d, a previously red giant star that was about 500 times the […]

Cyanide for an Atmosphere and 1800 in the Shade

Scientists from  London and Leuven, Belgium recently published a paper with information about the super-Earth planet 55 Cancri e. Through observations with the WFC3 camera onboard the Hubble Space Telescope, they say its likely that the planet […]

Ripples in Space Time – Is a Big Announcement Coming?

UPDATE: Gravitational Waves Discovered! Albert Einstein theorized that when cosmic-level events take place, such as a supernova or two massive black holes meeting, space and time actually warp, creating gravitational waves. The Laser  Interferometer Gravitational-Wave […]