Category: Exploration

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 […]

Luxembourg Goes into the Asteroid Mining Business – Luxembourg!

Today the Luxembourg government announced it’s going into the asteroid mining business. It plans to provide incentives and a favorable regulatory climate to encourage the industry to flourish in the small country. The goal is […]

Can You Hear Me Major Tom? Comet Lander Not Responding

A little more than a year ago on November 12, 2014, the Philae lander had a rough landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Instead of neatly landing on the comet’s surface, it bounced a few times and […]

Duel of the Space Telescopes: Hubble vs. Webb

In 1990 I joined NASA at Kennedy Space Center as a bright-eyed engineer straight out of college, and the Hubble Space Telescope was inside the payload bay of the Space Shuttle orbiter Discovery at launch pad […]

Planet Nine: Our Solar System Just Got a Whole Lot Bigger

Since people first realized that Earth is a part of a larger group of planetary bodies, the solar system has been growing. Not actually growing, as in it’s somehow picking up more stuff, but growing in […]

The New Audi Quattro: Moon Certified

The new Audi Lunar Quattro has been introduced to the public. This week at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, a distinctly non-Audio-looking Audi was on display. It was the auto company’s entry in the […]

Goodbye Planetary Rovers – Hello ‘Hopters’

On July 4th, 1997, the Sojourner rover touched down on Mars as a part of the Mars Pathfinder mission. It proceeded to send back an amazing array of imagery of the Martian landscape that captivated […]