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How NASA’s DAVINCI probe will withstand the hellish conditions of Venus

Venus's acidic, high-pressure atmosphere is one of the most inhospitable places in our solar system -- and NASA is building a probe that can withstand it
May 22, 2022
An artists concept of DAVINCI+ on its way to Venus's surface.

This is how NASA measures rising sea levels from space

NASA has been monitoring Earth's sea levels from orbit for over 30 years. Here's why measuring from space is actually easier than doing it terrestrially.
May 8, 2022
An artist's rendering of the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite.

24 amazing images of our planet for Earth Day

Let's celebrate Earth Day with 24 stunning images of our very special planet, all shot from space.
April 22, 2022
The Bahamas seen from space.

Why the moon needs a space traffic control system

As interest in lunar exploration ramps up across the globe, scientists think we need a space traffic control system to avoid collisions and complications.
March 11, 2022
astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have measured the amount of ozone in Earth’s atmosphere

The James Webb Space Telescope is about to supercharge our hunt for exoplanets

The James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch in the coming months, and when it does, it will completely revolutionize how we hunt for habitable planets.
December 25, 2021
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Spice in space: Inside NASA’s groundbreaking zero-gravity chile pepper project

Astronauts on the ISS are now growing and eating chile peppers in space, so we caught up with NASA to get some pointers on gardening in microgravity.
December 19, 2021
a Hatch chile pepper on the ISS

Meet the bold and brilliant Latinos of NASA

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we rounded up this list of the most bold and brilliant Latinos at NASA, both past and present
October 6, 2021
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Mars? Old news. The next 10 years will be the decade of Venus

In recent decades, space agencies have mostly been focused on visiting Mars -- but now their sights are shifting to Earth's other planetary neighbor: Venus
September 11, 2021
Venus - 3D Perspective View of Maat Mons.

Meet the startup aiming to outshine SpaceX with reusable, 3D printable rockets

SpaceX has made some huge strides when it comes to launching an recovering reusable rockets, but Relativity Space wants to take the idea a step further
July 15, 2021
Relativity Space CEO, Tim Ellis, standing next to an enormous 3D printing arm that has produced a rocket component.

DARPA is building a robotic space mechanic to fix satellites in orbit

It will also tow them around to help extend their usefulness
March 21, 2020
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Space Force needs to prepare for a new Cold War in Earth’s orbit

Are U.S. space assets at risk from enemy hunter-killer satellites? One ex-Air Force general thinks so.
March 14, 2020
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Launching little: Inside Rocket Lab’s ingenious plan to democratize space

Instead of building giant rockets with huge payloads, company takes opposite approach
March 3, 2020
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Low-Earth orbit is overcrowded. This Silicon Valley startup has a solution

Space-tracking startup LeoLabs is using radar to keep an eye on what's happening in Earth orbit. Here's why.
February 10, 2020
Space Debris

Meet the robotic pioneers that will help humanity colonize Mars

How do you colonize a new planet? The next generation of robotics will use sophisticated AI, novel propulsion methods, and flexible smallsats to prepare Mars for human visitors.
November 21, 2019
A rendering of Mars 2020 rover, to be launched on its journey to Mars next year.

Meet OffWorld, the startup that wants to mine the moon with a swarm of robots

Will the future of space exploration involve swarms of smart robots mining for resources, or autonomously preparing other planets for human habitation? California-based startup OffWorld thinks so.
November 14, 2019
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We’re slowly trapping ourselves under an umbrella of space junk

Kessler Syndrome is a scenario in which the density of objects in low Earth orbit is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascading effect that ultimately traps humanity beneath a ceiling of space junk. We spoke to the man who coined the term.
October 24, 2019
Space Debris

How facial recognition is helping astronomers reveal the secrets of dark matter

Could the same A.I. technology used to unlock people’s smartphones also help unlock the potential secrets of the universe? Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland certainly think so.
September 29, 2019
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From the moon to mass production: 10 pieces of modern tech indebted to Apollo

This article is part of , a multi-part series that explores the technological advances behind Apollo 11, their influence on modern day, and what’s next for the moon. You may have heard that freeze-dried food was invented to feed astronauts on the Apollo missions, and although “astronaut ice cream” was never actually […]
July 20, 2019
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Life after launch: Inside the massive effort to preserve NASA’s space artifacts

The Apollo 11 mission put a man on the moon, but NASA didn’t necessarily preserve every step of the process. Researchers are trying to rescue the history on Earth and on the moon.
July 19, 2019
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Dark side of the moon: Why lunar landing conspiracies flourish online

Social media platforms seemed lovely at first, places to share dumb jokes and the minutiae of everyday life. Those sites have an underbelly, however, and have been a breeding ground for conspiracy theories.
July 19, 2019
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The U.K.’s biggest (and only) asteroid mining company has designs on our skies

Is the founder and CEO of the U.K.'s Asteroid Mining Corporation going to be among the first people to strike it rich in space, or is he just chasing an ambitious but doomed mirage?
June 23, 2019
The Asteroid Mining Corporation

Want to work in the stars? Here are six future space jobs you could hold

Ever dreamed of leaving Earth to work in the stars? Here's a list of job titles that might sound like science fiction now, but almost certainly won’t a decade or two in the future.
June 22, 2019
space farming hormone astronaut on his knees