Sarah Fecht
at 10:22 AM Mar 1 2017

SpaceX is already on track to make history by becoming the first private company to carry astronauts to the International Space Station in 2018. As if that wasn't ambitious enough, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced on Monday that the company is planning to send two private citizens into orbit around the moon a mere six months after carrying its first crew to the ISS.

Rachel Feltman
at 10:50 AM Feb 24 2017
Space // 

Have you heard the good news? On Wednesday, scientists announced a fleet of new planets. And not just any old exoplanets: they unveiled a solar system seemingly jam-packed with Earth-sized worlds. Those seven probably-rocky bodies could be an excellent place to search for life. And the good folks at NASA have created a whole new website devoted to the TRAPPIST-1 system. There's a lot to unpack here.

Sarah Fecht
at 10:35 AM Feb 23 2017
Space // 

Planet-hunters are always on the lookout for worlds that look like Earth—rocky planets that are not too hot and not too cold for liquid water to flow on the surface. Now scientists have hit the jackpot, discovering seven Earth-size exoplanets orbiting a single star just 39 light-years away.

Sara Chodosh
at 11:13 AM Feb 22 2017
Space // 

Prepare yourself—the Pluto debate has returned, and people are not going to be able to shut up about it. Pluto might be about to regain its planethood.

Sarah Fecht
at 12:30 PM Feb 20 2017
Space // 

The Juno spacecraft has been stuck in the wrong orbit around Jupiter for months, and today NASA announced that they're just going to leave it there. The team has given up on finding a way into a more ideal orbit.

Sarah Fecht
at 12:30 PM Feb 20 2017
Space // 

The Dawn spacecraft has detected organic compounds on Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The findings are reported today in Science.

Sarah Fecht
at 11:14 AM Feb 16 2017

Poopin' ain't easy in space—especially if you're stuck in a space suit for extended periods of time. Today's astronauts wear diapers when they need to don a space suit, but on future Martian getaways, mishaps could leave astronauts stuck in their suits for six days at a time. That's a long time to move around in a poopy diaper. And in a low gravity environment, the stuff in your diaper could float out and cover everything else in your space suit. Not good.

 
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