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.

Mark D. Kaufman
at 11:14 AM Feb 16 2017
Space // 

In 1939, the year World War II broke out, Winston Churchill was thinking about aliens. Not illegal aliens, actual extraterrestrial aliens. Although the looming Nazi threat surely commanded most of Churchill's attention, the renowned statesman still found time to formally ponder one of humanity's greatest mysteries in the aptly titled essay, “Are We Alone in the Universe?”

Sarah Fecht
at 11:14 AM Feb 16 2017

A little more than 40 years ago, Dubai was a tiny pearl-fishing village lined with dirt roads. Now it's the largest and most futuristic city in the world, the jewel of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). From manmade, palm tree-shaped archipelagos to jetpack-wearing firefighters and the world's tallest building, the city has a reputation for taking on insanely ambitious projects and executing them with swiftness and expertise. Now, the UAE has a vision to build an even crazier city—on Mars.

 
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