Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017

If you can send a spacecraft to the moon and loop around our natural satellite one time, or—even better—gently set a rover down on the lunar surface, there could be money in it for you. $4.75 million, to be precise.

Marissa Shieh
at 10:11 AM Aug 15 2017
Space // 

One man's garbage is another man's treasure. Or in this case, one space telescope's extra data is another researcher's gold mine.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 08:00 AM Aug 8 2017
Space // 

In less than two years, the New Horizons space probe is going to go whizzing by an object a billion miles further away from us than Pluto at speeds of up to 30,000 miles per hour. We know generally where that object—MU69, a cold dark object in the Kuiper Belt—will be thanks to telescope observations, otherwise we wouldn't be able to rendezvous with it at all, but like a blind date, we're not 100 percent sure what to expect. Details like the shape, exact size, color of the object and even if it has close neighbors all remain elusive.

Aparna Nathan
at 12:59 PM Aug 4 2017
Space // 

Picture Jupiter, the gas giant. Now inflate it to over five times its size. Throw in a sun close enough that it can heat the planet's atmospheric surface to 4,600 degrees Fahrenheit.

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 12:59 PM Aug 4 2017
Space // 

I did not throw up. When I tell people that I've ridden in a zero-g plane, invariably they ask, propriety be damned, if I threw up. So, it's best to address that aspect of zero-g straight away. Though I dutifully stick the company issued barf bag in my flight suit's pocket—just in case—my stomach's contents remain my stomach's contents through the many 30-to-40 second cycles of less than Earth's gravity. Five other fliers—all men—are significantly less fortunate.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:59 PM Aug 4 2017
Space // 

Defending Earth from aliens sounds like a big job, but the bigger one is actually defending alien life from us. The position NASA is hiring for—with the amazing title of Planetary Protection Officer—is probably nothing like the image conjured by the trending headlines.

Sarah Fecht
at 11:38 AM Jul 24 2017

If humans are ever really going to make it to Mars, we're going to need a bigger boat. Today's spaceships are built for short hauls to and from the International Space Station, a mere six or so hours away. These ships, like the Russian Soyuz, SpaceX's Dragon, NASA's upcoming Orion capsule, are small, cramped, and they don't have bathrooms or sleeping quarters.

 
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