A committee within the House of Representatives is recommending that Congress should not fund NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM). The mission--which would launch to an asteroid in 2021, pick up a boulder from it, and then bring that boulder back to lunar space for astronauts to visit--has been billed by NASA as a stepping stone for putting humans on Mars, but it hasn't garnered a lot of support from scientists or the public.
The Pluto flyby was arguably one of 2015's top scientific achievements, maybe even one of the most memorable moments in the last decade. We now know what our ex-ninth planet looks like, and it's spectacular. Pluto turned out to have some surprising features like glaciers, nitrogen lakes, ice volcanoes, and the list is growing. The New Horizons mission to Pluto has surpassed everyone's expectations, and the good news is, the team has no plans of stopping yet. This summer, they're hoping to win an extended mission to explore another strange new world.
A star 1,480 light-years away from Earth is at the center of a big scientific conundrum over whether its weird light patterns could indicate intelligent life around it. And it's possible that nobody would have noticed the star's weird behavior if it hadn't been for crowd sourcing.
The Titan missile was an US Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile that NASA ultimately chose to launch its interim Gemini program between 1964 and 1966. But a close look at any launch shot shows holes in the missile's fuselage. It seems counter intuitive, but it had to do with the missile's staging.