Missions

Instead of Going Straight to Mars, Astronauts Should Make a Slingshot Past Venus First

Every 26 months, the orbits of both Earth and Mars conspire to make travel between the two planets shorter. Launching…

4 weeks ago

How Would We Do Surgery in Space?

Any mission to Mars requires deeper planning than missions to the ISS or the Moon. Based purely on the length…

4 weeks ago

Why Lava Tubes Should be Our Top Exploration Priority on Other Worlds

When magma comes out of the Earth onto the surface, it flows as lava. Those lava flows are fascinating to…

1 month ago

Rovers Will be Starting to Make Their Own Decisions About Where to Search for Life

We all know how exploration by rover works. The rover is directed to a location and told to take a…

1 month ago

Well. It Looks Like James Webb is Getting Delayed Again, but it Should Still Launch in 2021

This is probably one of the least surprising announcements to come out of the coronavirus pandemic. During a virtual meeting…

2 months ago

Rocks on Bennu are Cracking Because of the Constant Day/Night Cycling

Asteroid Bennu is blanketed by rocks and huge boulders. And now that the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is taking a close look…

2 months ago

Finally! Mars InSight’s Mole is Now Underground

It looks like the InSight Lander's Mole instrument is making some progress. After months of perseverance, the team operating the…

2 months ago

Tiny Cardboard Aircraft Could Fly in the Skies of Mars

What would be the best method for exploring planetary atmospheres, such as at Mars, Venus or even Earth? One group…

3 months ago

This Laser Powered Rover Could Stay in the Shadows on the Moon and Continue to Explore

The craters on the Moon's poles are in permanent shadow. But they're also intriguing locations, due to deposits of water…

3 months ago

Even More Evidence that Europa has Geysers

Earlier this week, we shared some stunning, newly reprocessed images of Europa from NASA’s Galileo spacecraft, which visited Jupiter and…

3 months ago