Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Right Place, Rght Time

A NASA probe investigating the Van Allen radiation belts around Earth happened to be in the right place at the right time last year when mass ejected from the Sun during a powerful solar storm slammed into the belts.

Such events can damage spacecraft, so studying this one will be helpful.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Musk on Mars

Elon Musk is set  to lay out his plans for putting humans on Mars at the meeting of the International Astronautical Congress next month.

If all goes as planned, Musk will beat NASA to Mars by several years.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tabby's Star

Some scientists are still considering alien explanations for the unprecedented dimming of Tabby's Star.  No natural explanation has yet snugly fit the data.

Another search for radio signals coming from the star will be conducted in October.  The first such search found nothing.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

SLS

NASA's new rocket, the SLS, will be more powerful than the legendary Saturn V, the agency confirms.

SLS, besides launching astronauts to Mars, will also be able to fling planetary missions on more direct paths to the gas giants and beyond, thus cutting years off mission times.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Colonizing Space

The recent announcement that an Earth-like world may orbit Proxima Centauri, 4.25 light years away, seems to have sparked new discussion about interstellar travel.

The existence of an attractive destination so close by, it's thought, may focus efforts to reach the stars.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Crystals

A new study shows crystals, including protein crystals,  can be grown bigger and purer in microgravity than on Earth.

That could have fundamental implications in many fields, including medical research.  Growing crystals could be an early space profit center.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Life On Early Venus?

A new study using computer modeling of the atmosphere suggests life may have existed on early Venus.

That was before the roasting began.