Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Martian Snowstorms

A new study suggests there could be snowstorms on Mars-- but only at night.

The study sees the Martian atmosphere as much more dynamic than thought.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

AI In Space

NASA is planning to rely increasingly on artificial intelligence on missions so far away that constant communication with Earth is impossible.

Developing AI for such missions will no doubt hasten its adoption in society generally.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse

Today a total eclipse runs coast-to-coast across the United States.

Total solar eclipses are among the most awe-inspiring spectacles in nature, and the most benign.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Powering Mars

According to the engineering firm Siemens, powering a Mars colony could involve a combination of solar power, with solar panels deployed on the surface, wind farms, and batteries.

It would be a decentralized system, not dependent on any one factor.

Friday, August 18, 2017

TRAPPIST-1

TRAPPIST-1 and its planets may be twice as old as the Sun, a new study suggests.

That would give life plenty of time to evolve.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Perspective

Wal-Mart has announced quarterly revenues of over $123 billion.

That's more than six times NASA's annual budget.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

For All Mankind

A group called For All Mankind is working to protect the six Apollo landing sites on the Moon as heritage areas.

It intends to present its plan to the United Nations shortly.