Saturday, September 24, 2016

Plutonian Ocean

A new study suggests there's a ocean of liquid saltwater under the icy shell of Pluto.

The ocean could be 60 miles deep.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Tiangong-1

China's first manned space station, Tiangong-1, will fall back to Earth next year, but due to a malfunction, it will be an uncontrolled re-entry.

Much of it will burn up in the atmosphere, but hundreds of pounds of stuff may reach the surface.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Seasons

Today is the first full day of autumn in the northern hemisphere of Earth.  Mars has similar seasons, but about twice as long.

Could the longer year on Mars have given the evolution of life there a different time factor?

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Europa

NASA has announced it will disclose a surprising discovery about Jupiter's moon Europa next Monday.

No further details were given.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Musk Tweets

Elon Musk has tweeted the spaceship SpaceX is building to take people to Mars could in fact go much farther.

He dubbed it the Interplanetary Transport System.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Orion A Go

NASA's new Orion space capsule is on track for its first unmanned lunar flight in 2018.

The agency is planning the first flight with a crew will take place in 2021.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Mars Water

A new study suggests huge amounts of liquid water existed on Mars several hundred million years longer than currently accepted.

That has clear implications for the possibility of life.