Scientists and engineers react with elation to the historic interplanetary flight
Jessica Watkins is excited for humans to get to work on the lunar surface
The author of a new book reveals the hidden human history of NASA’s in-development Europa Clipper mission
Last week’s pinpoint touchdown of NASA’s Mars Perseverance rover in Jezero Crater was historic for many reasons, chief among them the epochal nature of the mission’s task of seeking signs of ancient life—and caching relevant samples for eventual return to Earth...
NASA’s latest mission to the Red Planet will seek out signs of ancient life, gather samples for return to Earth and even fly a first-of-its-kind interplanetary helicopter
Join Scientific American for a conversation about the next steps in humanity’s reconnaissance of Mars. Featuring Casey Dreier, senior space policy adviser at the Planetary Society, and space and physics editor Lee Billings, this deep dive will begin with an overview of NASA’s upcoming Perseverance rover—slated to land on Mars in February 2021 to search for signs of past and present life and to gather samples for future return to Earth...
The candidate could be a “warm Neptune” or a mirage. Either way, it signals the dawn of a revolution in astronomy
In conversation, the Harvard University professor explains his shocking hypothesis—and calls out what he sees as a crisis in science
Strange radio transmissions appear to be coming from our nearest star system. Now scientists are trying to work out what is sending them
Climate change, nuclear arms control, the pandemic and more will be determined by whoever wins the White House and Congress
Half the award goes to Roger Penrose, with the rest split between Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez, for work revealing the “darkest secrets of the universe”...
How massive can black holes become? How do astronomers typically observe them? How do they die? Scientific American presents a conversation about these mysterious cosmic phenomena with Yale University astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan...
Three decades into the life of the world’s most revered orbital observatory, Ken Sembach, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, reflects on its future
A new book captures the pioneering, propaganda-infused visions of mid-20th-century Soviet space exploration
A new study of galaxy clusters suggests the cosmos may not be the same in all directions
Emmy and Peabody Award–winning science writer, producer and director Ann Druyan talks about Cosmos: Possible Worlds, the next installment of the Cosmos series.
Cosmos co-creator discusses communicating her dream for humanity
An encounter with Arrokoth at the outskirts of the solar system offers the best evidence yet for how worlds coalesce from dust
Scientists have detected relativistic frame dragging, a prediction of Einstein’s greatest theory, around a distant pair of exotic stars
Astronomers continue to gather evidence for a second world around the sun’s nearest neighboring star