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Salty Ceres, Martian Dunes and Venus at Last

From progress on deciphering the strange features of dwarf planet Ceres to NASA's plans to play with Martian sand and a heroic rescue of Japan's Venus-bound spacecraft, it's been an interesting past couple of weeks...

December 11, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Did the Solar System Just Gain 2 New Worlds?

A pair of scientific papers suggest that the ALMA observatory may have detected 2 new "planet-scale" objects associated with the outer realms of the solar system. But should we be awed or skeptical?...

December 10, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

Basic Rocket Science: Sub-Orbital Versus Orbital

As the private space company Blue Origin achieves a 100 kilometer suborbital flight, and a spectacular re-landing of its rocket, it's worth pausing to consider the basic energy requirements of spaceflight from the surface of the Earth...

November 25, 2015 — Caleb A. Scharf

The Dawn of the Space Mining Age

New legislation and interest from a number of private ventures could lead to extraction of valuable minerals from asteroids—and sooner than you might think

November 24, 2015 — Richard Yonck
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