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 & 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 ambitious mission is the first effort since 1976 to bring lunar material back to Earth
The hanging structure crashed through Arecibo's dish after major cable failures
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A craft built to save Earth’s biodiversity from a planetary crisis would be far tinier—but vastly more far-reaching—than the biblical Ark
After a 44-year hiatus, humans are on the verge of returning fresh material from the moon
After suffering severe damage from broken cables that cannot be readily repaired, the observatory’s enormous radio telescope is now slated for “controlled decommissioning”...
A new satellite image reveals the damage that shut down the facility, ending an era in astronomical observation
Sensors will monitor solar emissions that threaten GPS and radio signals
Debate continues over a controversial report of phosphine in the planet’s atmosphere, as researchers reanalyze data and find a fainter signal
SpaceX’s first 4-astronaut mission for the agency is a milestone in human spaceflight
Most stars die in fairly predictable ways, but astronomers have discovered a growing catalog of unusual stellar deaths that challenge the traditional picture
Radioactive elements produced by colliding neutron stars could make the difference between living and lifeless worlds
The Artemis Accords—NASA guidelines supposedly designed to regulate global cooperation on the moon—may serve to circumvent preexisting international treaties
Earthly matters got you stressed? Here is an opportunity to elevate your mind above the terrestrial din with three cosmic questions...
Chang’e-5 has just one lunar day to collect material from a previously unexplored region of the moon’s near side
After a special election in Arizona, the veteran spacefarer is set to become a senator
As private launches increase dramatically, so will emissions of CO2, particulates and other noxious substances
Pluto pioneer Alan Stern and other researchers are on the cusp of flying to space alongside their experiments
The surprise detection of a radio burst from a neutron star in our galaxy might reveal the origin of a bigger cosmological phenomenon