Orange Skin, Thick Bones, and All the Other Ways the Human Body Could Change on Mars

Going to Mars will change us—and not just in a touchy-feely, metaphysical way. Over time, we should expect a fair bit of evolutionary divergence between Mars settlers and the human population on Earth, according to Rice University biologist Scott Solomon, who examined this possibility in his 2016 book Future Humans: Inside the Science of Our […]

Cosmonaut brains show space travel causes lasting changes

A new study of Russian space travelers adds to evidence that life among the stars has many consequences. Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov works on the International Space Station during a five-hour, 11-minute spacewalk. Science & InnovationStarstruckCosmonaut brains show space travel causes lasting changesA new study of Russian space travelers adds to evidence that life among […]

Lockheed Martin proposes a mega-lunar lander: 62 tons and an elevator

With the Trump administration setting lunar exploration as the principal human spaceflight goal in the near-term, NASA has begun devising a plan for how best to meet that goal. As part of this development process, companies have begun pitching ideas to the space agency’s human exploration program about how they could help (and why they […]

SpaceX reveals mystery moon passenger, and he’s a billionaire

Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been talking up its plans to shoot tourists around the moon since early 2017. It’s finally starting to feel a little more real as Musk announced the company’s first paying passenger on Monday. The deep-pocketed space explorer is Yusaku Maezawa, a 42-year-old Japanese billionaire and founder of online fashion mall Zozotown. […]

Japan to conduct first test as part of space elevator project

Elon Musk may not believe in space elevators yet, but Japan is taking a step forward to realise the dream of travelling to space by elevators instead of the traditional rocket. A team of researchers from Japan’s Shizuoka University and other institutions will conduct the first test in space this month as part of a […]

India Is Launching a Rover to the Moon to Look for Nuclear Fusion Fuel

On Monday, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) announced the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which will send a rover to the south-side of the moon later this year. It will be India’s second lunar mission and the first time any country has visited the moon’s south side. The ISRO’s six-wheeled rover will analyze the lunar crust for […]

A New Way to Find Alien Civilizations: Look for Their Satellites

If an extraterrestrial civilization were to turn its scientific instruments toward Earth, what would it see? If its radio telescopes were on par with the kind we use today, it might notice large amounts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, a biomarker indicative of an advanced industrial civilization. If its radio telescopes were far more […]

Finally, scientists have found intriguing organic molecules on Mars

After more than four decades of searching for organic molecules on the surface of Mars, scientists have conclusively found them in mudstones on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp. A variety of organic compounds were discovered by NASA’s Curiosity rover, which heated the Martian rocks to 500° Celsius to release the chemicals. The finding is […]

Tracking CubeSats for $25

CubeSats are tiny satellites which tag along as secondary payloads during launches. They have to weigh in at under 1.33 kg, and are often built at low cost. There’s even open source designs for these little spacecrafts. Over 800 CubeSats have been launched over the last few years, with many more launches scheduled in the […]

China just invited the world to its space station

At a time when NASA and its partners are trying to decide how long to maintain the International Space Station, China has taken the significant step of inviting the world to its planned orbital station. The China Space Station, or CSS, could become operational as soon as 2022. Such an announcement represents potentially the greatest […]