Astronomers found that the mass of the black hole at the center of the small galaxy NGC 4395 (pictured above) is just a 40th what researchers had predicted. What they found: Located about 14 million light-years away from Earth, the black hole …Continue reading
Some background: For thousands of years astronomers have observed strange flashes on the lunar surface, known as transient lunar phenomena. They’re there one second, and gone the next. There have been many guesses at what these lights might be. Maybe meteors are …Continue reading
If we want to put humans into deep space, we will need to pack lightly. That means we will need to take advantage of whatever resources we find when we’re out there. Since 2015, NASA has been running the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge …Continue reading
In the months leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, we will be sharing the stories of the people who made the moon landing possible as part of our Airlock space newsletter. First up is David Carrier, the …Continue reading
A trip to space is no vacation. Getting there requires some serious prep work—even for people whose checkbooks have paid for the golden launch ticket. SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are all promising to send private citizens into space within the …Continue reading
Eli Goldstein, a fresh-faced cofounder of SkyCool Systems, pulled open the garage door on the side of the Stanford spinout’s cramped workspace in Burlingame, California, and rolled a set of square silver panels into the parking lot.
On September 1, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket exploded catastrophically at a launch site in Florida. Now a series of delays and setbacks in repreparing for launch are beginning to impact its customers. While SpaceX still hasn’t confirmed the cause of what …Continue reading
Every 99 minutes a NASA satellite orbits the planet, capturing a million measurements a day of the carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s part of an experiment that scientists hope will one day result in a fleet of satellites that reliably …Continue reading