Location, Location, Radiation: Martian Real Estate

I saw The Martian on Friday. Great adaptation of a great novel. Poor astronaut Watney had so many ordeals with his inflatable habitat. If only he’d had one of the new Martian igloos! (Insert paid programming here—“but wait, there’s more!”) Back in May, NASA announced a competition challenging innovators to design 3D printed habitats for space... Continue Reading →

Melting Mars (Supervillain Style)

Only twenty days until the adaptation of The Martian hits theaters! The sci-fi survival tale will undoubtedly fuel interest in the feasibility of real-life trips to the Red Planet. NASA head Charles Bolden anticipates such a mission could occur in the 2030s, although Martian author Andy Weir thinks 2050 is a more reasonable timeline. In either case,... Continue Reading →

Pluto: Planet of the Nerds?

NASA’s New Horizons mission completed its historic flyby of Pluto yesterday, giving us our first close-up look at the dwarf planet that marks the exit ramp from our solar system into the galaxy beyond. Earth began receiving images today (yes, a day later; it’s a very long-distance call). The pictures will give us our closet... Continue Reading →

Intergalactic March Madness

In honor of the Hubble Telescope's upcoming anniversary, participate in Hubble Mania 2015, a tournament challenge featuring some of the telescope's most famous photographs. Fill out a bracket, vote for your favorite images, and get ready for some (literally) stellar match-ups!

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