Could people breathe the air on Mars?

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and one of our closest neighbors in space. But it’s not a very welcoming place for an Earthling to visit.

Amy J. Williams, Assistant Professor of Geology, University of Florida • conversation
today ~6 min

This is the first image of the black hole at our galaxy’s center

Researchers have shared the very first image of the black hole at the center of our galaxy, the Milky Way. Meet Sagittarius A*.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
May 13, 2022 ~10 min

How to grow plants on the moon – new study

Take note, future colonisers: you may be able to grow stuff in certain places on the Moon.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
May 12, 2022 ~8 min

Astronomers snap first-ever image of supermassive black hole Sagitarrius A*

The image reveals a glowing, donut-shaped ring at the Milky Way’s heart.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 12, 2022 ~8 min

Wealthy nations are carving up space and its riches – and leaving other countries behind

Current trends suggest that powerful nations are defining the rules of resource use in space and satellite access in ways that will make it hard for developing nations to ever catch up.

Theodora Ogden, Research Fellow in Emerging Space Countries, Arizona State University • conversation
May 11, 2022 ~9 min

Lessons on diplomacy, sustainability of International Space Station

Soyeon Yi, the first Korean astronaut, details her experiences with Americans and Russians while on a mission on the International Space Station.

Nikki Rojas • harvard
May 10, 2022 ~5 min

Flashing star is part of mysterious ‘black widow’ binary

Scientists have found a "black widow binary," a neutron star circling and slowly consuming a smaller companion star, as its arachnid namesake does its mate.

U. Washington • futurity
May 6, 2022 ~7 min

Tests gauge the freezing point of water in icy moons

Researchers have conducted experiments that measured the physical limits for the existence of liquid water in icy moons.

Hannah Hickey-U. Washington • futurity
May 5, 2022 ~6 min

Astronomers discover a rare “black widow” binary, with the shortest orbit yet

The system is orbited by third stellar companion and may have originated near the center of the Milky Way.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2022 ~7 min

Search reveals eight new sources of black hole echoes

The findings will help scientists trace a black hole’s evolution as it feeds on stellar material.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 2, 2022 ~7 min