Souped up Hall thrusters might get people to Mars

"...essentially, we took the H9 thruster and made a muscle car out of it by turning it up to 11—really up to a hundred..."

Kate McAlpine-Michigan • futurity
yesterday ~7 min

Cornwall space launch: why the environmental cost of rocket launches is large even when they fail

The UK space launch failed but it succeeded in releasing hazardous pollutants to multiple layers of the atmosphere.

Eloise Marais, Associate Professor in Physical Geography, UCL • conversation
Jan. 20, 2023 ~6 min

Were more galaxies born earlier than we thought?

A new finding moves astronomers one step closer to finding out when galaxies first appeared in the universe.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Jan. 19, 2023 ~6 min

Team grabs radio signal from most distant galaxy yet

Researchers have captured a radio signal from the most distant galaxy so far, allowing a peek into the secrets of the early universe.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
Jan. 18, 2023 ~4 min

Curious Kids: is there such a thing as nothing?

Nothing is harder to find than you might think.

Jacco van Loon, Astronomer, Keele University • conversation
Jan. 17, 2023 ~6 min

Expert: Why new exoplanet discovery is a big deal

A newly-discovered Earth-sized exoplanet that could be capable of supporting life "is a key example that we have a lot more to learn."

Kim Ward-Michigan State • futurity
Jan. 12, 2023 ~8 min

NASA's busiest year in decades – an astronomer sums up the dizzying array of missions in 2022

NASA has been gaining momentum in recent years as investment into space has ramped up in the US. In 2022, missions dealt with the farthest, closest, hottest and coldest conditions in the universe.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Jan. 12, 2023 ~9 min

Ultraviolet rays fuel late-stage planet formation

New research indicates that UV rays, not cosmic or X-rays, drive the chemistry involved in late-stage planet development.

U. Michigan • futurity
Jan. 11, 2023 ~5 min

Why go back to the moon?

"We will build on the moon. We will colonize the moon. We will exploit the moon. We will do science on the moon," according to a new book.

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
Jan. 10, 2023 ~8 min

Astronomers use ‘little hurricanes’ to weigh and date planets around young stars

Little ‘hurricanes’ that form in the discs of gas and dust around young stars can be used to study certain aspects of planet formation, even for smaller

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 6, 2023 ~6 min