Space radiation can damage satellites − my team discovered that a next-generation material could self-heal when exposed to cosmic rays

Spacecraft exteriors that automatically heal from radiation damage would change the game − one material shows promise.

Ahmad Kirmani, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
yesterday ~5 min

Small planets may be best targets in hunt for ‘second Earth’

A rocky planet with a large moon may have good potential to host life, given that the moon controls essential aspects for life on Earth.

David Andreatta - U. Rochester • futurity
June 20, 2024 ~7 min

Study: Titan’s lakes may be shaped by waves

MIT researchers find wave activity on Saturn’s largest moon may be strong enough to erode the coastlines of lakes and seas.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
June 19, 2024 ~9 min

Keeping astronauts healthy in space isn’t easy − new training programs will prepare students to perform medicine while thousands of miles away from Earth

Future space missions will fly farther and longer than ever before – which means crew members may need more involved medical care in space.

Arian Anderson, Emergency Medicine Physician, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
June 18, 2024 ~8 min

Research Explores How Space Travel Affects Human Body

VOA Learning English • voa
June 17, 2024 ~5 min

Nations realise they need to take risks or lose the race to the Moon

There’s intense competition between the US and China to establish bases on the Moon.

Jacco van Loon, Reader in Astrophysics, Keele University • conversation
June 17, 2024 ~8 min

The Hubble telescope has shifted into one-gyro mode after months of technical issues − an aerospace engineering expert explains

Hubble’s technical issues continue. But through some clever engineering, the telescope can continue operations with just 1 gyroscope.

Panagiotis Tsiotras, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology • conversation
June 17, 2024 ~6 min

Weird ‘Phoenix’ sheds light on how planets evolve

A planet that should have been stripped to bare rock by its nearby host star's intense radiation somehow grew a puffy atmosphere instead.

Roberto Molar Candanosa-Johns Hopkins • futurity
June 14, 2024 ~7 min

Space weather forecasting needs an upgrade to protect future Artemis astronauts

The Sun will be at its most explosive right around the time NASA plans to put people back on the Moon.

Lulu Zhao, Assistant Research Scientist in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, University of Michigan • conversation
June 13, 2024 ~6 min

There’s water frost on top of volcanoes on Mars

For the first time, researchers have found frost on Mars' Tharsis volcanoes, challenging previous assumptions about the planet's climate.

Juan Siliezar-Brown • futurity
June 11, 2024 ~6 min