Astronomers find a “cataclysmic” pair of stars with the shortest orbit yet

The stars circle each other every 51 minutes, confirming a decades-old prediction.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~7 min

US, China Compete in Space

VOA Learning English • voa
Oct. 2, 2022 ~5 min

Venus: the trouble with sending people there

Some scientists are keen to send humans to Venus on a flyby.

Andrew Coates, Professor of Physics, Deputy Director (Solar System) at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL • conversation
Sept. 29, 2022 ~7 min

NASA crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid – photos show the last moments of the successful DART mission

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test successfully showed that it is possible to crash a spacecraft into a small asteroid. Whether the approach could save Earth from a future threat remains to be seen.

David Barnhart, Professor of Astronautics, University of Southern California • conversation
Sept. 27, 2022 ~6 min

NASA is crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid to test a plan that could one day save Earth from catastrophe

Crashing the 1,340-pound DART probe into the small moonlet orbiting the asteroid Didymos should redirect its trajectory – and could be a model for how to save Earth in the future.

Svetla Ben-Itzhak, Assistant Professor of Space and International Relations, Air University • conversation
Sept. 20, 2022 ~10 min

Check out the first image of the Orion Nebula

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured its first images of the Orion Nebula, the richest and closest star nursery in the solar system.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 20, 2022 ~4 min

Mars is littered with 15,694 pounds of human trash from 50 years of robotic exploration

Discarded pieces of landing gear, crashed spacecraft and wear and tear have produced a lot of debris that is now scattered around the Martian surface.

Cagri Kilic, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Robotics, West Virginia University • conversation
Sept. 20, 2022 ~6 min

Super-Earths are bigger, more common and more habitable than Earth itself – and astronomers are discovering more of the billions they think are out there

Newly discovered super-Earths add to the list of planets around other stars that offer the best chance of finding life. An astronomer explains what makes these super-Earths such excellent candidates.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Sept. 19, 2022 ~8 min

China and Africa Cooperate in Space for Different Reasons

VOA Learning English • voa
Sept. 17, 2022 ~7 min

Saturn’s rings and tilt could be the product of an ancient, missing moon

A “grazing encounter” may have smashed the moon to bits to form Saturn’s rings, a new study suggests.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2022 ~7 min