Astronauts are experts in isolation, here's what they can teach us

We can look to astronauts’ experiences for tips to improve our own situation during lockdown.

Nathan Smith, Research Fellow Psychology, Security and Trust, University of Manchester • conversation
Jan. 15, 2021 ~7 min

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Apollo landers, Neil Armstrong's bootprint and other human artifacts on Moon officially protected by new US law

Who cares what happens to bootprints on the Moon? All humans should. And thankfully the US Congress and president agree.

Michelle L.D. Hanlon, Professor of Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~9 min

 space  nasa  moon  mining  spacex  space-tourism  artemis  space-law  lunar-lander

What you need to know about this year's winter solstice and the great conjunction

This year's winter solstice is also when Saturn and Jupiter appear closest to each other for 60 years, Here's what you need to know about both the events.

William Teets, Acting Director and Astronomer, Dyer Observatory, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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Fragments of energy – not waves or particles – may be the fundamental building blocks of the universe

Field theory describes the universe as energy flowing along unending lines. With this perspective, it is possible to define a new fundamental building block of matter.

Larry M. Silverberg, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University • conversation
Dec. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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I'm an astronomer and I think aliens may be out there – but UFO sightings aren't persuasive

Scientists are not convinced by the current evidence of UFOs. That doesn't mean that they don't exist. But have Americans' belief in UFOs gone from science to a new religion?

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

 space  exoplanets  nasa  aliens  ufo  exobiology

Curious Kids: If the Earth is spinning all the time, why don't things move around?

The Earth spins around its axis every day – but gravity keeps us firmly in place.

Jacco van Loon, Astrophysicist and Director of Keele Observatory, Keele University • conversation
Nov. 27, 2020 ~5 min

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Exoplanets are still out there -- a new model tells astronomers where to look for more using 4 simple variables

New mathematical technique enables astronomers to predict the whereabouts of missing worlds around nearby stars.

Jeremy Dietrich, Graduate Student in Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~7 min

 space  astronomy  planets

A new method guides astronomer to yet-undiscovered exoplanets

New mathematical technique enables astronomers to predict the whereabouts of missing worlds around nearby stars.

Jeremy Dietrich, Graduate Student in Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~7 min

 space  astronomy  planets

The scariest things in the universe are black holes – and here are 3 reasons

The scariest beast in the universe has an insatiable appetite and shreds its victims.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 30, 2020 ~7 min

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx will land on an asteroid to bring home rocks and dust – if it can avoid Mt. Doom

OSIRIS-REx will touch down on asteroid Bennu, collect a sample of the dust and begin its journey back to Earth, where scientists will study it, hoping to learn secrets of the solar system's origin.

Elizabeth Cantwell, Professor of Practice for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~8 min

 space  astronomy  solar-system  nasa  asteroid  astrobiology  innovation-and-invention  bennu  near-earth-asteroids  sample-return-mission

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