How Far Have We Traveled Into Space?

Right now, NASA’s nuclear-powered spacecraft Voyager 1 is careening through dense solar winds on its way into interstellar space. It could take months, if not years, but eventually (barring any unfortunate turns) Voyager 1 will become the first human spacecraft to successfully leave our solar system. Video: NASA’s Voyager 1 to Go Where No Spacecraft Has …

Life On Mars? There Might Be, Now…

Oops. Turns out NASA didn’t thoroughly follow their guidelines for preventing contamination on other planets. At least, not leading up to the launch of the Mars Science Laboratory mission on November 26. Curiosity, the “largest and most advanced rover ever sent to the Red Planet,” almost made it into space without a hitch. But a …

New Planets To Be Revealed Monday

It’s difficult to believe that the first verifiable detection of an extrasolar planet didn’t occur until 1992. Granted, that was about 20 years ago, but in the grand scheme of human progress, we’ve only recently ventured beyond the confines of our own little section of the galaxy. And only through observation, at that! Tomorrow, NASA will …

The Search For Alien Worlds Continues

In our quest for life beyond Earth, have we been looking in the right places? As human beings, we are carbon-based lifeforms living on a, let’s be honest, relatively temperate planet ideally situated within our solar system to sustain biological life. We’ve got the works: Water, breathable oxygen, light from the sun. It’s perfect. But …

Japan Was Warned About Safety Of Nuclear Facilities

In every disaster movie, from The Day After Tomorrow and The Core all the way over to Independence Day and 2012, there’s a lone scientist warning of impending doom, who most initially scoff at. The world’s going to freeze over? Ha! The Earth’s core is going to stop spinning? Ha Ha! Japan’s nuclear reactors aren’t sufficiently …