“SMALL ASTEROID TO IMPACT OVER NEW YORK CITY’S CENTRAL PARK IN 10 DAYS” So reads the fake press release for day five of the fictional impact event at this year’s Planetary Defense Conference.
We’re only a week into 2019, and already we’ve seen two pretty amazing events in space exploration: New Horizons’ visit to Ultima Thule, and China’s landing on the far side of the Moon.
You probably can’t tell from all the way down here, but Earth is developing a pretty big space debris problem. In fact, Ziggy tells me that, right now, there are at least 17,852 man-made objects floating around up there, and those are just the ones we can track. Start counting the smaller pieces of debris …
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory intends to send a probe 4.4 light-years away to our nearest star system neighbor, Alpha Centauri, by the year 2069.
There’s something for everyone on Mars – broken spacecraft, dinosaur bones, remnants of ancient civilizations. Squirrels. Perhaps it’s not so extraordinary, then, that eagle-eyed supernatural seekers have located a mysterious round ball on the Red Planet.
Is the Earth flat? That’s a bit of a weird topic, if you ask me. An oddly political one, too – there’s an honest-to-goodness movement behind the idea, with large online communities devoted to unraveling what many believe is a planet-wide conspiracy to keep the true nature of our world a secret.
Tardigrades. Water bears. Moss piglets. These remarkably sturdy microscopic organisms are so resilient they can survive the harshest environments, from fiery volcanoes to the deep sea, the Antarctic, and even the ravages of outer space.