Space & Astronomy News

Star Trek vs. Transformers Cartoons Collide This September
Boldly going where there's more than meets the eye. read more...

CBS Hits Warp Drive with 'Star Trek' Universe, More Shows Planned
"Star Trek: Discovery" showrunner Alex Kurtzman signed a five-year, $25 million deal to expand the CBS "Star Trek" franchise for television, according to a report in Variety. That means more Trek TV shows are coming. read more...

Did Plate Tectonics Set the Stage for Life on Earth?
A new study suggests that rapid cooling within the Earth's mantle through plate tectonics played a major role in the development of the first life forms, which in turn led to the oxygenation of the Earth's atmosphere. read more...

The Best Sci-Fi TV Shows on Netflix
Here are the best sci-fi TV shows you can stream on Netflix right now. read more...

Wow! This Fresh Meteoroid Impact on Mars Triggered a Dusty Avalanche
A small space rock crashed into Mars recently, and NASA has captured an amazing view of its crater grave site, as well as the trail from an avalanche triggered by the impact. read more...

Image of the Day
Sunlight gleams through Earth's atmosphere just before sunrise in this photo taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst at the International Space Station. read more...

Dwarf Planet Ceres Has Way More Organic Molecules Than Originally Suspected
On the dwarf planet Ceres, organic molecules are more abundant than scientists originally suspected. read more...

Gravity Assist Podcast: InSight, with Bruce Banerdt
NASA's new Chief Scientist, Dr Jim Green, talks to Bruce Banerdt, who is the lead scientist on the latest mission to Mars: InSight. read more...

Former Astronaut Criticizes NASA's Lunar Gateway Plans
A former NASA astronaut used an appearance at a National Space Council meeting June 18 to argue that a key element of NASA's plans to return humans to the moon should be reconsidered. read more...

On This Day In Space! June 19, 1963: Vostok 5 & Vostok 6 Return to Earth
On June 19, 1963, two Soviet spacecraft named Vostok 5 and Vostok 6 returned to Earth, ending a historic joint mission. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series. read more...

Black Holes Could Actually Be Colliding Wormholes
The echoes of colliding wormholes would look different than the signal from merging black holes. read more...

Trump: 'We Are Going to Have the Space Force'
In remarks kicking off a meeting of the National Space Council, Trump pointedly directed the Pentagon to create a Space Force as a "separate but equal" branch of the U.S. military. read more...

The 4th Flavor? Scientists Close in on a New Kind of Neutrino
The history behind the discovery is a fascinating tale with twist and turns that would make Agatha Christie's head spin. read more...

This Supercomputer Can Calculate in 1 Second What Would Take You 6 Billion Years
It's the fastest, and smartest, supercomputer. read more...

Asteroid Defense: Scanning the Sky for Threats From Space
NASA and other organizations do regular scans of the sky to catalog any small bodies that are at risk of crashing into our planet. read more...

CubeSats: Tiny Payloads, Huge Benefits for Space Research
CubeSats are miniature satellites that are commonly used in low Earth orbit for applications such as remote sensing or communications. read more...

"Losing the Nobel Prize": A Q&A with Author and Astrophysicist Brian Keating
The glory of the iconic Nobel Prize accolade is the dream of many scientists. Author and astrophysicist Brian Keating spoke about the ups and downs along his journey, and lessons learned. read more...

Relativity: The Thought Experiments Behind Einstein's Theory
Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity is a monumental achievement of human ingenuity, creativity and perseverance — to say the least. read more...

Why Does Venus Spin So Weirdly?
For years, scientists have been unable to agree on the length of a day on Venus, but one new study might put an end to this confusion. read more...

Solving the 200-Year-Old Mystery of a Strange Eclipsing Star
The two-century-old mystery of what causes a star to dim for two years out of every 27 may be close to being solved, thanks to the ESA's Gaia spacecraft. read more...