Goodbye Forever Philae; We Hardly Knew Ye

By Nancy Atkinson You can’t say they didn’t try, but the news is sad nonetheless. ESA announced the mission for the Philae lander – the first spacecraft to ever land on a comet — is officially over. The system that enables communications between the...

Large Impact Craters on Ceres Have Gone Missing

By Nancy Atkinson Scientists have found a bit of a mystery at the dwarf planet Ceres. Yes, there are those intriguing bright spots inside numerous craters, the mystery that has mostly been solved, as being made of bright salts, likely leftover from a briny solution of...

How Far is Mars from the Sun?

By Matt Williams With the Scientific Revolution, astronomers became aware of the fact that the Earth and the other planets orbit the Sun. And thanks to Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, the study of their orbits was refined to the point of mathematical...

Groot & Rocket Raccoon Get Their Own Mission Patch

By Matt Williams In 2011, the US government created the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to manage the US National Laboratory aboard the International Space Station,. With the purpose of ensuring that research opportunities provided by the ISS...