A new analysis of data collected during the Kepler space telescope’s prime planet-hunting mission shows that 1,284 candidate planets are indeed confirmed exoplanets, boosting the current tally of worlds beyond the solar system to 3,264. Continue reading Kepler Space Telescope Confirms 1,284 New Planets
The latest venture by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner in his quest to find alien life is set to be unveiled by Stephen Hawking on Tuesday.
Starshot is the latest project in Milner’s decade-long search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), which he set up in July 2015, under the banner Breakthrough Initiatives. Continue reading Stephen Hawking and Billionaire to Hunt Aliens
Earth is heavy, and we don’t just mean in the “Back to the Future” sense. It makes it hard to escape from the surface. Escaping Earth is part of what makes space travel so expensive; every pound costs thousands upon thousands of dollars to just heft off the ground. Continue reading Could a Moon Fuel Stop Make Mars Missions Cheaper?
Astronauts are known for being in peak physical condition. But just like everyone else, occasionally they do get sick. Despite efforts by ground crew to keep spacecraft and cargo sterilized, when astronauts blast off into space, bacteria, viruses and mold can hitch a ride with them, on them and in them. Continue reading In Space, No One Can Hear You Sneeze