- Jan 2 20171 minute
She Helped Send John Glenn Into Space
CAITLIN KEATING AND MIA McNIECE At the age of 98, Katherine Johnson tells People her greatest accomplishment is “just staying alive.” But the West Virginia native has much more to be proud of: A brilliant mathematician (played by Taraji P. Henson in
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Want To Go To Mars? Ron Howard’s New Series Gives Red Planet Fever A Boost
IT’S A FIRST-WORLD LUXURY TO LIVE in a country in which we can gripe about not having gotten to Mars yet. If we could land on the moon 47 years ago, why is Mars taking so long? The question is being asked more often lately, which makes it a good time
- Dec 26 20162 minutes
John Glenn | 1921-2016 An American Hero
As the first NASA astronaut to orbit the Earth, he embodied daring and courage—and inspired a generation
- Dec 23 20164 minutes
The Top 11 Science And Health Stories Of The Year
It was a great year for weed and gravitational waves.
- Dec 7 20164 minutes
The Extreme Hazing Of The Most Expensive Telescope Ever Built
The James Webb Space Telescope, $8.8 billion and 20 years in the making, is undergoing rigorous testing to make sure it can survive launch.
- Dec 14 20163 minutes
Earth Is Probably Unprepared For A Comet Strike
The U.S. should invest in an interceptor spacecraft before we detect a dangerous object, say government scientists.
- Dec 14 20162 minutes
Find Cosmic-Blast Shields, Find The Aliens
Astronomers say they could detect signs of advanced civilizations by searching for their defense mechanisms.
- Aug 22 20162 minutes
An Unlimited Digital Universe With Wonder to Spare
I’M CRUISING THROUGH AN AMARANTH-TINGED VACUUM in a dangerously vulnerable starship. Asteroids phase in and out of view, each a mineral mass my photon cannons can mine for fuel. In the distance, a distress signal beckons from one of the nearly unlimi
- Dec 1 20164 minutes
Spooks In Space
How a banal celestial lab kicked off a new age of warfare.
- Jan 6 20172 minutes
Is Nasa Paving The Way For Asteroid Mining?
The agency just greenlit a robotic mission to the most metal-rich space rock in the solar system.
- Dec 7 20164 minutes
Astronomers Are Using Ancient Eclipse Records To Solve A Cosmic Mystery
Babylonian tablets suggest that Earth’s rotation is slowing less than expected.
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01 Spacex Vs. Blue Origin
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The Great Rocket Race
ELON MUSK’S SPACEX IS JOUSTING WITH A BOEING-LOCKHEED JOINT VENTURE FOR THE LUCRATIVE BUSINESS OF SENDING SATELLITES TO SPACE. THE INCUMBENT FACES A DAUNTING TWO-PRONGED CHALLENGE: CAN IT SLASH PRICES WHILE OVERHAULING A KEY PART OF ITS TECHNOLOGY?
- Jan 14 20171 minute
Spacex Sticks The Landing In Triumphant Return
After a four-month launch hiatus, the company’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully sent a communications satellite into orbit and returned its first stage to a floating robotic barge.
- Jan 17 20173 minutes
Remembering Gene Cernan
“Too many years have passed for me to still be the last man to have walked on the moon.”
- Jan 9 20172 minutes
The Moon May Be Formed From Many Tiny Moons
New research suggests the moon was the result of a series of smaller collisions rather than a single catastrophe, contradicting a theory that has been widely accepted for over 30 years.
- Oct 31 20162 minutes
A New Leader in the Suborbital Space Race
Blue Origin’s string of successes means pressure for Virgin Galactic | “Make damn sure that we feel comfortable putting people on”
- Sep 26 20165 minutes
TIME’S SPACE WRITER SPENDS 24 HOURS INSIDE NASA’S SIMULATED MARS BASE IN HAWAII
- Jan 3 20174 minutes
The Most Vulnerable Nasa Missions Under Trump
Reading the tea leaves on the president-elect’s space policy
- Dec 12 201612 minutes
A Possible Break In One Of Evolution's Biggest Mysteries
Whales have one of the strangest, least-understood histories of any animal—and barnacles might be the key to unlocking their secrets.
- Jun 1 201615 minutes
The Miner’s Guide to the Galaxy
Two U.S. companies are determined to drill asteroids for space’s riches. But are they prepared to share the trillion-dollar sky with foreign competitors?
- Nov 28 20162 minutes
Your December Horoscope
It’s time to be a visionary. And you’ll have help: Saturn, the planet of long-range planning, Jupiter, the planet of abstract thinking, and Uranus, the planet of sudden change and progressive reasoning, are working together at the beginning of Decem
- Dec 12 20164 minutes
The Map That Lets You Listen To The Radio Everywhere
Radio Garden is a meditation on connectedness and what broadcast technology does to local culture.
- Dec 15 20161 minute
The Icy Secrets Of Ceres
New research suggests water ice lurks under the surface of the dwarf planet.
- Oct 31 20162 minutes
Your November Horoscope
Now’s a great time to collaborate.
- Sep 26 20162 minutes
Take time to develop your professional relationships.
- Oct 3 20161 minute
How Incentive Prizes Can Spark Innovation
IN 1927 CHARLES LINDBERGH BECAME the first solo pilot to fly nonstop across the Atlantic. The flight not only made Lindbergh famous; it also created the perception that flying was safe and available to the common man. And it was all sparked by a rewa
- Jan 13 20178 minutes
Why Mars Is The Best Planet
It’s like The Man in the High Castle for Earth’s history.
- Jan 11 20171 minute
The Milky Way’s Stolen Stars
Astronomers say some of the galaxy’s most distant stars were actually whisked away from a passing mini-galaxy.