- 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
- Nov 21 20162 minutes
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 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.
- Jan 2 20171 minute
John Glenn National Hero
JEFFREY KLUGER IF YOU WERE AROUND IN 1959, odds are that the first time you saw John Glenn, you felt better. Glenn, who died on Dec. 8 at 95, was one of seven astronauts selected by NASA to both calm and thrill a frightened country at nuclear dagger
- 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 1 20164 minutes
Spooks In Space
How a banal celestial lab kicked off a new age of warfare.
- 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
- 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.
- Oct 24 20161 minute
Obama Says NASA Will Put A Human On Mars ‘By The 2030s.’ Can It?
JEFFREY KLUGER FEW THINGS MAKE A POST-1950S PRESIDENT APPEAR AS visionary as talking about going to Mars. At one point or another, almost all Presidents seem to do it. On Oct. 11, Obama joined the chorus, promising a public-private partnership to se
- 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.
- Dec 15 20161 minute
The Icy Secrets Of Ceres
New research suggests water ice lurks under the surface of the dwarf planet.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.