Category: Spaceflight

  • Methuselah: The oldest star in the universe

    In 2000, scientists looked to date what they thought was the oldest star in the universe. They made observations via the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Hipparcos satellite and estimated that HD140283 — or Methuselah as it’s commonly known — was a staggering 16 billion years old.Such a figure was rather baffling. After all, the age […]

  • Everything we know about The Mandalorian season 3

    The Mandalorian season 3 is supposed to release this year, but with no trailer and little information about the future of the adventures of Grogu and Mando, we thought we’d break down everything we know about The Mandalorian’s latest adventures. The last episode of The Mandalorian was absolute Star Wars heaven for fans. The hype surrounding […]

  • China wants its new rocket for astronaut launches to be reusable

    China is planning for its next-generation crew launch vehicle for missions to its space station and the moon to have a reusable first stage.The new rocket would allow a reusable launch option for sending astronauts or cargo to China’s new Tiangong space station, while a larger version would allow China to send crew on lunar […]

  • 5 money-saving tips for buying a telescope

    As we all feel the squeeze of rising living costs and as budgets get ever tighter it might seem like buying a telescope is out of the question. Fortunately, with a little forethought we can shop smarter and experience the wonders of the night sky for less than you might think. Here are five tips to […]

  • Curiosity rover snaps close-up of tiny ‘mineral flower’ on Mars

    A photo of the “mineral flower”  alongside other diagenetic features on the surface of Mars captured by NASA’s Curiosity rover on Feb. 25. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)NASA’s Curiosity rover recently got up close and personal with a tiny, flower-like mineral deposit on the surface of Mars. The beautiful branching rock, which is just 0.4 inch (1 […]

  • James Webb Space Telescope will study super-bright quasars to understand early universe

    Some of the James Webb Space Telescope’s first science investigations will probe the role that bright objects called quasars played in early galaxy evolution.Quasars are distant objects powered by black holes typically a billion times as massive as our sun. They emit energies that can climb to trillions of electron volts, exceeding the total output […]

  • How do viruses affect astronauts in space? Here’s what we know so far.

    About 15 hours into the Apollo 7 mission, Cmdr. Walter Schirra Jr. came down with a head cold, and before long, all three mission astronauts were sick. Mucus collected in their heads without any gravity to weigh it down, which made the astronauts extremely uncomfortable. They even refused to wear their helmets during landing. The astronauts […]

  • On This Day in Space! March 7, 1962: NASA launches Orbiting Solar Observatory

    On March 7, 1962, NASA launched the first Orbiting Solar Observatory. Eight of these satellites were launched between 1962 and 1975 to study the 11-year solar cycle. Each of the satellites had two main parts called the “wheel” and the “sail.”  y NASA’s first Orbiting Solar Observatory spacecraft launched on March 7, 1962 to study […]

  • The curse and silver lining of Martian dust storms – Commander’s report: sol 10

    Dr. Michaela Musilova is the director of Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program, which conducts analog missions to the moon and Mars for scientific research at a habitat on the volcano Mauna Loa. Currently, she is in command of the two-week Valoria 3 martian mission and contributed this report to’s Expert Voices: […]