How to visit Mars with a tiny satellite, static electricity and ion thrusters

NSIKAN AKPAN: Have you heard of space Internet? Four thousand small satellites orbiting Earth, beaming down high-speed broadband to the most remote nooks of the planet, reaching billions. SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Boeing, and Airbus are all racing to make space internet a reality. This scheme depends on CubeSats, low-cost, bite-sized satellites that many view as […]

Why NASA’s InSight Mission Can’t Scratch Mars’ Surface

NASA’s InSight spacecraft touched down on Mars on November 26th, 2018, with the goal of studying the interior of our rocky red neighbor. But one year into its two-year mission, one of its major scientific instruments, a heat probe attached to a self-burrowing mechanical mole, isn’t where it’s supposed to be. The probe is designed […]

Space: The Next Trillion Dollar Industry

This video was made possible by Away. Get $20 off your Away suitcase by going to and using the code “wendover” at checkout. And quickly, once you’ve finished this video there are two others to watch, both where I appear on camera for the first time—a behind the scenes video on my brand new […]