Could Asteroid Mining Fuel Deep Space Travel?

If we want to colonize space, we have to figure out how to generate a large supply of life sustaining resources. The most important being water. The good news is, traces of water have been detected throughout our solar system. And asteroids may hold the most accessible abundance of water that we know of. There […]

What Secrets Are Hiding on Jupiter’s Moons?

Jupiter could be considered an independent solar system, only in miniature form. The gas giant has the same basic ingredients as the sun and is surrounded by dozens of geologically diverse moons. Out of the 79 confirmed surrounding Jupiter, four ancient moons have astronomers really excited because they offer up some of the most distinctive […]

An Interstellar Mission Found Something Unexpected at Our Solar System’s Edge

Every 176 years, the four planets in our outer solar system present us with a rare opportunity. They’ll align in such a unique way, that it’s possible to use their gravitational forces to slingshot from one planet to the next. A PhD student figured this out back in 1965 during his summer job at the […]

Could a Dyson Sphere Harness the Full Power of the Sun?

The Sun produces more energy than we can can comprehend. Its core reaches a predicted temperature of 15 million degrees Celsius or roughly the same temperature as an exploding hydrogen bomb. This is the scorching section of the Sun where nuclear fusion occurs. The process releases massive amounts of energy which eventually makes its way […]