Lasers Fired At NASA’s Parker Solar Probe

NASA’s new Parker Solar Probe is getting some intense environmental testing. Extreme tests simulate extreme conditions the satellite experiences during launch and beyond. Parker Solar Probe was built at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and will explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere. Recently, lasers were fired at the spacecraft to test its solar panels. These […]

Interstellar Travel: Approaching Light Speed

Is interstellar travel doomed to remain in the realm of science fiction with faster than light travel and infinite improbability drives? Never mind warp speed, is light speed even possible? Technically no Light is massless and travels a little over 1 billion km/h Since spacecraft are not massless you need energy to accelerate as you […]

Could a Planet Ever Collide With Earth?

This is the fictional planet Nibiru which has been predicted to slam into Earth, resulting in the end of the world. The scenario is known to doomsayers as the Nibiru cataclysm. It was allegedly supposed to have occurred several times over the last decade but most recently in April of 2018. Needless to say… it […]

Titan’s Oceans Are Made of Super Cold Methane, and NASA Created Them on Earth!

Scientists are sending a submarine to Saturn’s moon Titan to explore its alien oceans in search for life and to possibly understand how life began on our own planet! Researchers are studying two main oceans on Titan. The Kraken Mare and Ligeia Mare. Both of which were discovered fairly recently by the Cassini space probe. […]

Why with Nye (Ep. 1): Bill Nye and Juno the Solar-Powered Spacecraft

The Juno Spacecraft’s instruments run on electricity. But how do you power it when it’s millions of miles from the Earth? I mean, you can’t very well run an extension cord. The Juno spacecraft is powered by light from the sun. I’m a little spacecraft. Sorry. These three solar rays take light and convert it […]

Why Mars Died, and Earth Lived

The Mars rover, Curiosity, is the latest in a long line of missions to Mars… Landers sent to scoop its soil and study its rocks, orbiters sent to map its valleys and ridges. They are all asking the same question. Did liquid water once flow on this dry and dusty world? Did it support life […]

NASA JUNO: Making Solar Power History Explained

juno is taking solar power farther than it’s ever been as part of NASA’s new frontiers program that explores our solar system juno holds the record for the first solar-powered spacecraft designed to operate at Jupiter systems from the Sun when it arrives at jupiter in July the spacecraft will receive about 25 times less […]

The Van Allen Belts Are Lethal, This Is How Astronauts Fly Through Them

There’s an invisible, magnetic force field surrounding our planet, protecting us from harmful solar wind that could annihilate Earth. But, this protective blanket is also a swirling ring full of deadly radiation. And to leave Earth’s atmosphere, astronauts have to pass through it. The Van Allen belts are rings of energetically charged particles that have […]

The Problem of Power in Space. NASA’s New Kilopower Reactor

Space is the worst. It’s got hostile radiation, a total lack of atmosphere, near absolute zero temperatures, problematic gravity wells, and worse. In order to keep your spacecraft alive in that environment, you need electricity to keep it warm. Not to mention all the power to run scientific instruments and the transmitters to send that […]