Lab Notes

Developing a NASA mission

0
Imagine spending years coming up with an exciting idea for a space telescope, proposing it to NASA, and getting approval to develop...

Comet ATLAS shrugs

0
In late December 2019, a telescope in Hawaii operated by the Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) discovered a comet on its...

Crowding the night sky

0
I n mid-March, SpaceX launched 60 satellites into orbit 340 miles above the surface of the Earth, part of...

Living with a star

0
Just after Christmas 2019, a NASA spacecraft soared past Venus toward the inner solar system, and near the end of January 2020,...

Voluntary depopulation

0
During the first two weeks of December, delegates from around the world are meeting in Madrid for the latest round of international...

Cheating extinction

0
When a huge space-rock fell from the sky 66 million years ago, it quickly brought an end to the age of the...

Chasing Arctic ice

0
In late September, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg led the largest global climate strike in history, inspiring 7.6 million people in 185...

Experiencing research

0
Imagine if you could test-drive your anticipated career before going through all of the effort and expense of obtaining the necessary education....

Forecasting nature

0
In 1973, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke suggested that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Accurate predictions of the...

Watching stellar heartbeats

0
In 1966, astronomer Olin Wilson started what would become a decades-long pursuit, searching for an answer to a simple question. Wilson knew that observations...

Making the planet great again

0
In his 2001 book Who Owns the Sky, entrepreneur Peter Barnes suggests that any system designed to tax heat-trapping pollution must redistribute the revenue...

Discovering Ultima Thule

0
Four billion miles from the Earth on New Year’s Eve, a spacecraft traveling at 32,000 miles per hour zoomed past a tiny object roughly...