Day: August 16, 2019

NASA’s Next Space Telescope Could Reveal Details About the TRAPPIST-1 Planets, But There’s One Problem

The reflections of two spacecraft technicians are captured in the gold-plated mirrors of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Currently under construction at Northrop Grumman’s Los Angeles facility, JWST is scheduled to launch in 2021. According to one new study, Webb could help scientists to detect and study atmospheres in the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. (Image:…

Asteroid alert: Mile-high tsunami could destroy planet

A ten mile asteroid came crashing into what is now Mexico 66 million years, almost obliterating life on Earth. But the aftermath of the collision was almost as severe as the initial impact, according to research – and with another massive space rock heading in Earth’s direction, the study should serve as a stark warning.…

NASA to Seek Review of International Space Station As National Laboratory

NASA astronaut Christina Koch monitors a space-station experiment called Capillary Structures. (Image: © NASA) NASA has ordered a review of the nonprofit organization that oversees the U.S. laboratory on the International Space Station to evaluate its commercial strengths and weaknesses.That organization, called the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and sometimes known…

How carbon-unfriendly is the act of flying?

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, with a focus on Greta Thunberg, whom I admire but I wish she would endorse nuclear power and other practical possible solutions to climate change problems.  At this point, I don’t think the returns to “simple moralizing” are that high, and they may be a substitute…