Day: September 22, 2019

Here’s a way to up your knowledge of space travel, astronauts, rockets — and even the history of NASA’s logo.

The Messier 106, an intermediate spiral galaxy in the Canes Venatici constellation, is 23.7 million light-years from Earth. This image was made by the Hubble Space Telescope with additional information captured by amateur, ground-based astronomers. (R. Gendler/STScI/AURA/AP) Ready to escape? Time travel and teleportation aren’t options (yet). Meanwhile, reading is probably your best option —…

How Did Galaxies Like Ours Come To Be?

On a clear night, when the conditions are just right and there’s not a lot of light to obscure the view, the starry sky is a breathtaking sight. If you live in a rural area, or are just taking a break from city-living, you’ll be able to see a sky that is plump full of…

Space Photos of the Week: Cassini’s Sojourn Around Saturn

Launched in 1997, NASA’s Cassini mission was designed to orbit Saturn, studying the planet’s rings, icy moons, and general composition. During its 13 years of circling, it also discovered bizarre storms at the planet’s north pole, mini-moons orbiting between the rings, and plumes of water ice spewing from its moon Enceladus. Oh, and its largest…

Venus Could Have Supported Life for Billions of Years

In 1978, NASA’s Pioneer Venus (aka. Pioneer 12) mission reached Venus (“Earth’s Sister”) and found indications that Venus may have once had oceans on its surface. Since then, several missions have been sent to Venus and gathered data on its surface and atmosphere. From this, a picture has emerged of how Venus made the transition…