Laika: Forget historic tragedy, this first space dog saves alien planets

Trailer for Laika The story of Laika—the first pup launched into space—has been documented everywhere from Ars Technica to Arcade Fire songs. This decidedly tragic tale starts with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev wanting to press his country’s perceived space advantage over the United States after the USSR’s Sputnik had beaten US efforts into the heavens […]

NASA looks to build a robot that can search other planets for bacteria

While NASA’s rovers have looked for signs of life outside of our world, they haven’t searched for life directly. But Melissa Floyd, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, is working on a device that might change that. She wants to build an instrument that could look through soil and rock samples for evidence […]

Scientists have found two planets outside our solar system that could host extra-terrestrial life

NASA Scientists may have just come closer to answering questions about whether other planets in the universe may be able to support life. The researchers used data on the UV levels required to make the molecular structures needed within a functioning cell. The team used this data to search for planets receiving similar UV levels […]

Elon Musk says a new study about aliens gives humans even more reason to colonize other planets

Shayanne Gal/Business Insider Elon Musk says we need to colonize space because we may be the only intelligent civilization. His comments were inspired by a draft study from Oxford University researchers that looks at the Drake equation — a formula that explores the possibility of other intelligent alien life in our galaxy. The research suggests […]

Unlocking Australia’s psyche: Canberra is one of LONELY PLANET’S top cities of 2018

This is the first year that Canberra’s picturesque Manuka Oval will host an international Test cricket match, giving sporting fans the perfect excuse to visit Australia’s federal capital.  Later in 2018, the Australian War Memorial will take centre stage as it hosts the 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice, with a series of […]

Elon Musk pitched Trump on SpaceX’s mission to colonize other planets

AP/Evan Vucci SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sought to pique Donald Trump’s interest in space colonization shortly after he was elected. Musk has previously asserted that mortals need to leave Earth in order to preserve humanity. He was one of several tech titans who courted Trump early on, according to an excerpt from the revealing book, […]

Where did Mars’ water go? Maybe into the planet’s interior

Enlarge (credit: Jon Wade and James Moore) Part of our fascination with cold-and-dry Mars is its warm-and-wet past. What was Mars like when it had liquid water? Did any life swim in it? And where did the water go? The most obvious explanation for that last question is that Mars’ water slowly diffused into outer […]

New discovery pushes star Kepler-90’s menagerie to eight planets

Enlarge / That’s a lot of mouths to feed. (credit: NASA/Wendy Stenzel) If you have an emotional attachment to our Solar System’s distinctions, you may want to look away. We’ve found another star system with eight planets, tying our own mark. Oh, and a Google machine-learning algorithm is responsible for the discovery. This is one […]