Life on Mars

by Steven Ruff I consider myself a Martian, at least virtually. I’m actually a Mars geologist, a scientist who applies knowledge of Earth geology to explore Mars geology. But for three months in 2004, I and a few hundred other Earthbound explorers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory got as close to being Martians as humanly …

Space Exploration Facts & Fictions

by Lawrence Dritsas Exploration comprises all kinds of interesting activities and resources, but two are absolutely required: people and money. Every aspect of a successful expedition—relevant technology, supporting institutions, transport logistics, effective methods of observation, and effective communication systems—requires human labor and financial capital. The goals of exploration are equally various, but can be reduced …

Expanding our Solution Space: How can we build an Inclusive Future

by Deji Bryce Olukotun In early 2016, a 14-year-old email scam resurfaced about an astronaut from Nigeria who was lost in space. The premise of the scam, which had been updated for Facebook, was that the astronaut had been left behind on a secret Soviet space station during the Cold War, and his family needed …

What the Starman’s Crazy Journey Stands for

by Ciro Borriello Planet Earth rapidly shrinking behind and unfiltered sunlight beating on the spotless Roadster’s sunshield, as Starman sits back relaxed and ready for the adventure. On Tuesday, Feb. 6th 2018 at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Only the Saturn V moon …

Space 4.0 and the Future of Commercial Spaceflight

by Ciro Borriello Humanity’s past and future are deeply intertwined with exploration. During hard times, the bravest ventures have always pushed the bar of progress a little higher. Consciousness and curiosity have walked hand in hand and the magnetic attraction towards the unknown has guided history and led to those peak achievements of our civilization. …