Space exploration comes with many risks, including cross contamination between worlds. NASA has historically followed planetary protection protocols to prevent Earth bugs from getting to other planets, or vice versa. But ever-increasing commercial space activity is starting to put strain on the current system.
The discovery of TRAPPIST’s Earth-like planets is a remarkable achievement for the scientific community. But in a way, the real work begins now and may last for generations, if not for centuries.
Staying overnight at Owens Valley Radio Observatory in California provides a unique opportunity for unprecedented stargazing and fun.
After a decade of preparatory missions to the moon, China is crackling its knuckles before its newest probe visits our sidekick’s mysterious, ice-laden poles.