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Most people date the modern Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) to Frank Drake's Project Ozma, conducted in 1960 using the giant dish at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia.Today through Wednesday, at an NRAO workshop, SETI-ologists will review where th...
September 13, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
The camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, currently about to begin its second year of mapping the Moon, continues to reveal new and fascinating details of the geology of the Moon. A recent featured image at the LROC web site shows what appears to be a “natural bridge” on th...
September 11, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
We’ve been to the moon. Mars is easy. But landing on Venus? That’s tough.
September 2010 | By Sam Kean
September 2010 | By Paul Hoversten
Microgravity's mysterious side effect: Stuff disappears
September 2010 | By Tom Jones
Nick Pope, formerly with the UK's Ministry of Defence, warns that space aliens will be drawn to the Olympic's Closing Ceremonies. Read more about the UK's UFO program—which ran from 1959 to 2009—here.
September 2010 | By Craig Mellow
What changes the speed of spacecraft flying by Earth?
September 2010 | By Sam Kean
In researching a reader's letter about "Department of Flying Saucers" in the Sept. 2010 issue, I came across a report on the Web site, UFO Casebook, which claimed that General Omar Bradley had been flown overseas to view alien beings retrieved from a UFO crash site in the Arctic Circle. The report ...
August 31, 2010 | By Pat Trenner
Of all the possible destinations in space, the Moon offers the proximity, accessibility, and materials necessary to learn how to use what we find in space to create new capabilities. Harvesting the resources of the Moon will allow us to make what we need in space, rather than carrying it with us f...
August 24, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
Back in the 1970’s Paleolithic age of lunar studies, scientists were busy using images of the Moon in an attempt to understand lunar processes and history. In the rugged ancient cratered uplands of the Moon, they saw something curious. Many small scarps dotted the highlands and were visible in o...
August 19, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
Here's Stephen Hawking, commenting on humanity’s future:
...Our genetic code still carries the selfish and aggressive instincts that were of survival advantage in the past. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million. Our only c...
August 11, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
The never-ending saga of water on the Moon continues apace. In the latest revelation, it is now claimed that the Moon is indeed “dry” after all and never had much water (this new finding is only in regard to endogenous lunar water contained inside the Moon, not to water that has been or is being ...
August 07, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
What goes up, must come down. In the Delta Clipper's case, really hard.
August 2010 | By Preston Lerner
Satellites, experiments, space station parts - the space shuttle hauled it all.
August 2010 | By Paul Hoversten
The veteran astronaut is the only person to fly on all five space shuttle orbiters.
August 2010 | By Diane Tedeschi
The Curiosity rover, scheduled for launch to Mars next year, took its first test drive last week.
July 30, 2010 | By Tony Reichhardt
By abandoning the Moon, the administration’s proposed space policy has left the space community with a huge question mark over the important issue of learning how to harvest and use space resources. Clearly if we don’t go to the Moon with people or machines, there is no way to use the abundant wat...
July 23, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
The picture may have been grainy, but it was some of the most riveting TV of the 1960s.
July 19, 2010 | By Mary McKillop
During a recent interview on Al Jazeera television, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden outlined NASA’s new priorities. His remarks became headlines as the previously ignored story about the redirection of the space agency toward international diplomatic outreach and global climate change research f...
July 10, 2010 | By Paul D. Spudis
"It was 58 years ago today that the Roswell incident occurred," said Roger Launius, a National Air and Space Museum Space History curator who could also be considered NASM's chief skeptic. (An earlier talk of his concerned people who refuse to believe the Apollo program landed men on the moon.) Hi...
July 07, 2010 | By Pat Trenner