A Swarm of Satellites Will Soon Keep Us Safe From Fires

The GIF above, created by NASA, may leave you wondering why our government is building a planetary shield. Something you’re not telling us, NASA? According to the space agency, NASA’s shield plan has nothing to do with intergalactic threats—it’s protection against a danger on the ground. The space agency wants to… »11/20/15 1:45pm11/20/15 1:45pm

These Are The Doomsday Satellites That Detected The Explosion Of Metrojet 9268

For over 50 years the Pentagon has had early warning satellites in orbit aimed at spotting launches of ballistic missiles, especially the big intercontinental kind that can fly around the globe in less than 30 minutes and bring about nuclear Armageddon. Recently, these satellites have made news for their “secondary… »11/12/15 8:15pm11/12/15 8:15pm

What's the Point of a Fly-By When We Have the Tech to Go Into Orbit?

New Horizons’ fly-by of Pluto and its moons is the latest in a historic string of missions to objects in the solar system. But given that a fly-by lasts for just a short time, how much can we really get out of it? There’s no doubt that the mission will yield a great deal of interesting data, but surely more would be… »7/16/15 4:15am7/16/15 4:15am

A Space Lawyer Explains How We'll Forge a Civil Society Off Earth

Without even looking a century or so ahead when we’ll take a Virgin Galactic flight to spend our summers on Europa, there are many legal issues that are already confronting humanity in space. That’s why space lawyers are plenty busy today examining the particular economic and societal challenges found where Earth ends… »6/20/15 3:00pm6/20/15 3:00pm