German Entry in Google Lunar X Prize Plans Visit to Apollo 17 Landing Site

December 1, 2016 – The competition among 16 remaining teams for the Google Lunar X Prize continues to heat up with one entry, a multi-country German-based  Part-Time Scientists ... Continue Reading →

The EmDrive: What Physics Says is Impossible

November 30, 2016 – A paper appearing in the Journal of Propulsion and Power, entitled “Measurement of Impulsive Thrust from a Closed Radio-Frequency Cavity in Vacuum,”  ... Continue Reading →

Even in the 21st Century Engineers Get it Wrong

November 28, 2016 – Two news items in the past few weeks have prompted me to write this piece about 21st century engineering. The first story concerns the ExoMars mission to place ... Continue Reading →

The Latest and Greatest in the 3D Printing World

November 26, 2016 – Additive manufacturing or 3D printing is finding all kinds of new applications and materials as it moves from being a marginal player to the centre piece in ... Continue Reading →
Scalloped depressions on the surface of Utopia Planitia hint of the presence of underground ice. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech?University of Arizona

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Discovers Lake Superior Sized Buried Ice Mass on Mars

November 25, 2016 – The biggest freshwater lake in the world is Lake Superior. Its surface area is 82,100 square kilometers (31,700 square miles). That’s larger in area ... Continue Reading →

The Mars Rover Spirit May Have Traveled Over a Hydrothermal Vent and Discovered Evidence of Past Life

November 24, 2016 – Published on November 17, 2016, in Nature Communications, researchers describe features in Gusev Crater on Mars that have a remarkable resemblance to hot spring ... Continue Reading →

Next Generation Weather Satellite Joins International Effort to Study Earth’s Climate Remotely

November 20, 2016 – Yesterday the United States launched a weather satellite that was long overdue. Weather satellites are the eyes the world needs to track what is going on in ... Continue Reading →
Photo credit: Oddur Sigurðsson/Icelandic Meteorological Office

Another Martian Surface Discovery with Possible Habitability Features

November 12, 2016 – A surface depression on Mars has University of Texas researchers hypothesizing about the potential to find life on the Red Planet. Believed to have been formed ... Continue Reading →

Studying Weathering Processes Leads to Conclusion Current Mars Surface Uninhabitable

November 12, 2016 – In a study appearing in Nature Communications, entitled Amazonian chemical weathering rate derived from stony meteorite finds at Meridiani Planum on Mars, ... Continue Reading →

Post Pluto Space News – What We Now Know About the Dwarf Planet

November 3, 2016 – The download from New Horizons is complete. Does that mean we now know everything we can about Pluto? Not really. Just this week a re-examination of Voyager ... Continue Reading →