Three Mars Things: China, the UAE and the US All Heading There In July

Three Mars Things: China, the UAE and the US All Heading There In July

By the end of July, three countries are sending rockets carrying robots to Mars. For the U.S., its old hat — been there, done that 5 times, but for China and the United Arab Emirates, it’s their maiden voyage.   Why three launches so close together?  Because Mars passes close to the Earth in its orbit, […]

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This week we celebrate the “Renamers” 

This week we celebrate the “Renamers” 

We wanted to call attention to all the people who are taking action to right the wrongs of the past by changing the names of well-known things in recognition of what we must do to be a more just society.  Here are just a few: NASA – for renaming its main office the “Mary W. […]

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Elon Musk’s Big Bets on Space X Launch and EV Batteries

Elon Musk’s Big Bets on Space X Launch and EV Batteries

Elon Musk’s company Space X is behind the latest NASA chapter, in which the Dragon Capsule launched by the Falcon 9 rocket will deliver astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley in style (wearing Tesla emblazoned custom-made Space X pressure suits) to the international space station – liftoff is set for today 4:33 pm ET. 

Why This Matters:  When it comes to the future, for better or worse, we are in Elon Musk’s hands, even as he argues to rapidly re-open the economy.

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One Stunning Space Thing: Hubble Turns 30 With This Iconic Image

One Stunning Space Thing: Hubble Turns 30 With This Iconic Image

The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized modern astronomy by taking scientists and even the space-loving public on an incredible journey of exploration and discovery.  The images it sends us are iconic and have given us an eye into the cosmos. And to think it was sent to space decades before the invention of Instagram!  Thomas […]

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One Far Out Thing: Astronaut Provides Tips on Social Distancing From Space

One Far Out Thing: Astronaut Provides Tips on Social Distancing From Space

The Late Show host Steven Colbert is really going the extra mile to help us improve our social distancing.  To get advice on how to do it well, he sought out an expert — NASA Astronaut Jessica Meir, who has spent the last 200 days on the International Space Station.  She will get to try […]

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The Impact of the Oil Price War On Methane Flaring Is Uncertain

The Impact of the Oil Price War On Methane Flaring Is Uncertain

With oil prices plummeting to 18-year lows, oil and gas companies are scaling back by cutting workers, halting infrastructure investments, and drastically reducing oil and gas production. But will the natural gas industry finally get their outrageous methane leaks under control?

Why This Matters:  Methane is the most potent greenhouse gas in terms of its short term impact.  The Trump Administration made flaring methane even easier.

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