Two Small Rocks From Space, Two Giant Lawsuits For Mankind

Forty-five years ago yesterday, on July 20, 1969, Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Neil Armstrong stepped into history. Shortly before 11 p.m. Eastern time, the pair emerged from their landing craft, the Eagle, and became the first men to set foot on the moon. This week, On Remand looks back at that "one giant leap for… » 7/23/14 11:58am 3 minutes ago

Congress Wants To Explore Europa To Seek Out New Life —And New Jobs

Earlier this week, the Planetary Society held a pep rally for Europa, where Bill Nye and climate change-denier House Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) set aside their differences to promote planetary science. And, of course, it doesn't hurt that a Europa expedition could pump millions of dollars into Congressional districts. » 7/18/14 3:16pm Friday 3:16pm

New Lunar Photos Offer a Stunning 3D Flyby Of The Apollo 11 Site

Forty Years after touching down near the Sea of Tranquility, the trails of disturbed regolith created by the Apollo 11 astronauts are still clearly visible in photographs taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Scientists used those and other images to create this amazing virtual model of the landing site. » 7/18/14 2:56pm Friday 2:56pm

Is Our Solar System Unique In The Universe?

How special is our solar system? Is our sun unique? What about the number, arrangement, and composition of our planets – are they weird, or what astronomers expect to see? Is our planetary neighborhood "normal"? Perhaps more importantly, is there even such a thing as "normal," at the scale of the universe? » 7/17/14 3:08pm Thursday 3:08pm

The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Headed for This Giant, Whirling Rubber Ducky

Well this is...unexpected. You know that comet the Rosetta spacecraft is headed towards? Turns out it's a two-fold comet — one that looks like a two-mile-wide rubber ducky tumbling through the depths of space. Landing the probe on this thing is going to be difficult, to say the least. » 7/17/14 2:54pm Thursday 2:54pm

How Brazil Nuts Solved A Mystery About Asteroids

When Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft photographed the asteroid Itokawa in 2005, scientists were puzzled by what they saw: The total volume of boulders strewn about its surface were greater than the volume of the craters they were supposed to have come from. Now physicists have an answer... by studying the movement of nuts. » 7/16/14 1:17pm 7/16/14 1:17pm