Designing an airplane that can fly on Mars! First we put a rover on Mars, then a helicopter (Ingenuity). But what about airplanes? This study describes the design of special wings that will help airplanes fly in the thin Martian atmosphere

Can #airplanes fly on #Mars? Maybe! Find out the perfect wing shape for flying in the thin Martian atmosphere.

How does the human body react to being in space? A study of twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly suggest long duration spaceflight alters genes, body functions, and mental well-being in astronauts.

Is going to space safe for human health? Two astronauts, who were twins, volunteered for a research study to look at how the body changes when it goes into space.
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Mysterious gas found near Milky Way’s center A cold, dense, and high-velocity gas has been detected near the center of our galaxy. Scientists are puzzled by its presence as neither Sagittarius A* is currently active nor a star is under formation.

A mysterious cold gas shooting out of the center of the Milky Way galaxy has left scientists puzzled.

Astronauts suffer permanent brain changes after long flights Long-duration spaceflight was associated with increased brain sizes. These effects lasted up to 1 year into recovery, suggesting permanent alteration.

Space flight is known to cause blurry vision in astronauts. Swelling of the brain tissue may be the reason, according to a study using MRIs.

A peek into stellar childhood: How do stars grow? Researchers used the latest technology to unveil the mystery over star formation. What they found confirmed a 30-year-old theory at the foundations of stellar astronomy that tells us how stars go from small balls of gas to fully grown Suns like ours.

Maybe you didn’t have a stellar childhood, but stars definitely did. (Get it?) Learn about a major research project that investigated one mechanism involved in how stars get bigger.

Dried plums may protect astronaut’s bones from radiation damage In a mouse study, researchers from NASA Ames Research Center have demonstrated that compounds in plums may protect bones from radiation damage.

Dried plums outperformed some medications in a bone health study (in mice) at NASA Ames.

NASA is sending yeast into deep space NASA will generate invaluable data on yeast’s response to deep space radiation by launching the BioSentinel satellite in 2021. Here’s how they’ll do it.

NASA will generate invaluable data on yeast’s response to deep space radiation by launching the BioSentinel satellite in 2021. Here’s how they’ll do it.  It’s an exciting time to be interested in space. We’re in an era of scientific discovery READ MORE

Growing plants on the surface of the Moon and Mars Researchers tested the growth of 10 different common food crops in simulated regolith, a rocky substance lacking organic material found on the surface of Mars and the Moon.

The reality of being able to live and settle on Martian or lunar bases can seem like it is getting close. To do this, we need to be able to grow our own food there. This is a category of READ MORE

How stars can limit life in the universe For the past few decades, scientists have been looking at planets outside of our solar system to see if they could host life. Now, scientists have discovered another factor for habitability: radiation from the planet’s central star.

In 1992, the discovery of planets outside of our solar system, called exoplanets, rocked the astronomy community and forever changed humanity’s search for life outside of Earth. With over four-thousand exoplanets found to date, scientists are challenged with determining which READ MORE

If there was oxygen on a far away planet, how would we know? Scientists use computer models to simulate what oxygen would look like on far away planets and found a chemical signature that helps us tell the difference between oxygen from life and oxygen from other sources.

Scientists use computer models to simulate what oxygen would look like on far away planets and found a chemical signature that helps us tell the difference between oxygen from life and oxygen from other sources.