Jupiter may have just saved Earth from a devastating impact event

Something just went down on Jupiter. Monday morning, at 11:35:30 UT, amateur astronomers glimpsed a brief but blazing flash of light in the upper reaches of the planet's cloudy atmosphere. If past observations are any indication, Jupiter may have just sustained a major impact event. If that's the case, the gas giant… » 9/11/12 8:20am 9/11/12 8:20am

NASA Explores How Spaceflight Changes Our Culture

The US Space Program is in peril. As the government deals with its spiraling economic crisis, many are questioning the value of space exploration, and the new administration may consider scaling back NASA’s Ares and Orion programs. But a recent report from NASA reminds us that the Space Program has had a profound… » 12/03/08 8:30am 12/03/08 8:30am

Further Proof That Life May Have Originated In Space

We usually think of asteroid impacts as harbingers of mass extinction » 8/14/08 8:00am 8/14/08 8:00am, but they might be the reason life exists on our planet at all. It's possible for bacteria to hitch rides on rocks ejected by space impacts and move from planet to planet. We know that certain Earth bacteria are capable of surviving the hostile…