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Sending Astronauts to Venus

Crazy as it might seem, it’s a logical and thrilling prospect.

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Crash as Trash

When should we start thinking about cleaning up our space junk on Mars?

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Searching for Intelligence on Earth

Space exploration can serve as an antidote to war. And vice versa.

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Grave Expectations

We can try to devise rules for how detecting alien life should unfold, but E.T. might not play along.

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Interstellar Stowaways

Could microorganisms travel between the stars?

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Many Happy Returns

Venus’s eight-year cycle has the author dreaming of 2029.

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Life Beyond Earth?

By century’s end, the author thinks we’ll have an answer to this question. But what kind of answer?

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Spacecraft and Space Missions

Mariner 9: The Martian Semicentennial

A half century ago, Mariner 9 — our first orbiter at another planet — showed us the real Mars.

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The Prime of Their Lives

The strange cycles of cicadas offer timely insight into the search for ET.

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Eavesdropping on Mars

The most compelling audio the Perseverance rover will record might well be the sounds it generates itself.

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The Cosmic Conjunction

When the world’s got you down, look up and tune into orbital time.

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Adiós, Arecibo

On the painful loss of an iconic Space Age observatory.

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Venus Surprise

Will phosphine be the “Mars rock” of our sister planet?

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My Virtual Comet Sighting

There’s nothing like being there, but these days we can all find a pretty good view.

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Not From Around Here

NASA’s rovers have found meteorites on Mars that came from elsewhere. What secrets do they hold about Martian history and climate?

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Venus Is Dead. Long Live Venus.

In which I attempt a contrarian argument against my own contrarian argument.

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Mars Coughs Up Another Mystery

What’s behind the strangely fluctuating levels of oxygen on the Red Planet?

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Mission to an Interstellar Object

It’s time to visit a body from another star system — without leaving ours.

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A Fitting Apollo Monument

Fifty years after the fact, the National Mall hosts a spectacular, and deeply moving, celebration.

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Sea Change on Venus

Tidal drag from a putative ocean might have helped cool our sister planet for billions of years.

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