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NASA’s Artemis: It’s time to walk on the Moon again

Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you heard? We’re going back to the Moon! In July, Congress passed the CHIPS Act, a law to incentivize the manufacture of computer chips in the United States. Tucked into that mega-bill was an official authorization for NASA’s next-generation Moon program, which the agency calls Artemis. What’s more, this isn’t a far-future, decades-away pipe […]

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Anybody out there? Why our search for extraterrestrials is nearly pointless

Reading Time: 6 minutes “Where is everybody?” Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi, reportedly once threw out this seemingly offhand question to colleagues during a lunch hour in 1950. But there was nothing offhand about it; the question is one of humanity’s most burning, ageless questions. “[Fermi] wondered, given that our planet was relatively young compared to the universe, we might […]

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For all of humanity’s failings, we’ve never stopped wondering about the stars

Reading Time: 8 minutes It was an atypically dry English spring when a man in Bath scanned the skies with a 7-inch reflecting telescope he’d designed and built by hand, through painstaking refinements to Isaac Newton’s principles of optics. William Herschel was studying stellar parallax, the phenomenon that makes a nearby star look like it has moved in relation […]