SNOPES—Video capturing the explosion of SpaceX’s Falcon-9 rocket during a test fire seems to show an unidentified flying object pass above the rocket just beforehand.
NOW.SPACE—A new study—the result of a competition to design a century-long interstellar mission—has a possible solution to a major barrier to interstellar travel.
NOW.SPACE—Why pick a sparsely populated, heavily rainforested, former French penal colony a hemisphere away as the go-to place to launch European rockets?
DELETE YOUR ORBIT:
Delete Your Orbit is a recurring column on NOW.SPACE that provides well-informed, but alarmingly petty analyses of various objects in our universe—from comets to supermassive black holes—that could use being taken down a peg or two.
Sgr A*, an attention-starved diva that has been a repeated disappointment to fans ever since it was propelled from obscurity into the harsh light of fame back in the 1970s.
Ceres, a failed planet grasping for relevance with seductive but fraudulent suggestions about its true nature, represents nothing more than the discarded hopes and dismantled dreams of scientists—past and present—who have fallen victim to its sleazy lure.
Selected Other Work:
MOTHERBOARD — Kim Jong-il, the late Supreme Leader of the totalitarian Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is said to have been born on the summit of Mount Paektu—a 9000-foot volcano straddling the border between China and North Korea.
BUZZFEED — Last year, Andy Weir was a software engineer who wrote sci-fi in his free time. This week, one of those stories, The Martian, comes to life in Ridley Scott’s latest blockbuster. (Charlotte Gomez/BuzzFeed)
BUZZFEED — In 2003, Derek Green almost made it all the way through NASA’s astronaut selection process. He told BuzzFeed what that experience was like. (Charlotte Gomez/BuzzFeed)
THE SIEVE — The Adirondacks are something of a paradox. Made from some of the oldest rocks on Earth, they are one of the youngest mountain ranges in existence. Pushing their way through the younger rocks of the Appalachians, this jagged, deformed mess of ancient rock, once trapped deep in the crust, has been rising for the past 15-20 million years. And nobody really knows why.
BUZZFEED — Before we reached Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons team asked what they should call its then-undiscovered features. Now that they’re exploring the dwarf planet, BuzzFeed Science can reveal where they want to put those names.
THE SIEVE — The longest conveyor belt in the world runs 61 miles from the hostile interior of Moroccan occupied Western Sahara to the port city of El-Aaiún. Open to gusty desert winds in many places, the belt’s precious white cargo is strewn across the dusty brown desert, marking the Earth so profoundly that this massive machine’s outline can be seen from space.