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We Visited the Europa Clipper Spacecraft at JPL

Supercluster Chief Robin Seemangal visits the legendary Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California for the first time to see the Europa Clipper spacecraft, the largest interplanetary spacecraft ever built by NASA.

April 16, 2024

In Photos: The Great American Total Solar Eclipse

In the days that lead up to the total solar eclipse, the threat of clouds loomed for excited onlookers along the path of sold out hotel rooms and Airbnbs through the heart of America. After much consideration, Erik Kuna’s ultimate choice of location proved fruitful for capturing the rare celestial event.

April 9, 2024

Space Experiment Provides Insights for Developing Cancer Drugs

The quest for a cure for pancreatic, lung, and colon cancer has led to space. In December 2018 researchers sent several cancer-causing proteins to the International Space Station. Their research made progress in developing a drug to prevent cancer growth.

April 2, 2024

Local Astronomy Club Keeps History Alive in French Guiana

On Monday mornings, the voices of Guyane Astronomie can be heard by anyone tuned to Radio Péyi, a local station in French Guiana. Every week, the devoted group of astronomers and star lovers broadcast a fictional transmission from an imagined future in which “Guyanautes” recount stories of their home country.

March 26, 2024

Third Flight Test Sets the Stage for Starship's Ambitious Future

The flight marked a few new milestones in Starship's development. Its Raptor engines demonstrated full-duration engine burn to orbit, the Super Heavy booster performed a boost-back burn and demonstrated re-ignition of Raptor engines in-flight, SpaceX operated Starship's payload bay, and for NASA's Artemis missions, Starship demonstrated the transfer of propellant in orbit.

March 19, 2024

The Oxygen Bottleneck: Technological Alien Worlds Need Fire

Without the ability to forge metal to build radio antennas, to provide the combustion necessary to launch rockets, or the means of generating energy from burning fossil fuels and developing technology to fire lasers into the sky, any aliens on an oxygen-poor planet would be largely undetectable. There could be countless planets out there with life, even intelligent life, but lacking the oxygen to start fires.

March 5, 2024