SPACE

SPACEX AIMS TO LAUNCH THE FALCON 9 AGAIN THIS SUNDAY

SpaceX is ready to resume launching again, a little more than four months following the September 1 explosion that destroyed a Falcon 9 rocket, its payload, and the launch pad it was sitting on. The company identified the cause of the explosion, has a short-term fix in place, and is targeting January 8 for its return to flight

ASTRONAUTS COULD LIVE INSIDE ICE DOMES ON MARS

When you built a snow fort as a kid, you were unwittingly protecting yourself against more than ice monsters. You were building a radiation shield. On Earth, that doesn’t matter so much, but on Mars? It’s life or death.

HERE'S A TINY SLICE OF THE LARGEST-EVER 3D MAP OF THE COSMOS

Each of the nearly 50,000 dots on this map swatch represents a galaxy. That sounds like a lot, but it’s only about 3 percent of the 1.2 million galaxies that the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) recently mapped

JUST HOW FAR AWAY ARE THE EXOPLANETS WE'VE FOUND?

The galaxy brims with billions of planets, but whoa—they’re so far away! Unfortunately for would-be star trekkers, even the closest would take hundreds of lifetimes to reach with current technology.