space exploration


Warp outta here

HOUSTON — A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television’s Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, scientists say. A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself…


Your name (and mine) on Mars

My name is somewhere on that chip on Mars as well. Per capita we’re doing well from the Netherlands. Most interesting in the stats is the high number of Iranians putting their names on a…



Nescape Now?

For years, advocates of commercial spaceflight have been eagerly awaiting what is often called the “Netscape moment” for the industry. It’s a reference to the August 1995 initial public offering (IPO) of stock in Netscape,…


Believe it

Before the launch this weekend of three human beings into the ether of space around the Earth, before they boarded their Soyuz spacecraft, and before the rockets were fired, precautions were taken. Not the humdrum…


A daring drop

A sophisticated rover means a big, heavy rover. Curiosity is the size of a Mini Cooper and weighs about one metric ton. The capsule that carries it through interplanetary space is larger than the one…