FROM Ian O'Neill
Elon Musk's plan to make people an interplanetary species Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk says humanity has only one alternative to inevitable extinction here on Earth: the colonization of outer space and other planets. He says we can get to Mars in less than 10 years. Elon Musk is a well-known entrepreneur whose projects include electric cars and reusable space rockets. Yesterday, at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, he told an audience that human species has only two alternatives. The first is inevitable extinction by one means or another here on Earth. Astrophysicist Ian O’Neill, senior producer for space at Discovery News , expounds on the other alternative.
In Scientific Milestone, Einstein's Gravitational Waves The world of astronomy is celebrating a discovery most of the rest of us will have trouble understanding. But it's said to provide a whole new way of looking at the universe -- and even listening to it. Image: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory ( LIGO ) One astronomer says, "the skies will never be the same" after today's announcement that science has finally detected the gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einstein 100 years ago. We hear more from astrophysicist Ian O'Neill, a Space Science Producer for Discovery News , and Nickie Twilley, a contributing writer for the New Yorker and co-host of Gastropod, a podcast about food.
Liquid Water Discovered on Mars Not all the water on Mars was frozen in polar icecaps billions of years ago. Photographs taken from NASA's Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal that there is liquid water, even today, on the surface of the Red Planet. That's according to a paper published today in the journal Nature Geoscience — and the finding is re-igniting an age-old question: is Mars home to some form of life? Ian O'Neill is an astrophysicist and space science producer for Discovery News .
Virgin Galactic Flight Crashes One pilot has died and another is seriously injured after Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket encountered a problem during a test flight and crashed in the Mojave Desert east of Los Angeles. Ian O'Neill is an astrophysicist and space science producer for Discovery News.
India Launches Its First Mission to Mars After what's called a "textbook launch" watched by millions on TV, another rocket is on its way to the planet Mars. If it reaches the target, India will have joined the US, Russia and Europe in the exploration of Mars. Astrophysicist Ian O'Neill is Space Science Producer for Discovery News .
Rare Mars Meteorite Sheds Light on Planet's History There are only a hundred or so Martian meteorites on earth and scientists have found one that's unlike anything they've seen before. Its official name is NWA 7034, but scientists have nicknamed it Black Beauty. The baseball-sized meteorite, found in the Saharan desert in 2011, has turned out to be one of the biggest finds ever from the Red Planet, opening a whole new window on Mars. Astrophysicist Ian O'Neill is a space science producer at Discovery News .
'Curiosity' Lands Safely on the Red Planet After Curiosity landed last night, it took 14 minutes for the message to arrive in the control room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. The room erupted in cheers and elation. Allen Chen is flight dynamics and operations lead for the Curiosity descent and landing team at JPL . Astrophysicist Ian O'Neill is space science producer for Discovery News .
'Curiosity' Lands Safely on the Red Planet NASA's rover Curiosity survived " seven minutes of terror " last night to begin one of the most ambitious missions to another planet in human history. After Curiosity landed last night, it took 14 minutes for the message to arrive in the control room at the JPL in Pasadena, where it was greeted with cheers and elation. Allen Chen is flight dynamics and operations lead for the Curiosity descent and landing team at Jet Propulsion Laboratory . Astrophysicist Ian O'Neill is space science producer for Discovery News .
The Mars Mission: Made in LA At 10:31 Sunday evening, Pacific Standard Time, the Mars Laboratory called " Curiosity " will land on the Red Planet, after decelerating from 13,000 miles an hour in just seven minutes. We hear about some of the reasons for nail-biting at the Jet Propulsion Lab and Cal Tech in Pasadena.
SpaceX Dragon Capsule on Its Way to the Space Station From Cape Canaveral, Space X has launched a capsule that's operating under its own power. Can it make history by completing a rendezvous with the International Space Station? Astrophysicist Ian O'Neill is Space Science Producer for Discovery News .
Private Enterprise in Low Earth Orbit PayPal billionaire Elon Musk admits, "There's a lot that can go wrong." But his Dragon space capsule could be the first private mission to reach the International Space Station as soon as next week. Launch is scheduled for Saturday from the Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral.
Quantity of Space Junk Reaches 'Tipping Point' In 2009, two satellites — one left over from the Soviet era and another important to current communications — crashed into each other. The result was 1700 pieces of space debris big enough to track from the Earth, so much that NASA is studying cosmic nets, magnets and giant umbrellas to protect satellites and allow for new travel in space. What will it take to retain control of that environment? Ian O'Neill is space science producer for Discovery News .
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?