The November 10 launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station carried the 600th person to reach outer space over the 60-year history of human spaceflight, since Yuri Gagarin’s historic ascent in 1961. And the ‘Rocket Man’ himself, actor William Shatner, became the oldest person in
Although the first known interstellar object to pass through our Solar System has long since passed beyond our reach, the Harvard astrophysicist that first proposed that ʻOumuamua might have been an artificial object built by an extraterrestrial civilization has expanded on the concept. In an interview with Salon magazine about his new
A recent analysis of the fossils of ancient microorganisms from deep within Earth’s past have unveiled the presence of a surprising amount of biodiversity that flourished roughly 3.4 billion years ago, when the Earth was still a very young planet. The variety of metabolic processes that these early microorganisms used suggests that they needed time to evolve the diversity that the researchers discovered, meaning that life on Earth had to have started much, much earlier. And if life on Earth took hold that quickly in its history, what would prevent the multitude of other planets we’re discovering across the universe from forming their own lifeforms?