NASA Plans Two Missions to Venus

As news, images and sound from many missions to Mars continue to appear, NASA has announced two missions to Venus for the first time in over three decades. With launches planned for 2028 to 2030, the space agency’s goals are in essence to “rediscover” the planet, which “scientists believe could have been the first habitable planet in the solar system.” The deep space endeavors will …

NASA Research Suggests Possible Life on Saturn’s Moon

NASA has found large amounts of methane wafting within plumes from Saturn’s sixth-largest moon, Enceladus, suggesting that life may exist within its “subsurface sea.” This evidence was discovered thanks to the Cassini spacecraft, which also discovered dihydrogen and carbon dioxide molecules there. Scientists believe the methane is produced biologically, rather than through a geochemical process. Thus, Régis Ferrière, an associate professor at the University of Arizona’s …

NASA Astrobiologist Reverend Pamela Conrad on Human Nature, Spirituality + Science

Pamela Conrad may seem like an anomaly; she’s a NASA scientist (an astrobiologist and mineralogist working on the Perseverance mission) as well as a reverend. In a fascinating interview with Wired, Conrad explains how she personally navigates spirituality and science—with a deep understanding of human nature. In both her jobs, she is tasked with finding answers (Is there life on Mars? What is the meaning …