Trump’s NASA Pick Used His Nonprofit to Benefit Himself
MARS OR BUST
2017 Was Garbage, But It Showed Us We Can Escape to Mars
From newborn earthworms to poop removal technology, the year laid the groundwork for the future space travelers among us.
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE
Ex-Pentagon Analyst: UFOs Still ‘Defy Explanation’
The former military intelligence operative quit the Pentagon but will continue to work on identifying UFOs that are still baffling scientists.
The Next Frontier
For the First Time, Astronomers Use AI to Find New Planets
They’re not habitable, but the dual discoveries change how we’re going to hunt for the next Earth.
Spot the Difference
A NASA Algorithm Can Save Endangered Whale Sharks
Constellations of spots on these school bus-sized animals were hard to track, until now.
How NASA’s Search for Aliens Helped Detect Breast Cancer
The agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory can find the tiniest microorganisms—something that turned out handy for breast-cancer researchers.
Supermoon 2017: Why It’s a Big Deal
On Sunday, a rare synergy will bring a brilliant spectacle of a giant full moon.
Outta This World
The Best of NASA’s Planet Porn
Need some space? NASA’s got you.