“Happy Hour” Comet Spreading Alcohol, Sugar Across Space

News from the interstellar imbibing file: astronomers have found booze and sugar left in the wake of Comet Lovejoy. Formally called C/2014 Q2, but now given the nickname Happy Hour, the comet passed closest to the sun on January 30, 2015, when it was releasing water at the rate of 20 tons per second. Researchers identified 21 different organic … [ Read more]

NASA reveals answer to “Mars Mystery”

NASA announced today that it solved one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the planet Mars. For years, researchers suspected that water once flowed on the Red Planet, but new findings from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars. “Our quest on Mars has been to ‘follow … [ Read more]

Beer in Space — Thanks to an Ambitious Colorado 6th Grader

By Joseph Alton, @JoeAlton Michal Bodzianowski may be too young to enjoy a pint of beer, but he’s old enough to understand its contribution to science. The eleven-year-old sees beer  as “an important factor in future civilization as an emergency backup hydration and medical source” for astronauts who may need antiseptics and an alternative source of potable water. Now … [ Read more]