Earthlike exoplanets seem almost certain to exist somewhere in the galaxy, and delivering a photograph of one might be astronomy’s most amazing achievement. Technologists are trying to make that possible, and maybe sooner than you think. Read it
by Adam Hadhazy
Carrier Drone Debate
The Navy has decided that its first full-sized carrier-based unmanned aircraft will be a refueling drone with some intelligence capabilities, rather than an unmanned equivalent of an F/A-18. For some, it’s a big letdown, and possibly a dangerous one.
by Keith Button
Getting humans to the moon or Mars will almost certainly need to be an international endeavor like the construction and on-orbit assembly of the International Space Station. Read it
by John Cook
Freedom from Russian engines
How the U.S. military and intelligence communities became dependent on rocket engines from a geostrategic foe and how to avoid a repeat.
by James Knauf