Future in Space Hangout

Join us as we meet with members of the American Astronomical Society and the American Astronautical Society to discuss the future of humanity's efforts in space and science.

Living Earths: The Astronomical Answer to “Are We Alone?"

20th Aug, 2016 - 6413 views

NASA has begun four concept studies of major space observatories that could launch sometime in the coming couple decades. In this fourth in our series on these studies, we discuss the Habitable Exoplanet (HabEx) concept. HabEx is a design for a high

Ripples In Space: Gravitational Waves in Our Future

18th Jun, 2016 - 5703 views

After decades of effort, the era of gravitational wave astronomy is finally here. Ground-based instruments like LIGO have opened up humanity's ears to the ripples of spacetime. But the LIGO results represent just one slice of the gravitational wave

The Mesmerizing Universe: X-Ray Vision for the Stars

21st May, 2016 - 4993 views

NASA has begun a series of studies of four concepts that will in a few years’ time produce candidate designs for a major space observatory to begin construction later next decade. One of these is the X-Ray Surveyor. The X-Ray Surveyor mission will p

How Cool Is That? Exploring the Low-Temperature Universe

16th Apr, 2016 - 4897 views

Although cataclysmic explosions and the fiery furnaces of massive stars are attention-grabbers, many of the most critically important events and physical processes in astronomy take place in the coolest objects in the cosmos: regions wherein stars an

Science Projects on the ISS: NICER & CATS

18th Mar, 2016 - 2527 views

Have you ever wondered how science missions are selected for operation on the International Space Station? What are the technical challenges for building projects that will be operated onboard and why is the ISS important for their success? Join Ton