Nadia Drake, National Geographic

Nadia Drake

National Geographic

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Past articles by nadia:

How did Saturn get its rings?

Scientists don’t agree on when the planet’s iconic rings formed—or even how they came to be. But the theories have one thing in common: violence. → Read More

To practice saving the world, NASA just crashed a spacecraft into an asteroid

The DART spacecraft slammed into a harmless space rock to change its orbit—a tactic that could be used one day to stop a killer asteroid from hitting Earth. → Read More

In a first, NASA Mars lander feels shockwaves from meteor impacts

Though nearing its end, the plucky InSight lander is still doing groundbreaking science—including the first observations of their kind on the red planet. → Read More

These oddball galaxies are missing their dark matter

A pair of dim, puffy galaxies are devoid of this key cosmic ingredient. Now astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope say they may know why. → Read More

A rogue rocket part is about to collide with the moon

It's the first piece of space junk found on a lunar collision course—and astronomers worry the problem will only get worse. → Read More

The world's most powerful space telescope has launched at last

Decades of tension, debate, and determination have led to this moment, as the James Webb Space Telescope begins its million-mile journey into deep space. → Read More

Why alien hunters have spent 60 years finding new solutions for the Drake Equation

Astronomer Frank Drake came up with the famous formula as he prepared for a last-minute meeting in 1961. It still guides the search for intelligent life beyond Earth. → Read More

Planet circling a burned-out star offers a glimpse at the solar system's fate

The Jupiter-size world narrowly avoided destruction as its star ballooned during its death throes—just as our sun is expected to do in about five billion years. → Read More

Hellish Venus poses many mysteries. New spacecraft aim to solve them.

A flurry of upcoming missions may uncover whether the harsh world was once an Earth-like oasis that could have harbored life. → Read More

SpaceX takes 4 passengers to orbit—a glimpse at private spaceflight’s future

The Inspiration4 crew will spend three days circling the planet on a mission that aims to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. → Read More

See how people have imagined life on Mars through history

Scheming invaders. Benevolent vegetarians. Climate refugees. As scientific exploration has advanced, so have creative interpretations of the red planet and its potential residents. → Read More

How to watch NASA and SpaceX launch historic Commercial Crew flight to the ISS

The Demo-2 launch, carrying NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, will lift off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 27. → Read More

Why unreliable tests are flooding the coronavirus conversation

Flawed methods. Faulty materials. Here's how to make sense of the wildly different results from current antibody testing. → Read More

The sun is still a burning mystery. That may be about to change.

The historic launch of the new European Solar Orbiter helps foster a golden age for understanding our nearest star. → Read More

Astronomers just got a deep peek at a black hole

Using a technique akin to echolocation, scientists were able to map the region around a distant black hole’s event horizon in unprecedented detail. → Read More

A giant star is acting strange, and astronomers are buzzing

The red giant Betelgeuse is the dimmest seen in years, prompting some speculation that the star is about to explode. Here's what we know. → Read More

Extreme black hole vindicates Einstein (again)

A detailed look at the supermassive black hole in our galaxy’s core is the latest attempt to push our knowledge of gravity to the limit. → Read More

Found: Oldest known stars in the Milky Way galaxy

“They are as old as the oldest stars in the universe,” astronomers report. → Read More

Alien moon likely seen forming in first-of-its-kind picture

A dusty shroud around a far-off planet may represent the humble beginnings of a brand-new moon. → Read More

Two potentially life-friendly planets found orbiting a nearby star

“We will eventually see if they are actually habitable and, perhaps, even inhabited,” astronomers predict. → Read More