Meghan Bartels,

Meghan Bartels

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Meghan:

LightSail 2 captures stunning photos of Earth from space

LightSail 2 has been orbiting Earth for eight months now, and it has captured some stunning shots of our home planet during that time. → Read More

Meet the unknown female mathematician whose calculations helped discover Pluto

Astronomers are rediscovering how calculations made by the 'human computer' Elizabeth Williams contributed to the first observations of Pluto 90 years ago. → Read More

Satellite megaconstellations prompt new warning from astronomy group about impact on science

The International Astronomical Union has issued another statement expressing concern at the way megaconstellations like SpaceX's Starlink will affect astronomy. → Read More

Scientists just watched a newfound asteroid zoom by Earth. Then they saw its moon.

Scientists took a second look at a recently discovered asteroid and realized it was in fact two space rocks orbiting together. → Read More

NASA's iconic 'Pale Blue Dot' photo of Earth from space just got a 21st-century upgrade

NASA has digitally dusted off the Voyager mission's iconic 'Pale Blue Dot' image to celebrate the photograph's 30th anniversary. → Read More

Trump calls for $25 billion NASA budget for 2021 to boost moon and Mars goals

President Donald Trump wants NASA's budget to $25 billion for the fiscal year beginning in October, an increase of 12% over the current year's funding. → Read More

Our sun will never look the same again thanks to two solar probes and one giant telescope

With three cutting-edge solar missions coming online in within two years, scientists who study the sun are ready to crack some of the secrets of our star. → Read More

'Planetary simulator' could help identify habitable alien worlds

NASA's scientists are applying climate models developed on Earth to understand what other worlds might be able to host life. → Read More

Northrop Grumman aborts Cygnus cargo launch to space station

The launch was delayed due to off-nominal data from ground-support equipment. → Read More

Sun science rises with new trove of Parker Solar Probe studies

A scientific journal just published nearly 50 new papers based on data from NASA's sun-grazing Parker Solar Probe. → Read More

In photos: NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth after record-breaking spaceflight

NASA astronaut Christina Koch exits the Soyuz capsule on Feb. 6, 2020, after returning to Earth from her record-breaking spaceflight. → Read More

This picture is from Mars. It's probably not what you think.

Scientists are looking for meteors on Mars, but the going is tough. → Read More

NASA's Parker Solar Probe spotted 'stealth' outburst on the sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe mission spotted a 'stealth' coronal mass ejection in November 2018. → Read More

NASA's exoplanet-hunting TESS space telescope moonlights in studying stars

NASA's TESS mission was designed to identify exoplanets, but that's no reason not to use its data to better understand stars as well. → Read More

A balloon-lofted camera built to hunt alien worlds aces first flight

A team of scientists is trying to photograph solar systems from a massive balloon, and the first flight went smoothly. → Read More

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is no more. Here's what's next for infrared astronomy.

NASA has turned off its Spitzer Space Telescope, and now scientists have to wait for new instruments to take over infrared observations of the universe. → Read More

Voyager 2 just missed a spin in interstellar space. But it should be fine, NASA says.

NASA's venerable Voyager 2 spacecraft is recovering from a glitch, but engineers are confident that the probe will be back to normal science operations soon, the agency said. → Read More

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope may miss March 2021 launch, GAO report says

A government report announced that NASA's James Webb Space Telescope team gives the project just a 12% chance of launching in March 2021. → Read More

NASA spacecraft breaks its own record with another swing by the sun

NASA's Parker Solar Probe took one step closer to the sun Wednesday (Jan. 29) when it executed its fourth flyby of our star. → Read More

Pluto and Titan are surprisingly hazy, but scientists are fuzzy on exactly why

NASA's New Horizons mission turned Pluto from a fuzzy blob into a detailed, geophysically complex world. But it's still a little fuzzy, as it turns out. → Read More