Ian O'Neill


Discovering 'Earth 2.0'

Interstellar exploration may sound like science fiction, but what if we find a second Earth orbiting a nearby star?


Curiosity's first year on Mars: Pebbles and other profound things

What the Curiosity rover has told us about Mars and it's Earth-like past.


Crash and burn: why are so many Russian rockets failing?

Systemic issues with Russia's space program have left sizable challenges for the security and safety of its rockets.


Mars One: Right target, wrong plan

Although settling humans on Mars is a good idea, the Mars One proposal is shortsighted.

US & Canada

Pluto's underworld of controversy and hidden danger

We should take the discovery of Pluto's new moons seriously due to naming conventions and as a spacecraft hazard.


Asteroid 2012 DA14 won't hit us... but what if it did?

Although asteroid 2012 DA14 will not impact Earth, other small undocumented asteroids could.

Science & Technology

Discovering Voyager 1's interstellar dragons

Voyager 1 has become our eyes and ears on an interstellar trip to the ultimate frontier.


Mars organics speculation butts heads with scientific process

The media was too quick to infer the existence of organics on Mars simply due to the excitement of one scientist.


Could Obama's election win save the world from asteroid doom?

A meteor impacting Earth is not a matter of 'if', but 'when' - and Obama's vision for NASA is critical.


Mars methane mystery: Curiosity sniffing for life on the Red Planet

Although the Curiosity Rover didn't detect any methane on Mars, it still tells a lot about the Red Planet.

Human Rights

Why all the fuss over Alpha Centauri Bb?

Although newly discovered exoplanet Alpha Centauri Bb is hellish, it's a very important find nevertheless.


Why does the world need people like Felix Baumgartner?

The world needs more people who are willing to break their 'risk averse' nature and do great things.