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News Archive / Author: Paul Scott Anderson

Paul Scott Anderson has had a passion for space exploration that began when he was a child when he watched Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos.” While in school he was known for his passion for space exploration and astronomy. Then, in 2005 he began to detail his passion for the skies in his own online journal. While interested in all aspects of space exploration, his primary passion is planetary science. In 2011, he started writing on a freelance basis, and currently writes for He has also done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet.

Articles By Paul Scott Anderson

  • NASA designing its own ‘flying saucer’ for future Mars missions

    April 15th, 2014

    It may sound like something from a movie but it’s not – NASA is working on building its own version of a “flying saucer” for a future mission to Mars. The disk-shaped spacecraft would be used to transport heavy payloads and even people down to the surface, it was just reported in New Scientist.

  • New ‘Cosmic Tape Measure’ allows Hubble to see farther more accurately than ever before

    April 11th, 2014

    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope are now able to measure the distances to stars and other objects more accurately than ever before, it was announced yesterday by the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI). Basically, Hubble can now make highly accurate measurements of the distances to stars 10 times farther away than it was able to before. How […]

  • ULA selected to launch Solar Orbiter mission in 2017

    March 19th, 2014

    NASA’s next-generation mission to explore the Sun, Solar Orbiter, will be launched in July 2017 using an Atlas V rocket, it was announced yesterday. The rocket will be provided by the United Launch Alliance (ULA), which was awarded the United Launch Services contract after a competitive procurement which selected ULA from several possible launch providers.

  • Cosmos 2.0: a space science classic rebooted for the 21st Century – a review

    March 11th, 2014

    When it comes to presenting space exploration and science to the general public, there is one program that continues to stand out, setting the standard for how it should be done: Cosmos, hosted by the late Carl Sagan, in 1980 (who passed away in 1996). Both visually captivating and filled with scientific facts, the 13-part […]

  • Europa or bust: possible mission to icy moon in FY 2015 Budget Proposal

    March 8th, 2014

    For scientists and space enthusiasts who have been advocating a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa, there was some good news this week from NASA. A mission to Europa has been officially included in the NASA 2015 Budget request. The inclusion is a reason for cautious optimism; while naming it as a target for a future robotic mission in the […]

  • Water plumes and clay-type minerals discovered on Jupiter’s ocean moon Europa

    December 13th, 2013

    Europa has intrigued people for decades, ever since the first evidence was found that this small icy moon of Jupiter harbors a subsurface ocean. Additional information about the actual conditions below the surface have been difficult to obtain, since this ocean is covered by a global crust of ice perhaps ten of miles thick in […]

  • Curiosity rover confirms ancient Martian lake

    December 11th, 2013

    Some exciting new results from the Curiosity rover mission on Mars were announced yesterday at this year’s American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Basically, as previously suspected, Curiosity landed in an ancient lakebed inside Gale crater, and those habitable conditions apparently lasted for a longer time than previously thought.

  • Cassini’s best-ever view of Saturn’s amazing hexagon

    December 5th, 2013

    The solar system is full of many planets and moons, each with their own unique characteristics and features, some of which have never been seen anywhere else. One such oddity is found on Saturn – a giant hexagon-shaped jet stream surrounding the planet’s north pole. It is a natural feature in Saturn’s atmosphere, although the […]

  • Kepler 2.0: how ailing space telescope could planet-hunt again

    November 29th, 2013

    There was a lot of disappointment when it was announced that the crippled Kepler Space Telescope would not be able to continue its search for exoplanets after a malfunction left it unable to stabilize enough to focus properly. There was some comfort in the knowledge that there was still a lot of its original data to go […]

  • Stunning new image from Cassini of Saturn – and Mars, Earth and Venus too!

    November 13th, 2013

    The Cassini spacecraft has taken another stunning new panoramic image, released yesterday, showing Saturn and its rings in all of their glory. It has done this before, including ones showing the Earth and Moon in the far distance, as tiny specks of light. But this new image is even better; not only does it again show […]

  • Astronomers confirm first Earth-sized rocky exoplanet

    November 4th, 2013

    For the first time, an exoplanet orbiting another star has been discovered which is similar to Earth in size, mass and composition, it was announced on October 30, 2013. Astronomers confirmed the finding using data from the Kepler space telescope.

  • India poised to launch ambitious mission to Mars this month

    October 18th, 2013

    Mars is a planetary destination that so far has only been reached by a handful of countries including the United States, the former Soviet Union and some countries in Europe. But soon, another nation may finally take its place on that list as well – India. Having already successfully sent its first unmanned probe, Chandrayaan […]