Meet the Couple Who Could Be the First Humans to Travel to Mars

Artist rendering of manned flyby of Mars in 2021
Artist rendering of manned flyby of Mars in 2021

by Laura Poppick, Wired Magazine

Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum are planning a trip to Mars. They’ve been hashing out the details for 20 years now, and alternate between being extremely excited and utterly terrified by the prospect, refusing to discuss it after 5 p.m. to avoid nightmares.

The couple’s far-out dreams of space travel differ from those of many others because theirs could, potentially, come true. They founded a private space company called Paragon Space Development Corporation to find the most feasible way to send two people on a round-trip flyby of the Red Planet. 

Two of the Exoplanets Closest to Earth Don’t Actually Exist

by Xaq Rzetelny July 10 2014

Two exoplanets, once considered excellent candidates in the search for life elsewhere in the Universe, do not exist, according to a new study in the journal Science. Both non-planets, Gliese 581d and 581g, were thought to be part of the Gliese 581 star system, located only 20 light-years away.

Black Holes or Galaxies: Which Came First?


by Ethan Siegel

What came first, the black hole at the center of a spiral galaxy (drawing material to itself), or the galaxy first then the black hole?

We’ve recently looked at both the largest and the smallest black holes in the Universe, and this gives us the wonderful opportunity to look at the order in which the different structures in the Universe formed. On the largest scales,this is what the Universe looks like!