John Wenz

John is currently science editor for Inverse. He's interested in all matters of space, robots, space robots, and fossils. Prior to his time at Inverse, he was digital producer at Knowable Magazine, associate editor at Astronomy Magazine, a news writer at Popular Mechanics, and a long-time freelancer. He has written one book, "The Lost Planets," published by MIT Press in October 2019. He is based in Oakland, California. He enjoys hiking, lichen hunting, photography, and collecting weird folk art chickens.

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Lucy mission: NASA goals, mission updates, and Beatles Easter eggs

Plus: two Beatles Easter egg are coming along for the ride.

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Lab-grown chicken could hit store shelves soon — here's how it tastes

It’s a whole new kind of poultry.


Is Planet Nine out there? This new telescope could finally settle the long-standing mystery

Its shiny new camera will capture the night sky like never before.


Artemis I returns safely to Earth, kicking off a new era of Moon exploration

The Moon mission paves the way to bring humans back to our nearest neighbor.


NASA confirms Artemis is on track for its November 14 launch attempt

This time it really means it. Really.

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Artemis I: NASA sets new launch date for Moon-bound rocket

After numerous delays, will it finally fly?


X-rays could reveal the secrets hidden in Gutenberg's first Bibles

Right now, it isn’t certain where the famed German inventor got his idea from. But a powerful machine may clear things up.


No, this newly discovered fossil doesn’t make the Loch Ness Monster 'plausible'

Choose your words carefully.

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The Artemis I Moon mission finally has a launch window — NASA

Celebrate the end of summer with a lunar event like no other... maybe.


12 scientists react to the Webb Telescope's first images: “A stunning achievement”

It was all a lot to take in — so we asked a few people in the astronomy community their thoughts.


NASA's Moon-bound mini-probe just lost communication with Earth

The CAPSTONE mission was supposed to crawl its way to the Moon but instead fell out of communication.


NASA announces a new investigation of unidentified aerial phenomena

The agency will release a report on UAPs sometime next year after a nine-month investigation.


Look! Webb Telescope captures 5 different, dazzling views of a nearby galaxy

New alignments of the Webb Telescope mean it will be poised to perform science investigations soon.

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NASA 2022 calendar: 11 exploration missions and projects to look forward to

NASA had a big 2021 and finally launched the James Webb Telescope. But its 2022 schedule is nothing to sneeze at.

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Behold! NASA’s Mars rover captures a stunning sight in the Martian sky

This is not your average eclipse.

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NASA might finally probe Uranus — if these scientists get their way

The Decadal Survey calls for missions to Uranus and Enceladus, among a host of other space science priorities.


Artemis 1 wet dress rehearsal fails a third time — here's what that means for its Moon mission

The largest launch vehicle since the Apollo-era won't see an official launch quite yet.


Look! NASA takes a stunning view of Mars' "prime meridian"

The wind-carved ridges provide another fascinating sight.


Harvard astronomer believes an interstellar meteor (or craft) smashed into Earth in 2014 — others aren't so sure

Avi Loeb, a famous Harvard University astronomer, believes he and a student discovered an interstellar object that hit Earth in 2014. But the wider space science community is skeptical.

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This newly discovered supermassive black hole "precursor" could be a missing link to the early universe

Astronomers were searching for this elusive object for decades.