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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HORIZONS

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.

Science
labor of love

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

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

Science

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.

Space

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.

UAPs

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.

Science

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.

On deck

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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Survey says

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.

Space

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.

Space

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

The wind-carved ridges provide another fascinating sight.

UFOS?

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.

Science
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NASA's Webb telescope crosses a critical milestone — getting cold enough to see

The instruments are now cold enough for the telescope to begin its true mission.

Science

55-year study reveals an overlooked but critical desert symbiote is disappearing

In a remote area of Canyonlands National Park, a soil-loving symbiote is on the decline.

Innovation

Liftoff! Axiom-1 sends 4 rich guys to space in seamless first launch

The Axiom-1 crew had a seamless launch after a small delay.

far, far away

Behold! Astronomers may have discovered the most distant galaxy ever

HD1 could be from just 300 million years after the Big Bang.