Jon Kelvey

Jon Kelvey is a science writer covering space, aerospace, and biosciences. His work has appeared in publications such as Air & Space Magazine, Earth and Space News, Slate, and Smithsonian in addition to Inverse.

Kelvey studied cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley and prior to a career in journalism worked in the California wine industry, in construction as an electrician, and as a motel housekeeper.

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.

Dark Energy

How spy satellite tech will power NASA’s next big telescope

Thanks to NASA receiving a gift of components from a former spy program, the Nancy Grace Roman Telescope will observe more sky than ever before.

Rocket line

Ariane 6: How the European Space Agency is assembling its next big rocket

The December 25 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope was a career capping triumph for the ESA Ariane 5 rocket. The Ariane 6 cometh soon.

Looking up

Artemis: What's the launch status of NASA's Moon program?

After a successfull simulated launch countdown on January 24, only a few tests remain for NASA's big Moon rocket.


55-years-ago, the world wrote the prime directives for outer space

Almost six decades ago, the world sat down and wrote the rule book for solving potential conflicts in outer space.

Treasure hunt

How cutting-edge technology may help uncover hidden meteorites in Antarctica

A new machine learning study could provide a treasure map for finding meteorites.

First world?

The Webb telescope reaches its final deployment challenge

The telescope finished deploying all 18 of its mirror segments Wednesday, leaving one last task before it takes up its deep space post.

Pleasantly sticky

China's Yutu-2 rover: 3 discoveries from the far side of the Moon

The findings reveal mysterious soil and build the groundwork for future missions.


ESA exoplanet hunter PLATO: Mission, launch date, primary goal

The European Space Agency's upcoming PLATO exoplanet mission just cleared an important hurdle, clearing telescope's further development toward a 2026 launch.

There yet?

Almost there: Webb telescope is 90 percent of the way to its destination

As of Tuesday afternoon, the James Webb Space Telescope was more than 93 percent of the way to L2.

Hot mess

This fiery Jupiter-sized world is locked in a death spiral with its home star

Astronomers have found a gas giant that only has a million years left to live.


A 1,000 light year bubble unveils link between supernovae and new stars

By chance, our Sun wandered into the middle of a cosmic bubble 5 million years ago. Astronomers now know that gave us front row seats to the star formation show

Out there

How the Webb telescope will show us planets like never before

The James Webb Space Telescope won't just look for distance galaxies. It will peer intensely at both exoplanets and planets of our own Solar System.


What space junk and a Chinese satellite mean for the future of space

A Chinese weather satellite was struck by space debris in March, and the US Space Force recently confirmed decades old Russian space junk is to blame.


The James Webb Space Telescope just passed its most crucial test since launch

NASA confirmed Wednesday morning that Webb succesfully deployed its secondary mirror, officially marking its existence as a functional telescope.

Space champ

50 years ago, Richard Nixon made a radical decision that changed NASA forever

Richard Nixon wanted a cost effective, routine way to put stuff in space. And with the Space Shuttle, he sort of got it.


Kessler Syndrome: How runaway space junk could trap humans on Earth

Between tens of thousands of new satellites and the increasing weaponization of space, a chain reaction may soon reach a tipping point.