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.


40 years ago, NASA launched the space telescope that proved JWST could work

IRAS is a sometimes forgotten spacecraft that proved that infrared astronomy had a bright future.


Earth's inner core may have stopped spinning — study

Geoscientists found the core may move on a cycle, stopping every few decades to take a breath.


A new lightweight instrument could directly find life on Europa or Mars

The LDMS may be key to unlocking the secrets of the Solar System.

The Inverse Awards 2022

Inside NASA's monumental effort to deliver the first Webb Telescope images

After 20 years and $10 billion, here’s how the NASA team scrambled to make the first images happen.

Breakthrough Awards

This physicist helped confirm Einstein's greatest predictions in our cosmic backyard

Mariafelicia De Laurentis helped us understand our home galaxy’s supermassive black hole in 2022.


HAKUTO-R Mission 1: Mission details and how to watch the groundbreaking mission

If successful, ispace will be the first private company to successfully land a vehicle on the Moon.


Webb Telescope makes a stunning observation of the atmosphere of a hellish planet

WASP-39b could be key to finding much calmer, more habitable worlds.

Rocket line
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.

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.