Passant Rabie

Passant Rabie is a space writer at Inverse, where she guides readers through the mysteries of the local universe. She covers ongoing missions to distant planets and beyond, and breaks down recent discoveries in the world of astrophysics and the latest in ongoing space news.

Passant is an award-winning journalist from Cairo, Egypt, who relocated to New York to pursue a master's degree in science journalism at New York University. Her interest in astrophysics stems from the many existential questions that live rent-free in her head. But when she's not weighed down by the vast emptiness of space, she enjoys biking, worshipping cats, and learning Beyonce's choreography.


53 years ago, NASA convinced America to go to the Moon — can they do it again?

“$12 a day to feed an astronaut. We could feed a starving child for $8.”

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you there?

Astronomers narrow in on mysterious Planet Nine’s location

"I'm sure there's something pretty big out there."

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galactic gains

Incredible images capture a ridiculously swole galaxy

Galaxy NGC 772 has an overdeveloped arm.

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fly guy

NASA drafts Mars helicopter Ingenuity into search for ancient alien life

The helicopter will continue to fly until September.

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Space WiFi? A new startup wants to give NASA's moonbase an internet connection

If we are to set up a permanent base on the Moon, we will need some solid connection.

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say cheese!

Behold! NASA releases stunning new Webb image of an unexpected star

If this is a teaser, then consider us hooked.

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Big boy

Look: A small, powerful star just unleashed 40 trillion mile-long beam of antimatter

The massive beam is powered by a collapsed star.

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NASA announces Artemis lunar rocket is ready for critical test on Thursday

The SLS rocket is set to launch this summer.

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on repeat

A ravenous, explosive nova star may be creating massive gamma ray bursts

One star is stripped of material, which is then transferred to another star.

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big catch

The largest molecule ever found in a proto-planet disc could be a precursor to life

This could lead to the emergence of life.

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How the Webb Telescope will reveal invisible features of the universe

Even in space photography, it's all about filters.

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against all odds

New study improves the chances of habitability in the outer Solar System

New study improves the chances of distant objects being habitable.

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disappearing act

Earth's closest black hole may actually be a vampire star

This may not be a black hole, but it is a vampire star.

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Physicists discover a massive problem with the search for dark matter


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NASA, ESA may cut ties with Russia's space program — here's what that means for future missions

As Russia wages war on Earth, its space program will suffer.

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odd balls

China just discovered strange glass balls on the far side of the Moon

It's the first discovery of its kind.

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wobble, baby

Astronomers find a puzzling black hole spinning sideways

It may have gotten a slight kick while being formed.

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look up!

Look: Stunning new image of Rosette Nebula taken from backyard

This cosmic cloud of gas and dust is about 5,000 light-years away.

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Freshman year

6 major breakthroughs Perseverance made during its first year on Mars

The Martian rover has done the most!

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that's enough

Astronomers looked at 260,000 stars to find alien megastructures in the Milky Way

It’s a one in a thousand chance.

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