I will, at some point, have to write some science fiction set in space, if for no other reason than it will be the only way that I will ever get into space. Clearly, watching a man walk on the moon at four years of age had a deep and lasting impact on me. (I have no other way to explain my fascination with space exploration, except perhaps my mother’s love of _Star Trek_.)
* The first thing that caught my eye was the idea that how the moon was formed was not, as I had grown to believe, established. Far from it. That big impact that spewed debris into our orbit that congealed into the moon? [Maybe that isn’t the way it was.](http://www.nature.com/news/planetary-science-lunar-conspiracies-1.14270)
* [NASA listens to Jupiter](http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2004/20feb_radiostorms/) and so can you. (At least now I want to try.) NASA even has a [Radio Jove](http://radiojove.gsfc.nasa.gov) program that lets you set up your own radio astronomy station.
* There’s some new rocket technology that might make travel in our neighborhood faster: the VASIMR plasma rocket: “VASIMR stands for Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, which makes use of argon gas (one of the most stable gasses known to man) and a renewable source of energy found in space, radio waves in the form of light.” On [Space Industry News](http://spaceindustrynews.com/the-vasimr-plasma-rocket-bridging-the-gap-in-space-travel/4099/).
* Here at home there are vast reserves of freshwater trapped beneath the oceans. On [ABC Science](http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2013/12/06/3906589.htm).
* Finally, Space.com has coverage of scientists telling Congress that we have the technology to discover alien life. (The trick, it seems to me, would be to find intelligent life in Congress.) On [Space.com](http://www.space.com/23840-alien-life-search-technology-congress.html).