Bruce Dorminey

About Bruce Dorminey

I cover over-the-horizon technology, aerospace and astronomy. I'm a science journalist and author of "Distant Wanderers: the Search for Planets Beyond the Solar System" who writes about over-the-horizon technology, primarily astronomy and space science.
https://www.amazon.com/Distant-Wanderers-Search-Planets-Beyond/dp/0387950745

NASA CubeSat To Make Most Detailed-Ever Map Of Water Ice At Moon’s South Pole

By | 2019-04-12T09:57:16-05:00 April 12th, 2019|Articles, Education, Science & Technology|

Mosaic of lunar North Pole CREDIT: NASA/JPL A shoebox-sized NASA-funded cubesat should create the most detailed, high-resolution map of lunar water ice ever attempted. Now scheduled for launch in 2020* as a secondary payload on NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) Exploration Mission (EM-1), the Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper Mission (LunaH-Map) will spend two [...]

Hong Kong scientists join search for alien life, hope to discover whether we are alone in the universe

By | 2019-04-12T10:20:37-05:00 April 5th, 2019|Articles, Education, Science & Technology|

As seen in South China Morning Post | April 5, 2019 The University of Hong Kong’s Laboratory for Space Research specialises in planetary and space science, high-energy astrophysics and late-stage stellar evolution A satellite/telescope will soon be sent into space to observe galaxy clusters and dark matter University of Hong Kong Professor Emeritus Sun [...]

Proposed NASA SmallSat Mission Could Be First To Visit Pallas, Our Third Largest Asteroid

By | 2019-03-11T11:41:35-05:00 March 11th, 2019|Articles, Science & Technology|

As seen in Forbes Science, March 10, 2019 | Author Bruce Dorminey Pallas, our solar system’s third largest and wholly unexplored asteroid, is the target for a potential SmallSat NASA flyby mission for possible launch in 2022. This remnant protoplanet, in fact, remains the largest unexplored planetary body inside the orbit of Neptune. Orbit [...]

Former NASA Rocket Scientist On Why We’re Still Going Nowhere Fast

By | 2019-02-06T11:24:45-05:00 January 31st, 2019|Articles, Authors, Culture, Science & Technology|

As seen in Forbes Science | January 31,2019 | Bruce Dorminey Time and again we hear that we are behind the aerospace curve; that we should be farming peanuts on Mars by now; mining Helium-3 in some far-flung lunar lava tube, or living the dream in a space condo parked in low-Earth orbit. But nearing the [...]

Steam-Powered Asteroid Hopper Offers Revolutionary New Way To Explore Our Solar System

By | 2019-01-23T08:32:05-05:00 January 14th, 2019|Articles, Science & Technology|

As Seen In Forbes Science | January 14, 2019 | Author Bruce Dorminey Revolutionary new steam-powered space technology should enable future space probes to hop from asteroid to asteroid; around the surface of the Moon or Mars; or even on a far-flung Kuiper Belt object for decades at a time.  It’s the product of a [...]

Galaxy May Be Littered With Dead Aliens Blindsided By Natural Climate Change

By | 2019-01-09T20:25:36-05:00 January 3rd, 2019|Articles, Science & Technology|

As seen in Forbes Science | December 31, 2018  On the cusp of yet another trip around the Sun, I found myself wondering how many alien civilizations within this sector of our Milky Way might have already come and gone? That is, bitten the dust due to wholly natural climate change long after their planet [...]

NASA’s Sample-Return Asteroid Mission Finds Water On Bennu

By | 2018-12-11T08:29:36-05:00 December 11th, 2018|Articles, Science & Technology|

As seen in Forbes Science | December 11, 2018 Data from the asteroid ‘101955 Bennu’ --- the prime science target for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission --- reveal ubiquitous amounts of water locked inside clays, the mission’s science team reported.  The team has been very pleasantly surprised by new analysis of high-resolution data from the spacecraft’s imaging [...]

Interview of Forbes Science Journalist Bruce Dorminey with Host James Lowe

By | 2018-11-30T09:17:11-05:00 November 30th, 2018|Audio Interviews for Download, Guest Statements|

Forbes Space Journalist Bruce Dorminey - For the first time ever we’ve realized that dissolved oxygen, a molecule that was critical for the evolution of life on the Earth, could be available on Mars in quantities that could suffice to support aerobic life. Bruce Dorminey Interview Nov 28 2018

After InSight, What’s Next On NASA’s Mars Geophysics Radar?

By | 2018-11-30T07:30:51-05:00 November 30th, 2018|Articles, Education, Environment, Science & Technology|

As seen in Forbes Science | November 30, 2018 But more importantly, what can Mars’ inner workings tell us about the formation of planets like our own? In December, the InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) spacecraft will position its French-built surface seismometer only a few feet from where it landed. [...]

Tech-Savvy South Korea Is Also Home To Asia’s Oldest Astronomical Observatory

By | 2018-11-28T07:41:44-05:00 November 23rd, 2018|Articles, Science & Technology|

As seen in Forbes Science | November 22, 2018 South Korea is the last place to cross most people’s minds when it comes to the esoteric history of astronomy. But this politically-troubled peninsula is home to both Asia’s oldest surviving astronomical observatory as well as a vibrant contemporary center for astronomy and space just an [...]