Christopher Crockett

Astronomy Writer, 2014-2017

Christopher Crockett is a freelance science writer and editor based in Arlington, Va.  He was the astronomy writer at Science News from 2014 to 2017. He has a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

All Stories by Christopher Crockett

  1. illustration of Juno probe over Jupiter
    Planetary Science

    Juno spacecraft goes into ‘safe mode,’ continues to orbit Jupiter

    The Juno spacecraft has gone into safe mode while in orbit around Jupiter. Mission scientists are also closely monitoring a fuel valve issue on the probe.

  2. illustration of Schiaparelli lander
    Planetary Science

    Mission scientists await signal from Mars lander

    The ExoMars mission’s Schiaparelli lander went silent before its scheduled landing on the Red Planet.

  3. Planetary Science

    Possibly cloudy forecast for parts of Pluto

    Reflective patches on Pluto could be hints of rare cloud formation on the dwarf planet.

  4. Schiaparelli lander, illustrated over Mars
    Planetary Science

    ExoMars mission set to arrive at Red Planet on October 19

    The European ExoMars mission is about to arrive at the Red Planet, dropping a lander on the surface and putting a spacecraft into orbit.

  5. Idunn Mons on Venus
    Planetary Science

    Lava may be flowing from Venus volcano

    Lava flows might explain a hot spot seen in data from Venus Express spacecraft.

  6. 67P
    Planetary Science

    Comet 67P cracking under pressure

    Cracks developing on comet 67P are signs of stress building in the neck of the comet that could lead to its two ends snapping apart.

  7. Hubble image
    Astronomy

    Cosmic census of galaxies updated to 2 trillion

    A new census of the cosmos suggests that there might be 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe, about 10 times as many as previous estimates.

  8. Saturn's moon Dione
    Planetary Science

    Saturn’s moon Dione might harbor an underground ocean

    Saturn’s moon Dione might have an underground ocean, like several other moons in the solar system.

  9. Saturn's moon Dione
    Planetary Science

    Saturn’s moon Dione might harbor an underground ocean

    Saturn’s moon Dione might have an underground ocean, like several other moons in the solar system.

  10. Physics

    Trio wins physics Nobel for math underlying exotic states of matter

    The 2016 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded for theoretical discoveries of topological phases of matter.

  11. comet 67P from 51 meters
    Planetary Science

    Rosetta spacecraft ends mission

    The Rosetta mission comes to an end as spacecraft touches down on surface of comet 67P/ Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

  12. comet 67P from 51 meters
    Planetary Science

    Rosetta spacecraft lands on comet, ends mission

    The Rosetta mission comes to an end as spacecraft touches down on surface of comet 67P/ Churyumov–Gerasimenko.