Lisa Grossman is the astronomy writer for Science News. Previously she was a news editor at New Scientist, where she ran the physical sciences section of the magazine for three years. Before that, she spent three years at New Scientist as a reporter, covering space, physics and astronomy. She has a degree in astronomy from Cornell University and a graduate certificate in science writing from UC Santa Cruz. Lisa was a finalist for the AGU David Perlman Award for Excellence in Science Journalism, and received the Institute of Physics/Science and Technology Facilities Council physics writing award and the AAS Solar Physics Division Popular Writing Award. She interned at Science News in 2009-2010.

All Stories by Lisa Grossman

  1. scientists in the Nevada desert

    To rehearse Perseverance’s mission, scientists pretended to be a Mars rover

    Seven Mars scientists pretended to be the Mars Perseverance rover on a training exercise in the Nevada desert.

  2. Image of the Perseverance rover
    Planetary Science

    NASA’s Perseverance rover will seek signs of past life on Mars

    NASA’s Perseverance rover will collect rocks and search for past life on Mars using lasers and zoomable cameras among other instruments.

  3. star TYC 8998-760-1 with exoplanets

    This is the first picture of a sunlike star with multiple exoplanets

    A first family portrait reveals a weird cousin of the solar system: a star about the mass of the sun orbited — distantly — by two massive gas giants.

  4. Star cluster in the Rosette Nebula

    Pinning down the sun’s birthplace just got more complicated

    Many astronomers think that the sun was born in a loose association of thousands of stars. A new study suggests there’s another possibility.

  5. small 'campfire' flare on the sun

    The closest images of the sun ever taken reveal ‘campfire’ flares

    The first images from Solar Orbiter, a NASA-European Space Agency spacecraft, show tiny, never-before-seen flares across the sun’s surface.

  6. aerial photo of a dome on Mauna Loa

    Two new books explore Mars — and what it means to be human

    ‘Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars’ and ‘The Sirens of Mars’ are surprisingly apt reads during the pandemic.

  7. Dust storm on Mars
    Planetary Science

    How upcoming missions to Mars will help predict its wild dust storms

    Predicting the weather on Mars is essential for landing and keeping rovers — or astronauts — safe on the surface. The next Mars missions will give forecasts a boost.

  8. Gas giant core planet illustration

    A newfound exoplanet may be the exposed core of a gas giant

    A planet about 734 light-years away could be a former gas giant that lost its atmosphere or a failed giant that never finished growing.

  9. black hole shooting jet of plasma into space

    Black hole plasma jets are shaped like bell-bottoms

    Jets of high-energy particles change from slightly curved sides to flared cones as they shoot away from galaxies, just like flare-legged pants.

  10. Titan lakes

    Flat spots on Saturn’s moon Titan may be the floors of ancient lake beds

    Bright radio signals from Titan indicate the presence of ancient lake beds in its tropics, a new analysis finds.

  11. Falcon 9 launch

    SpaceX’s astronaut launch marks a milestone for commercial spaceflight

    Two NASA astronauts aboard the privately built Crew Dragon capsule are the first to be sent into orbit from U.S. soil since 2011.

  12. Planet-forming swirl around star AB Aurigae

    Stunning images of swirling gas and dust may show a planet forming

    Infrared images show a spiral of gas and dust around a star 520 light-years away. A smaller, tantalizing twist hints at where a planet is coalescing.