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. illustration of spacecraft on Europa

    How future spacecraft might handle tricky landings on Venus or Europa

    Scientists are getting inventive with ways to touch down on these worlds, where landers will face obstacles not seen elsewhere in the solar system.

  2. Hayabusa2’s sample return capsule

    Hayabusa2’s asteroid dirt may hold clues to the early solar system

    “We collected the treasure box,” a Japanese space scientist announced after a capsule holding samples from asteroid Ryugu safely landed on Earth.

  3. team members of China’s Chang’e-5 mission celebrating the spacecraft’s launch
    Planetary Science

    China is about to collect the first moon rocks since the 1970s

    The robotic Chang’e-5 mission, which landed on an unexplored region of the moon December 1, aims to gather samples and return them to Earth.

  4. Magnetar illustration

    Astronomers spotted colliding neutron stars that may have formed a magnetar

    Astronomers may have witnessed the formation of a kind of rapidly spinning, extremely magnetized stellar corpse for the first time.

  5. clouds of dust surrounding the red supergiant star Betelgeuse

    Betelgeuse went dark, but didn’t go supernova. What happened?

    Astronomers are anxious to learn why Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in the sky, dimmed dramatically, but didn’t explode, in 2019.

  6. Arecibo Observatory

    Arecibo Observatory, an ‘icon of Puerto Rican science,’ will be demolished

    The telescope, known for cameos in moves like Contact and for fast radio burst observations, was feared to be on the verge of collapse.

  7. TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system

    Planets with many neighbors may be the best places to look for life

    Solar systems with many planets in circular orbits suggest a calm life-nurturing past, while single exoplanets with eccentric orbits hint at chaos.

  8. illustration of Mars surface
    Planetary Science

    Chemical reactions high in Mars’ atmosphere rip apart water molecules

    Mars is so dry because its water constant escapes into space. A new study suggests this process occurs in the ionosphere and faster than thought.

  9. Venus
    Planetary Science

    Doubts over a ‘possible sign of life’ on Venus show how science works

    Detecting phosphine in Venus’ atmosphere made headlines, but reanalyses and new searches call into question the original discovery of the molecule.

  10. OSIRIS-REx spacecraft illustration

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx survived its risky mission to grab a piece of an asteroid

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft just tried to grab a piece of asteroid Bennu. If successful, the spacecraft will return the sample to Earth in 2023.

  11. NGC 6441

    A spherical star cluster has surprisingly few heavy elements

    A globular cluster in the nearby Andromeda galaxy challenges conventional wisdom about how galaxies form.

  12. Bennu

    The asteroid Bennu’s brittle boulders may make grabbing a sample easier

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is about to collect a bit of asteroid Bennu. Here’s why it’s good that new research suggests its boulders are brittle.