Nadia Drake

Former science writing intern and astronomy writer

All Stories by Nadia Drake

  1. Space

    Giant cluster phenomenally fertile

    Stars form at an impressive rate thanks to a snoozing black hole at the center of the massive object.

  2. Planetary Science

    Dawn mission to die another day

    A glitch does not threaten the spacecraft’s survival, but it will delay an upcoming visit to the dwarf planet Ceres.

  3. Planetary Science

    Wheels down, Mars rover takes in the view

    After a safe landing, NASA’s Curiosity begins transmitting images back to Earth.

  4. Planetary Science

    Curiosity lands safely on Mars

    Lowered by sky crane onto the surface, NASA rover prepares to look for signs that life could have evolved on the Red Planet.

  5. Planetary Science

    A lifetime of curiosity: An interview with JPL director Charles Elachi

    Nadia Drake speaks with the lab head days before the Mars Science Laboratory’s scheduled landing.

  6. Planetary Science

    BLOG: Mission control before the party

    On the eve of Curiosity’s planned Martian landing, Science News astronomy reporter Nadia Drake checks out JPL’s space central.

  7. Planetary Science

    Young scientist crosses fingers for Mars rover

    Ryan Anderson’s graduate work helped researchers select Curiosity’s landing site in Gale Crater.

  8. Astronomy

    Curiosity to look for habitable environs

    Set to land on Mars August 5, NASA mission will search for signs that the planet could support life, now or long ago.

  9. Planetary Science

    Curiosity readies for dramatic entrance

    NASA’s new Mars rover aims to alight on the Red Planet like a pop star being lowered onto stage.

  10. Comic strip science

    “I am so awesome.” [Smug grin.] Rosemary Mosco’s comic strips feature her favorite inspirations from nature and science. Courtesy of R. Mosco A classic method for remembering bird calls using similar-sounding words gets a new twist in Rosemary Mosco’s guide to the songs and calls of eastern North American birds. Courtesy of R. Mosco So […]

  11. Humans

    Blog: Remembering Sally Ride

    Astronomy writer Nadia Drake looks back on the astronaut’s reach.

  12. Space

    Crowd sourcing comes to astronomy

    Researchers comb the Internet for snapshots of a comet and use the collected images to calculate its orbit.