Jon Kelvey

Jon Kelvey is a science writer covering space, aerospace, and biosciences. His work has appeared in publications such as Air & Space Magazine, Earth and Space News, Slate, and Smithsonian in addition to Inverse.

Kelvey studied cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley and prior to a career in journalism worked in the California wine industry, in construction as an electrician, and as a motel housekeeper.


Astronomers Caught a Rare Glimpse of an Exoplanet Being Born

The discovery provides further evidence for theories of how planets form.


New High-Tech Alloy Could Enable Nuclear Space Travel

The new alloy is durable to even extreme heat stress.

Space Science

Astronomers Use a Novel Technique to Spot a Huge Exoplanet

By teaming direct imaging with an indirect technique, astronomers struck gold.

Space Science

Astronomers Find Two Powerful Supermassive Black Holes Feasting in a Merging Galaxy

The quasars are shining bright during their dinner.

Space Anniversaries

50 Years Ago, NASA Sent an Ambitious Mission to Saturn — and To Interstellar Horizons

The Pioneer 11 probe would serve as a metaphorical blueprint for the Voyager missions.

Space Science

New Study Suggests One Aspect of Space Travel Can Accelerate Aging

The microgravity environment could hasted age-related issues.

Space History

15 Years Ago, Exoplanet Astronomers Made a Breakthrough in the Hunt for Life

Detecting methane on a distant exoplanet paved the way for the hunt for organic chemistry in the cosmos.

Space Science

A NASA Craft May Have Captured a Volcanic Event on the Solar System's Most Hellish World

The results are ... explosive.


New Study Shows the Global Reach of One Dangerous Pollutant

It highlights that nothing happens in a vacuum.


What the Dogs of Chernobyl Could Tell Us About Living on Mars

A new study shows the long-term effects of living in an irradiated environment.

Space Science

Starlink is Already Causing Hubble Headaches — and the Problem Could Get Worse

A new study found that 3-in-50 Hubble shots have a satellite photobombing them — and that number will only go up as more satellites are launched.


Astronomers May Have Just Solved a Salty Mystery at Jupiter's Most Famous Moon

Europa had features that astronomers couldn't previously quite figure out.

Climate Crisis

Ecologists Find Unexpected Feedback Loops Could Complicate Fighting Climate Change

They could make it impossible to reverse.

Earth Science

These Ancient Pseudo-Diamonds Contain Secrets About the Origin of Life

A better understanding of how life was set up to evolve on Earth could provide a more accurate template for searching for signs of existent or past life out in the universe.


5 Years Ago, SpaceX Launched Its Silliest Payload Yet — And It's Still in Orbit

The space-faring Tesla roadster set a speed record unlikely to ever fall to another car, even another Tesla.


65 Years Ago, America Launched Its Most Pivotal Space Mission Ever

Explorer 1 marked the entry of science into what had been a military affair.


Astronomers Find a Supernova Runt — and Discover an Unexpected Origin

A real package deal.


Does the Doomsday Clock actually mean anything? Experts weigh in

The Cold War relic has a strange history and so-so effectiveness — but it may not be the point.


40 years ago, NASA launched the space telescope that proved JWST could work

IRAS is a sometimes forgotten spacecraft that proved that infrared astronomy had a bright future.


Earth's inner core may have stopped spinning — study

Geoscientists found the core may move on a cycle, stopping every few decades to take a breath.