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.
Ariane 6: How the European Space Agency is assembling its next big rocket
The December 25 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope was a career capping triumph for the ESA Ariane 5 rocket. The Ariane 6 cometh soon.
Artemis: What's the launch status of NASA's Moon program?
After a successfull simulated launch countdown on January 24, only a few tests remain for NASA's big Moon rocket.
55-years-ago, the world wrote the prime directives for outer space
Almost six decades ago, the world sat down and wrote the rule book for solving potential conflicts in outer space.
How cutting-edge technology may help uncover hidden meteorites in Antarctica
A new machine learning study could provide a treasure map for finding meteorites.
30 years ago, astronomers found a planet where it shouldn’t be — and made history
It got weird, fast.
The Webb telescope reaches its final deployment challenge
The telescope finished deploying all 18 of its mirror segments Wednesday, leaving one last task before it takes up its deep space post.
China's Yutu-2 rover: 3 discoveries from the far side of the Moon
The findings reveal mysterious soil and build the groundwork for future missions.
ESA exoplanet hunter PLATO: Mission, launch date, primary goal
The European Space Agency's upcoming PLATO exoplanet mission just cleared an important hurdle, clearing telescope's further development toward a 2026 launch.
Almost there: Webb telescope is 90 percent of the way to its destination
As of Tuesday afternoon, the James Webb Space Telescope was more than 93 percent of the way to L2.
NASA 2022 calendar: 11 space missions and projects to look forward to
NASA had a big 2021 and finally launched the James Webb Telescope. But its 2022 schedule is nothing to sneeze at.
This fiery Jupiter-sized world is locked in a death spiral with its home star
Astronomers have found a gas giant that only has a million years left to live.
A 1,000 light year bubble unveils link between supernovae and new stars
By chance, our Sun wandered into the middle of a cosmic bubble 5 million years ago. Astronomers now know that gave us front row seats to the star formation show
How the Webb telescope will show us planets like never before
The James Webb Space Telescope won't just look for distance galaxies. It will peer intensely at both exoplanets and planets of our own Solar System.
What space junk and a Chinese satellite mean for the future of space
A Chinese weather satellite was struck by space debris in March, and the US Space Force recently confirmed decades old Russian space junk is to blame.
The James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror is “all deployed, all together”
On Saturday, NASA made history.
The James Webb Space Telescope just passed its most crucial test since launch
NASA confirmed Wednesday morning that Webb succesfully deployed its secondary mirror, officially marking its existence as a functional telescope.
50 years ago, Richard Nixon made a radical decision that changed NASA forever
Richard Nixon wanted a cost effective, routine way to put stuff in space. And with the Space Shuttle, he sort of got it.
Kessler Syndrome: How runaway space junk could trap humans on Earth
Between tens of thousands of new satellites and the increasing weaponization of space, a chain reaction may soon reach a tipping point.
NASA discovers Webb has enough fuel for a decade-plus of deep space observations
NASA announced Wednesday that James Webb telescope course corrections used less fuel than expected, which means Webb can expect to work for more than 10 years
Where is the James Webb Space Telescope now? 4 big steps it's taken so far
As of Tuesday, it had already passed several mission-critical milestones.