Kiona Smith

Kiona Smith is a space reporter at Inverse. Nothing brings them more joy than a gleefully morbid description of a black hole or a deep speculative dive into what aliens might be like, except maybe a great pun. When Kiona isn't enthusiastically nerding out about space at Inverse, they also contribute freelance archaeology stories at Ars Technica. Over the last decade, Kiona has written online and in print at a number of other outlets. Their first book is available now from Running Press.

Kiona shares their office with a scruffy little dog and a very jumpy gecko. When not writing or voractiously reading, they're usually knitting, cross-stitching, tabletop gaming, or chasing Pokemon. Find them online in various places.

Space

Hurricane Beryl Likely Contributed to Boeing Starliner’s Ongoing Delays

There's not much anyone can do to help from 250 miles above the ground.

ByKiona Smith
Space

Failed Thrusters, Helium Leaks, and a Hard Deadline: Inside NASA’s Decision to Keep Boeing’s Starliner At the ISS

Does it still count as being "grounded" when you're in space?

ByKiona Smith
Space

There's a Black Hole Hidden in this Photo of a Digested Dwarf Galaxy

This dense ball of stars is a relic of a galaxy our Milky Way swallowed long ago, and it may be hiding an astrophysical missing link.

ByKiona Smith
Space

Remnants of Mars’s Violent Past Are Hidden In this New ESA Express Orbiter Image

Picture something like an abandoned Mordor, but with glaciers.

ByKiona Smith
Space

This Humble Plant Species May Be the Key to Terraforming Mars

Steppe screw moss may eventually be able to grow on Mars — and even help terraform the cold, dry planet.

ByKiona Smith
Science

Mars Gets Slammed By Basketball-Sized Meteors Everyday, A New Study Finds

If planetary scientists are right, Mars gets pummeled by space rocks five times more often than anyone previously suspected.

ByKiona Smith
Space

The Webb Telescope Found Strange, Sparkling Balls That Might Have Helped Light Up the Universe

These sparkling balls of light in a faint, distant dwarf galaxy may be part of the reason we can see across space at all.

ByKiona Smith
Space

Lakes On Saturn’s Moon Titan May Be Sculpted By Waves of Literal Liquid Methane

A team of geologists and planetary scientists modeled the geometry of wave-battered shorelines on Earth, then compared them to the lakes and seas of Saturn’s moon Titan.

ByKiona Smith
Space

June’s Summer Solstice Strawberry Moon Will Be Weirder Than Usual

This month's full moon will be dimmer and lower in the sky than usual.

ByKiona Smith
Space

A Famous Star Trek World Is Actually A Fancy Galactic Illusion

What astronomers thought might have been a planet in the exact location of Spock’s homeworld was actually an illusion all along.

ByKiona Smith
Space

Elusive Fast Radio Bursts In Space Probably Come From the Most Ordinary Galaxies

A recent study traced 28 fast radio bursts to very average galaxies, with unremarkable magnetic fields and very little drama.

ByKiona Smith
Space

A Radio Telescope Captured the Noise Humanity Leaks Into Space

ROLSES had a bumpy ride aboard the Odysseus Lander earlier this year, but it still pulled off some cool science.

ByKiona Smith
Space

In an Extremely Unlikely First, Scientists Found Frost On the Peak of Mars’ Volcano Olympus Mons

A team of scientists recently discovered frozen water in an unlikely place on Mars.

ByKiona Smith
Space

NASA Needs SpaceX’s Starship to Work — Here’s the Critical Reason Why

It's Not Just About Artemis 3, there's also an important side quest.

ByKiona Smith
Space

'The Acolyte' Got Fire In Space Ridiculously Wrong — In Real Life, Its So Much Weirder

We get it. Star Wars isn't science fiction. But still.

ByKiona Smith
Space

This Hot, Inflated Alien World Is A Preview of Earth’s Final Days

If anyone lives on Earth in 5 billion years, they may get to live just a little bit longer.

ByKiona Smith
Space

The ESA’s Swarm Satellites Recorded “Something Peculiar” In The Northern Sky

"Eh! Steve!"

ByKiona Smith
space

This Dwarf Planet Is Basically A Sweet Red Snow Cone

Please do not lick the science.

ByKiona Smith
space

What Cicadas Can Teach Us About Living On Alien Planets

Cicadas act and look like creatures from an alien invasion movie. But could these patient burrowing bugs survive on another planet?

ByKiona Smith
space

New Data Reveals How Galaxies Grew in the Early Universe

These new galaxies in the early universe were still hungrily gobbling up nearby gas.

ByKiona Smith