It's good to know that NASA isn't wholly focused on that orbiting headache known as the International Space Station. The agency is still searching for answers to the grand questions. Yesterday, NASA established the new Einstein Probes Office to support several wild astrophysics missions that fall in the Beyond Einstein Program. Yes, it's just an administrative move, but we're still happy to see that programs like LISA, an on again, off again space-based observatory that will listen for gravity waves that roll out of merging black holes, are progressing.
Even more exciting are the three finalists (ADEPT, Destiny and SNAP) competing for a slot to solve one of the more perplexing mysteries in the cosmos, the nature of dark energy, the strange force that's practically blowing our universe apart.—Gregory Mone