Australia re-enters the space race
SA-based Southern Launch begins rocket test program.
South Australia’s west coast will roar with the sound of rocket launches this week, as start-up Southern Launch begin...
What spaceflight does to body and brain
Two new studies look at the impact on astronauts.
Two new studies have analysed the impact of space travel on humans – and one could be of benefit here on Earth. US...
Can the Moon be a person?
Lunar mining might require a change of thinking.
By Alice Gorman, Flinders University Everyone is planning to return to the Moon. At least 10 missions by half a do...
How can satellites and telescopes co-exist?
Astronomers discuss life with a growth industry.
Astronomers worried about having their observations affected by the bright trails of satellites streaking through the...
What happens when a Moon lander lands?
Scientists model how far and fast the exhaust spreads.
As humans again dream of getting to the Moon, scientists are increasingly conscious of issues around the logistics an...
A reflection from near the Moon
Scientists testing some Apollo-era equipment.
It’s not quite “ET phone home”, but NASA has finally got a signal from space that it’s been waiting for. Dozens of...
Mars is the place (in space) to be
Three missions, three countries, one destination.
Mars is about to become crowded. When the spacecraft carrying NASA’s Perseverance rover safely launched from Cape Can...
Learning more about how spacecraft land
Scientists make good use of ‘messy turbulent flows’.
The focus this week has been on the launch of the spacecraft carrying the Perseverance rover to Mars (see mission sta...
Travel with maps and Perseverance
Astrogeologists check the lay of the (Martian) land.
A long trip needs a good map. Just to be safe, the US Geological Survey’s Astrogeology Science Centre has created two...
Mars missions update
Perseverance, Curiosity and a mole trying to dig.
NASA's Perseverance Mars rover is now attached to the top of the rocket that hopefully will send it towards the Red P...
Perseverance is just about ready to launch
Even COVID-19 can’t delay NASA’s return to Mars.
In the first step in an 11-year international collaboration to bring Mars rocks and soil samples back to Earth, NASA ...
The future of space may be female
Alice Gorman considers the other space race.
Only 566 people have ever travelled to space. Sixty-five of them, or about 11.5%, were women. NASA recently procla...