As satellites ramp up, so do concerns
Astronomical observations and asteroid detection at risk.
The upcoming launches of large “constellations” of satellites, including 1600 expected to be orbited by the end of th...
Astronauts grow lettuce in space
The plants are fresh, nutritious and safe to eat.
Astronauts may no longer have to miss out on eating freshly picked, gourmet salad. Researchers have successfully grow...
Testing one, two, three
Behind the scenes glimpse of Orion ahead of its Moon voyage.
Radio frequency testing has begun on the first Orion spacecraft that will fly around the Moon as part of the Artemis ...
The man behind the telescope
Edwin Hubble trained in law, but the lure of astronomy was strong.
The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from space shuttle Discovery on 24 April 1990 as a joint project between NASA...
Looking at the sea, then the sky
NASA picking the brains of oceanographers in its search for oceans.
NASA is reaching out to oceanographers for help in figuring out how to determine if extraterrestrial oceans are suffi...
Look out Sun, here I come
Solar Orbiter heads off seeking data.
Solar Orbiter is on the way to the Sun, and at this stage all is well. A day after the spacecraft was launched from ...
The nitty gritty of Moon soil
Scientists develop a new way to study lunar chemistry.
US scientists have started making a very detailed analysis of Moon rocks and soil – atom by atom. They say that no...
Inouye’s moment of truth
Telescope produces the goods with this close-up of the Sun.
America’s new Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope has produced the most detailed solar images ever taken, showing structu...
So long Spitzer, thanks for all the information
NASA retires an ‘incredible, unique facility’ after 16 years.
NASA’s aging Spitzer Space Telescope, which has been using infrared light to study the cosmos for more than 16 years,...
Increasing concerns about crowded space
Astronomers even talking about an ‘existential threat’.
Space scientists have long known that the cloud of manmade objects circling the Earth pose a risk to space launches a...
New findings and hopes for a halcyon era
Astronomers celebrate dawn of a new decade.
Last week, while most of us were still trying to remember to write 2020 rather than 2019 on our documents, 3600 astro...
Coming soon: a market garden on Mars
Experiments using simulated Martian soil produce surprisingly good results. Barry Keily reports.
Don’t grow spinach on Mars. That’s one of the key messages arising from a generally encouraging set of experiments de...