Tory Shepherd

Tory Shepherd

Tory Shepherd is an Adelaide-based freelance journalist who has covered Space 2.0 for The Advertiser.

  • Are we getting stuck at ground level?

    Australia’s space ambitions might yet be floored by funding shortfalls, and a lack of national st...

    Australia needs to commit to a national space program built around its own space missions, the Australian Academy of ...

    August 20, 2021
  • Return to the Moon will have to wait

    Lofty ambitions for future space exploration have been brought back down to Earth.

    The pandemic, technical difficulties, and a lack of cash means planned return missions to the Moon will be delayed. ...

    August 16, 2021
  • The Moon’s rocky clues – and what they reveal

    Moon rocks can tell us a great deal about the origins of our Solar System – now we know where to ...

    Not long after landing on the Moon, Neil Armstrong pocketed the first Moon rock. You can see the regolith brecchia he...

    August 5, 2021
  • Blobs in space

    A new cargo of weird and wonderful experiments is headed for the International Space Station.

    Fake muscles, the Blob, and a 3D printing project that aims to turn Moon dust into human habitats are about to head t...

    August 1, 2021
  • Australia joins star wars

    Federal government looks to counter space jams and attacks.

    In the face of emerging space threats, the Australian government is looking for a new ground-based Space Electronic W...

    July 29, 2021
  • Space Race 2.0

    As space-bound billionaires compete for airtime, and nations set their sights on Moon and Mars la...

    Back in the 1960s, a good proportion of Americans didn’t think it was a good idea to go to the Moon: 47% of them thou...

    July 23, 2021
  • Hubble, Hubble, toil ends trouble

    Malfunctioning space telescope back in operation.

    The Hubble Space Telescope is back online – for now. ‘Our window on the universe’, as it’s known, suffered a serious ...

    July 22, 2021
  • Where do rockets go to die?

    Alice Gorman talked to US podcast Atlas Obscura about what happens when spacecraft reach the end ...

    Where do rockets go to die? Well, some turn into space zombies. Some go down in flames. But some spacecraft return to...

    July 19, 2021
  • Operator, get me Voyager on the line …

    Our ability to communicate with spacecraft near and far is near capacity as the galactic internet...

    Credit: NASA The interplanetary switchboard is getting jammed, NASA has warned. Its Deep Space Network – a global ...

    July 13, 2021
  • Pam Melroy named as NASA’s first woman Deputy Administrator

    Australian Space Agency pioneer installed as second in charge at the space agency.

    She’s spent about 40 days in space, and covered millions of miles. She helped kickstart the Australian Space Agency, ...

    July 8, 2021
  • The Falcon has landed

    Satellite-delivering Falcon 9 touches elegantly back to Earth.

    A Falcon 9 rocket has successfully put 88 spacecraft, including an Australian nanosatellite, into Low Earth Orbit (LE...

    July 2, 2021
  • NASA in search for alien life

    The world’s most powerful telescope to assist space scientists in the hunt for ET.

    The much-anticipated UFO report released last Friday did not confirm or deny the existence of extraterrestrial intell...

    July 1, 2021
  • Go go gadget CubeSat!

    Australia’s new CubeSat is testing the bounds of space technology.

    A CubeSat that will split in two so it can fly in formation will use a “bee’s eye” sensor to feed information back to...

    June 25, 2021
  • Final frontier exam: is it fit for space?

    New network set to help Australian space tech meet standards and head for the heavens.

    A new network to put space technology through its paces has been set up, to make sure Australian-developed products c...

    June 23, 2021
  • The search for ET is getting (a little) more serious

    A new report into possible UFO sightings has prompted important debate among intelligent lifeform...

    A new report into possible UFO sightings has prompted important debate among intelligent lifeforms here on Earth. ...

    June 18, 2021
  • On report: ET and other extraterrestrial beings

    With interest in UFOs and alien life forms at a hype-induced high, what are the odds on that long...

    Extraterrestrial beings are on people’s minds as the Pentagon prepares to deliver a report on UFOs to the United Stat...

    June 16, 2021
  • NASA’s going back to Venus

    Two new missions to our sister planet will launch within a decade.

    NASA is on a mission (two missions, actually) to discover what turned Earth’s “sister planet”, Venus, into the hellis...

    June 3, 2021
  • Vaccination concerns: first-world problem

    Let’s be open about people’s jab worries, say experts – and talk about the benefits of vaccinatio...

    Australians dithering over whether to get a vaccination against COVID-19 are suffering a “first-world problem”, the A...

    May 31, 2021
  • Solar Orbiter captures coronal mass ejection

    The dramatic space weather has been captured on tape.

    The Solar Orbiter has captured its first coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun, as Australia’s Bureau of Meteorolo...

    May 24, 2021
  • What risks do humans face in space?

    Aerospace medicine expert chats about the challenges of interplanetary travel.

    It was quite the job ad when NASA started looking for astronauts for its Moon to Mars mission. They’re searching for ...

    May 22, 2021
  • Coming soon to a cow near you: the Internet of Agricultural Things. It could add billions to our economy. What’s stopping it from taking off?

    Space-based technologies can increase production and decrease waste. While the satellite part is ...

    Australia’s animals are joining the Internet of Things, and according to a recent report by ANU, it's just one of a s...

    May 21, 2021
  • Will there be wars in space?

    Experts say we can no longer consider space neutral territory.

    Australia can no longer assume that space is a peaceful place, one of the country’s top space analysts says, as the A...

    May 17, 2021
  • Rocket debris draws international criticism

    Remnants of China’s biggest rocket splashdown in the Indian Ocean.

    A large, uncontrolled piece of rocket debris hurtled towards Earth over the weekend – more than 20 tonnes travelling ...

    May 12, 2021
  • Micrometeorites: constant barrage

    There’s a lot of space dust falling on Earth every year. Good thing most of it is so small.

    Ann Hodges was chilling on her couch in Alabama, US, one afternoon in 1954 when a meteorite burst through the roof an...

    May 6, 2021
  • Andy Thomas: Adelaide’s own astronaut

    South Australian-born astronaut flew four space missions.

    Seeing the Earth from space “turns you into an environmentalist”, former NASA astronaut Andy Thomas says. Thomas, ...

    May 1, 2021
  • Mapping a meteoroid’s long journey from Vesta to Earth

    Motopi Pan left the asteroid 22 million years ago, and now the journey’s been traced.

    22 million years ago, something smashed into the big, bright Vesta asteroid, ejecting a meteoroid into space. Scie...

    April 30, 2021
  • Beam the Sun down, Scotty

    Are people serious about harvesting solar energy in space and sending it back to Earth?

    Harvesting solar energy in space and beaming it back to Earth may sound like science-fiction – and it originally was....

    April 27, 2021
  • War crimes in space

    As Earth’s orbit becomes the next area to colonise, countries around the world are racing to work...

    On 9 July 1962, the United States sent a 1.4 megatonne nuclear warhead into space, perched on the nose of a Thor rock...

    April 23, 2021
  • Laser to zap space debris, funding for SKA

    ANU team helps build a laser to move space debris; PM announces funding boost for astronomy.

    Australian National University researchers working with defence technology company EOS have developed lasers to blast...

    April 16, 2021
  • Ten things to take on your next trip to space

    What do you need to make life aboard the ISS bearable – even pleasant?

    By all accounts, going to the toilet in space is horrid. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson said it was the most challengin...

    April 14, 2021
  • Australian Space Forum

    News and live updates from the 11th Australian Space Forum, in Adelaide.

    5pm ACDT And that’s splashdown! Andy Thomas Space Foundation chief Nicola Sasanelli has wrapped up the 11th Space ...

    March 31, 2021
  • It’s Return Of The Dish

    Parkes telescope back with the Moon five decades after relaying “one small step” to the world.

    The Parkes radio telescope – made famous by the Australian film about the Apollo Moon landings – will be helping anot...

    March 25, 2021
  • Flood forecasting: what next?

    New space technologies are set to improve our flood watch and warning capabilities.

    Easing rainfall today will start to bring some relief to flood-hit parts of eastern Australia – not immediately in ma...

    March 24, 2021
  • Unpopular space launch fees

    Proposed Australian launch fees are receiving criticism from the commercial space sector.

    Rocket launch companies are firing up about federal government plans to charge them for take-offs and landings. They ...

    March 19, 2021
  • Spotting bushfires from space

    Eyes in the sky may help put out bushfires within minutes.

    Storm-chasing drones, smart water bombers, and a constellation of bushfire-spotting satellites could be the key to re...

    March 16, 2021
  • Space debris? SCOOP it up!

    An innovative proposal might make all the difference to de-junking near-Earth space.

    A network of mobile observatories deployed across Australia’s vast expanse could be a new weapon in the battle agains...

    March 12, 2021

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