• 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 ...

    Space Exploration May 12, 2021
  • Voyager 1 hears plasma ‘hum’

    The distant space probe has found a signal from the interstellar gas.

    The most far-travelled thing humans have ever made, Voyager 1 is still transmitting trinkets of information to Earth....

    Space Exploration May 11, 2021
  • The search for alien life

    New technologies and techniques are searching for signs of alien life as never before. What and w...

    In the midst of lockdown, a voice echoed in my headphones from a world away, carefully explaining to me that one of t...

    Space Exploration May 10, 2021
  • Last week on Mars

    Helicopter Ingenuity’s fifth flight marked the start of its next phase as a scouting vehicle.

    The fifth flight of tiny Mars helicopter Ingenuity – the one that flew it above mission expectations – took place on ...

    Space Exploration May 9, 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...

    Astronomy May 6, 2021
  • Solving the satellite data challenge

    Australian space start-up promises to revolutionise satellite communication.

    A newly launched Australian space start-up is set to tackle the challenge of a huge influx of satellite data – by tra...

    Space Exploration May 4, 2021
  • Ingenuity: mission extended

    So successful is tiny Mars helicopter Ingenuity that NASA’s decided to extend its mission.

    NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter worked so well on its initial test flights that NASA has decided to extend its missi...

    Space Exploration May 3, 2021
  • This week on Mars

    This week on Mars, Ingenuity took its third ever flight. It is already tricky to fly a helicopter on Mars, because it...

    Space Exploration May 3, 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, ...

    Space Exploration 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...

    Astronomy April 30, 2021
  • Apollo 11 pilot dead at 90

    Michael Collins, who orbited the Moon alone while crewmates made humankind’s first moonwalk, succ...

    Former NASA astronaut Michael Collins, pilot of Apollo 11’s command module Columbia, has died in Florida, US, at the ...

    Space Exploration April 29, 2021
  • Interstellar space probe to boldly go even further

    NASA scientists to unveil planning for an interstellar space probe at the EGU General Assembly

    A new interstellar space probe, currently in its planning phase, will boldly go where no probe has gone before accord...

    Space Exploration April 28, 2021
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