• 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
  • 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....

    Energy 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...

    Space Exploration April 23, 2021
  • Spinning stars speedier than expected

    Asteroseismologists confirm older stars rotate faster than previously thought.

    From planets to galaxies, asteroids to black holes, everything in the universe moves and spins, largely thanks to the...

    Astronomy April 23, 2021
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