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...
Just a few more snaps of Earth
BepiColombo drops in on its way to Mercury.
The BepiColombo space mission celebrated Easter with the first of nine flybys that are an integral part of its trip t...
Persevering with preparations
New wheels added to the next Mars rover.
NASA missions continue to make progress, COVID-19 notwithstanding. Yesterday we showed you the primary mirror on t...
James Webb’s mirror, in all its glory
Deployment tests continue, but COVID-19 is forcing change.
This is how the primary mirror on the much-awaited James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will look when fully deployed. ...
As satellites in space 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 ...