Space Exploration

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • How did Perseverance make oxygen on Mars?

    MOXIE converts carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with electrochemistry.

    Two days after NASA scientists proved it’s possible to fly a helicopter in the thin Martian atmosphere, another team ...

    Space Exploration April 22, 2021
  • Ingenuity rules (and flies)

    Brief hover demonstrates that controlled flight is possible in thin Martian atmosphere.

    After an eight-day delay due to a software glitch, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter has had its Wright Brothers momen...

    Space Exploration April 21, 2021
  • Focus

    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...

    Space Exploration 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...

    Space Exploration April 14, 2021
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