Space Exploration

  • As satellites 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...

    News March 24, 2020
  • 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...

    News March 8, 2020
  • 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 ...

    News March 5, 2020
  • History

    The man behind the telescope

    Edwin Hubble trained in law, but the lure of astronomy was strong.

    The Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from space shuttle Discovery on 24 April 1990 as a joint project between NASA...

    Features March 1, 2020
  • Looking at the sea, then the sky

    NASA picking the brains of oceanographers in its search for oceans.

    NASA is reaching out to oceanographers for help in figuring out how to determine if extraterrestrial oceans are suffi...

    News February 23, 2020
  • Look out Sun, here I come

    Solar Orbiter heads off seeking data.

    Solar Orbiter is on the way to the Sun, and at this stage all is well. A day after the spacecraft was launched from ...

    News February 11, 2020
  • The nitty gritty of Moon soil

    Scientists develop a new way to study lunar chemistry.

    US scientists have started making a very detailed analysis of Moon rocks and soil – atom by atom. They say that no...

    News February 9, 2020
  • Inouye’s moment of truth

    Telescope produces the goods with this close-up of the Sun.

    America’s new Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope has produced the most detailed solar images ever taken, showing structu...

    News January 30, 2020
  • So long Spitzer, thanks for all the information

    NASA retires an ‘incredible, unique facility’ after 16 years.

    NASA’s aging Spitzer Space Telescope, which has been using infrared light to study the cosmos for more than 16 years,...

    News January 29, 2020
  • Increasing concerns about crowded space

    Astronomers even talking about an ‘existential threat’.

    Space scientists have long known that the cloud of manmade objects circling the Earth pose a risk to space launches a...

    News January 14, 2020
  • New findings and hopes for a halcyon era

    Astronomers celebrate dawn of a new decade.

    Last week, while most of us were still trying to remember to write 2020 rather than 2019 on our documents, 3600 astro...

    News January 12, 2020
  • Coming soon: a market garden on Mars

    Experiments using simulated Martian soil produce surprisingly good results. Barry Keily reports.

    Don’t grow spinach on Mars. That’s one of the key messages arising from a generally encouraging set of experiments de...

    Space Exploration October 20, 2019
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