Space Exploration

  • Branson vs Bezos: as the billionaires get ready to blast into space, who’s got the better plan?

    It’s a billionaire’s space race.

    Chris James, The University of Queensland Over the next fortnight, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and Virgin Galac...

    Features July 10, 2021
  • A short history of driving on the Moon

    A new book examines the last three Apollo Moon missions and the remarkable lunar rovers that assi...

    Overshadowed by Apollo 11’s historic Moon landing in 1969, Apollo missions 15, 16 and 17 have slipped into collective...

    Space July 9, 2021
  • Pam Melroy named as NASA’s first woman Deputy Administrator

    Australian Space Agency pioneer installed as second in charge at the space agency.

    She’s spent about 40 days in space, and covered millions of miles. She helped kickstart the Australian Space Agency, ...

    News July 8, 2021
  • Video

    Driving on the Moon

    Across the Airless Wilds author Earl Swift talks about the lunar rovers used on the Moon by the A...

    Nearly obscured by earlier Moon landings – especially Apollo 11 – Apollo missions 15, 16 and 17 had the most signific...

    Cosmos Briefing July 6, 2021
  • The Falcon has landed

    Satellite-delivering Falcon 9 touches elegantly back to Earth.

    A Falcon 9 rocket has successfully put 88 spacecraft, including an Australian nanosatellite, into Low Earth Orbit (LE...

    News July 2, 2021
  • NASA in search for alien life

    The world’s most powerful telescope to assist space scientists in the hunt for ET.

    The much-anticipated UFO report released last Friday did not confirm or deny the existence of extraterrestrial intell...

    News July 1, 2021
  • Deep Space Atomic Clock is truly next-gen

    NASA’s orbiting clock set to help probes navigate in deep space.

    The future of space navigation is almost here – NASA scientists have reported that its Deep Space Atomic Clock is up ...

    Core Sciences July 1, 2021
  • Video

    China releases first sounds of Zhurong’s Mars mission

    Audio of the rover’s descent to Mars captured by its attached climate station.

    The Chinese National Space Administration (CNSA) has released the first sounds and new video recorded by its Mars rov...

    News June 28, 2021
  • Packing for our longest journey

    Transport required for space travel debated, but what to take?

    This piece first appeared in Cosmos Magazine in January 2020: we are republishing it in honour of World Microbiome Da...

    Features June 27, 2021
  • Go go gadget CubeSat!

    Australia’s new CubeSat is testing the bounds of space technology.

    A CubeSat that will split in two so it can fly in formation will use a “bee’s eye” sensor to feed information back to...

    News June 25, 2021
  • Final frontier exam: is it fit for space?

    New network set to help Australian space tech meet standards and head for the heavens.

    A new network to put space technology through its paces has been set up, to make sure Australian-developed products c...

    News June 23, 2021
  • Return to the Forgotten Planet

    Could Venus have once supported life? Four planned missions should go a long way towards finding ...

    With scientists increasingly excited about the possibility that Venus might once have had an ocean capable of support...

    Space June 18, 2021
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