Space Exploration

  • Snapshot

    Just a little perseverance

    Much of what NASA’s achieving through the Mars 2020 mission will likely inform future exploration...

    By Tory Shepherd.Master and apprentice, the Mars rover Perseverance took this April 6 selfie with Ingenuity after...

    Image of the Day June 1, 2021
  • This week on Mars

    Clouds, wobbles and first drives!

    In March, Curiosity sent back 21 individual images that show some very high-altitude clouds.The NASA team has sti...

    Space Exploration May 31, 2021
  • Building a radio telescope on the dark side of the Moon

    It sounds like sci-fi, but a robotics team is planning how rock-climbing robots can build a radio...

    In the not-too-distant future, a spacecraft touches down on the rim of a massive crater on the far side of the Moon. ...

    Space Exploration May 28, 2021
  • This week on Mars

    China’s Zhurong rover prepares to get to work.

    This week has been a busy one on the Red Planet – last Saturday morning, Australian time, China became the third coun...

    Space Exploration May 23, 2021
  • What risks do humans face in space?

    Aerospace medicine expert chats about the challenges of interplanetary travel.

    It was quite the job ad when NASA started looking for astronauts for its Moon to Mars mission. They’re searching for ...

    Space Exploration May 22, 2021
  • Zhurong rover sends first pictures of Mars

    The Chinese Mars rover sends two images (and a video).

    The landing capsule moves away from the orbiter, a precursor to the first pictures Zhurong will send from the surface...

    Space Exploration May 20, 2021
  • Will there be wars in space?

    Experts say we can no longer consider space neutral territory.

    Australia can no longer assume that space is a peaceful place, one of the country’s top space analysts says, as the A...

    Space Exploration May 17, 2021
  • Rocket debris draws international criticism

    Remnants of China’s biggest rocket splashdown in the Indian Ocean.

    A large, uncontrolled piece of rocket debris hurtled towards Earth over the weekend – more than 20 tonnes travelling ...

    Space Exploration May 12, 2021
  • Voyager 1 hears plasma ‘hum’

    The distant space probe has found a signal from the interstellar gas.

    The most far-travelled thing humans have ever made, Voyager 1 is still transmitting trinkets of information to Earth....

    Space Exploration May 11, 2021
  • The search for alien life

    New technologies and techniques are searching for signs of alien life as never before. What and w...

    In the midst of lockdown, a voice echoed in my headphones from a world away, carefully explaining to me that one of t...

    Space Exploration May 10, 2021
  • 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
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