astronautics

  • Shingles in space? Research probes immune system risks to astronauts

    Scientists around the world are striving to understand the health risks of space travel. Richard ...

    In new research that delivers a blow to hopes of finding safe ways to send humans back to the moon or on to Mars, sci...

    Space December 6, 2018
  • Two billion kilometres later, OSIRIS-Rex reaches Bennu

    NASA’s mission completes half its two-way journey. Andrew Masterson reports.

    NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft ...

    Space December 4, 2018
  • A pig in a rocket. What could possibly go wrong?

    Early sketch reveals plan to punt a porker skywards.

    Little Joe was the name of a booster rocket designed by NASA in the early days of space travel research. The solid-fu...

    Space December 3, 2018
  • InSight gets set to land on Mars

    NASA mission enters critical phase.

    An artist's impression of the InSight mission touching down.JPL/NASANASA’s InSight mission is due to touch down on Ma...

    Space November 25, 2018
  • NASA: 60 years in 60 seconds

    From Apollo to New Horizons, the US space organisation has enjoyed a packed and eventful history.

    NASA from go to whoa.NASA In 1958, President Eisenhower signed a law that catalysed the creation of NASA.Marking...

    Technology November 11, 2018
  • Chute for the stars

    NASA shows that what goes up must come down, but slowly.

    Thar she blows: NASA’s mega-parachute in action.NASAThis is the fastest deployment of a parachute in history.The chut...

    Space October 30, 2018
  • To Mercury! And hopefully not beyond …

    European, Japanese mission set for take-off.

    At some point during the 48 hours comprising Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, an Ariadne rocket will blast off...

    Space October 18, 2018
  • Voyager 2 set to follow its sister into the void

    Mission control says evidence indicates the 40-year-old probe is about to leave the solar system....

    NASA’s Voyager 2 probe, launched just over 40 years ago, looks set to become the second human-made object ever to lea...

    Space October 9, 2018
  • A mission ends, and all is well

    A Russian craft touches down on dry land after half a year aloft.

    The Russian Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft touched down successfully early in October, near the town of own of Zhezkazgan in ...

    Space October 8, 2018
  • How many astronauts to reach Proxima Centauri b?

    Modelling suggests humanity’s first crewed voyage to an exoplanet will require a keen appreciatio...

    One day, at least if science fiction novelists and dreamers are to be believed, humankind will set sail for planets o...

    Space June 26, 2018
  • How to get to Mars without going mad

    The psychological dangers of long-haul space flights.

    The technological challenges involved in sending a crewed mission to Mars are daunting, but new research highlights t...

    Space May 24, 2018
  • Australian government seeds a space agency, but will it take off?

    The global space industry is huge, but experts wonder if Australian politics will hold the countr...

    Australia, we’re joining the space club! The 2018 Federal Budget revealed on Tuesday night that $26 million will be a...

    Space May 10, 2018
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