space travel

  • Heading for Mars? Not until a lot of work on novel space materials is completed

    Flying to the Moon is one thing. Could recent advancements in nifty space materials help us get t...

    “This is space. It does not cooperate.” This quote – by stranded astronaut Mark Watney in The Martian – encapsulates ...

    Space Exploration November 26, 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
  • 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, ...

    Features May 1, 2021
  • Space travel may prompt cartilage damage

    Mouse sent into orbit returned with significant deterioration.

    Space travel may be bad for your joints, research indicates.Mice that spent a month aboard a Russian spacecraft sho...

    Space May 26, 2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • Martian wind makes rocket fuel

    Lab experiments show Red Planet whirlwinds can catalyse a key ingredient needed for powered space...

    One of the ingredients humans need to make in order to travel to Mars is already there in abundance. And now scientis...

    Space November 4, 2018
  • First Man: a new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the Moon

    Director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling portray a a fallible and complex Neil Armstrong, ...

    The Apollo 11 lunar landing was the first time humans stepped on another celestial body, and the events leading up to...

    Space October 12, 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
  • Heavy astronauts risk eye damage

    Vision damage caused by space-flight is heavily influenced by weight. Jeff Glorfeld reports.

    China, India, Japan and the European Union all have burgeoning crewed space programs, the United States is contemplat...

    Space June 5, 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
  • Laser-powered travel to nearby stars a step closer

    Lightsails for interstellar travel might be possible with current technology, according to new re...

    A key piece of technology for interstellar travel may be within our reach, according to US scientists, but a plan to ...

    Space May 8, 2018
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