• Iodine-powered spacecraft tested in orbit for the first time

    Could an iodine-fuelled electric propulsion system be the future of space travel?

    French aerospace company ThrustMe has successfully tested an iodine-powered spacecraft for the first time, showing th...

    Space Exploration November 18, 2021
  • Video

    Rover’s eye view

    NASA releases thrilling film of Perseverance landing.

    In a staggering series of images that allow viewers to relive landing day from a new perspective, NASA’s Perseverance...

    News February 23, 2021
  • Mars news all good

    Data indicate all systems fine and helicopter Ingenuity working as expected.

    Less than a day after NASA’s Perseverance rover successfully landed, the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in...

    Core Sciences February 22, 2021
  • Perseverance pays off

    NASA rover successfully down in Jezero Crater on Mars.

    NASA's perseverance rover- It started with the type of chatter you might hear from someone setting up a complex sound...

    News February 19, 2021
  • Learning more about how spacecraft land

    Scientists make good use of ‘messy turbulent flows’.

    The focus this week has been on the launch of the spacecraft carrying the Perseverance rover to Mars (see mission sta...

    News July 31, 2020
  • Just a few more snaps of Earth

    BepiColombo drops in on its way to Mercury.

    The BepiColombo space mission celebrated Easter with the first of nine flybys that are an integral part of its trip t...

    News April 15, 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
  • LightSail away

    Successful deployment realises a 40-year dream.

    A small non-profit organisation has achieved a space-travel feat dreamed about for more than 40 years: proving that i...

    Space Exploration August 1, 2019
  • India heading to the Moon

    Chandrayaan-2 lifts off for a seven-week trip.

    India's second mission to the Moon is under way.After a smooth 20-hour countdown, the GSLV MkIII-M1 launch vehicle li...

    Space Exploration July 23, 2019
  • Crowdfunded lightsail mission readies for take-off

    Science fiction set to become fact as Bill Nye’s solar spacecraft takes to the air. Richard A Lov...

    A US-based non-profit organisation led by science educator Bill Nye is poised to launch a crowd-funded space mission ...

    Space Exploration June 21, 2019
  • A new set of eyes heads for space

    Germany’s bold universe observer mission is set for take-off.

    This is a major section of a massive piece of kit called the “extended ROentgen Survey with an Imaging Telescope Arra...

    Space Exploration June 19, 2019
  • NASA trials new safety system before moon launch

    Nose-tip abort mechanism can save the crew if the rocket detonates on lift-off.

    Next stop: the moon! Well, not quite, but soon.This is a version of the crew module that will sit atop an Orion rocke...

    Space Exploration June 13, 2019
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