The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been whizzing around the Moon since 2009 collecting loads and loads of data that is going to be very useful for when humans return to the lunar surface.
This article explores what the Moon is made of – not cheese, in case you were wondering. The complex nature of its composition is quite amazing, as is its similarity to the Earth’s chemical makeup.
India launched its first interplanetary mission in 2013, sending the Mars Orbiter Mission to Mars to have a look at the planet’s surface and atmosphere.
The game changer for space is if the cost to get there can be reduced by a magnitude or two. This article looks at non-rocket powered ways to get to space, that might just work.
Kiwinauts to space is how we are going to try and inspire New Zealand to become a space faring nation and get a New Zealander into space – the first kiwinaut.
The price of access to space is changing and this combined with rise of CubeSats and more powerful sensors that can do more for less cost, in both money and weight, is opening up a lot of options that have not been available before.
This article looks at the events that led to the creation of NASA from the context of exploring the role of a national space agency.
and what can we do about it?
The market for low cost access to space is heating up. This article looks at the aerospike engine and how that might influence low cost space launches.
Lagrangian points can be considered gateways to the rest of the Solar System, and why not the gas stations of the future.
If you put something into space then you have to think about what happens to it in the future so that it doesn’t cause problems for anyone else, either in space or on Earth. A […]
The irony of finding alien life as it stands right now is that we must terminate all life on Earth’s instruments and spacecraft sent out there to make absolutely sure that new life is detected…
The International Space Station is due for retirement from 2024 when no one has yet committed any funds for its continued use. This articles reviews what options might then be available after 2024 to replace the current functions.
As a continuation of the theme we have been looking at recently we explore the kinds of traits we would want in the main group of settlers that go to Mars and what we might be able to do know to influence this.
The launch schedule for January, hopefully this will be more successful than last month where a few launches were postponed until this month for various reasons.
We did a bit of thinking about astrosociology and considered how the future of space will be under different scenarios of cooperation between the US, Russia and China.
With all the talk of going back to the moon, we thought it’d be good to recap on who is doing what in the coming years about returning to the Moon.
2018 is shaping up to be a hot year when it comes to the launch systems to be developed to get humans to Mars.
There are a range of space telescopes orbiting at the moment in and around the visible light spectrum. This article gives a quick look at some of them.
Where are the satellites? We hear a lot about GPS, Hubble, the ISS and a load of other satellites, but not often where they are or much about how they got there, or how they stay there.
I was watching youtubes of Saturn V and Space Shuttle launches the other day and was wondering how they manage to get all of the rocket engines firing at the same time so the rockets don’t fall over.