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Is this how space travel will look some day? ‘Sulu, punch it!’ Shutterstock

If Earth falls, will interstellar space travel be our salvation?

Some climatologists argue it may be too late to reverse climate change, and it’s just a matter of time before the Earth becomes uninhabitable – if hundreds of years from now. The recent movie Interstellar…
National Transportation Safety Board inspectors with a tail section of SpaceShipTwo. National Transportation Safety Board/Wikimedia Commons

Five space travel accidents that shaped the modern era

Last week was a particularly grim one for private space flights. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave Desert, about 150km north of Los Angeles, killing a pilot, Michael Alsbury, and seriously…
A co-pilot on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo (seen here in 2010) died after the spacecraft crashed in the Mojave desert. EPA/Mark Greenberg/Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo cost a life, so why do we still use human test pilots?

Tragically, the experimental spaceplane SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave desert during a test flight on Friday, killing one pilot and injuring another. It is not clear what went wrong, and the coming…
With private space missions just around the corner, we need to think about keeping important lunar sites safe. Cultsofhteshadow/Flickr

One giant leap for preservation: protecting moon landing sites

Who will preserve the first lunar landing site at Tranquility Base for future generations? It seems an odd question given the fact that this extraordinary archaeological site was created on July 21, 1969…
Boeing’s CST-100 selected as a passenger spacecraft. Boeing

Boeing and SpaceX are building new ‘space taxis’ for NASA

After a four-year competition, NASA has announced it has selected Boeing and SpaceX to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The contract - worth US$6.8 billion - was announced as part…
One day, if you’re lucky. Niall Kennedy

Despite risk, kids can be space flight pioneers

Humanity is standing on the cusp of a huge technological leap. Commercial space flight could place something that has been the preserve of a chosen few (around 500 people) who’ve completed years of gruelling…
US tycoon and first space tourist Dennis Tito revealed plans on 27 February, 2013, to send a couple to Mars in 2018. Sergei Chirikov/EPA

Commercial space travel: a new frontier for health

US millionaire, former rocket scientist and the world’s first private space tourist, Dennis Tito, has announced that he will be sending a couple on a round trip to Mars. And this isn’t the only trip into…

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