NASA’s Orion spacecraft will be able to take humans further away from Earth than ever before.
From inflatable space stations to trips to asteroids and maybe even Mars, the next decade of human spaceflight will include many exciting firsts.
A render of the BEAM attached to the International Space Station.
Inflatable space habitats, like the one installed on the International Space Station this week, could see wide application in space and planetary exploration.
Gene Cernan driving a lunar rover in December 1972.
The Last Man on the Moon is much more than a biographical documentary – it is a gripping account of human endeavour.
Enceladus, with its warm internal ocean, is thought to be potentially habitable.
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A new theory could change our understanding of the moons in our solar system – and the genesis of life itself.
Scientists pinpoint lunar craters likely to have water from the early solar system.
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A six degree change in the moon's tilt could help us understand the origin of water in the inner solar system, and help us mine our staellite for it, too.
How would people react to mining on the moon?
No one nation should be allowed to go it alone and develop a mining industry in space. It needs an international effort and Australia, with a long history in mining, can play its part.
The 50th anniversary of Luna 9's first soft moon landing reminds us how difficult landing a spacecraft is.
Far side of the moon, as seen from Apollo 16.
Great discoveries await.
The moon can be used to help in the hunt for high energy particles.
When looking for evidence of some of the universe's mysterious high energy particles, why not enlist the help of our nearest neighbour: the moon.
TB145 will miss. But Earth has been hit by countless asteroids in the past.
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An asteroid will flash by the Earth at the weekend. What do we know about it? And what would happen if a such an object did hit us?
The early solar system was once a turbulent place.
The early solar system was a busy place with plenty of meteorite impacts on the new planets and moons. But finding evidence of such impacts on Earth can be tricky.
We got you, Pluto!
In the long lead-up to our ultimate flyby of Pluto, space science has reconfigured our notions of what it means to be a solar system, a planet, a world.
Preparation of Mariner 4 before its fly-by of Mars, exactly 50 years ago.
Exactly half a century ago the US Mariner 4 made the first flyby of Mars. But why are we still doing flybys today?
What can what’s on the moon tell us about our home planet?
The moon might harbor bits of the Earth that blasted off our planet billions of years ago. These lunar time capsules could hold secrets about conditions here at home back when life was first emerging.
Veiled beauty holds many secrets.
Scientists have discovered a huge, elongated cloud of dust over the moon, caused by high-speed bombardment by particles from comets.
Pale Blue Dot – Earth, imaged by Voyager 1 from 6 billion kilometres away.
From a big blue marble to a tiny dot in space -- reflections on our images of Earth.
The moon moves out of totality as seen from Sydney during the December 2011 eclipse.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible from across all Australia this Saturday, April 4. But it will be a quick one. Rather than passing deep into the Earth’s shadow, the moon is skimming close to the shadow’s…
Artist’s concept of the moon-forming collision.
New experiments show that the asteroids that slammed into Earth and the moon more than 4 billion years ago were vaporised into a mist of iron. The findings, published in Nature Geoscience, suggest that…
Cruithne’s wacky orbit around the sun.
It's the satellite you probably didn't know that Earth has. If we could land on it, it could be pretty useful
Not the Red Planet but Utah, one of the more Mars-like areas on Earth.
Elon Musk has built a US$12 billion company in an endeavour to pave the way to Mars for humanity. He insists that Mars is a “long-term insurance policy” for “the light of consciousness” in the face of…