The Telstar 1 satellite inspired a chart-topping pop tune, the iconic black-and-white hexagonal Adidas soccer ball, and maybe even a Doctor Who creature, the Mecanoids.
National Physical Laboratory
Protecting culturally significant spacecraft enables people on Earth to feel connected to space as the common heritage of humanity.
The Mayak satellite will unfold a giant reflective pyramid that will be seen from Earth.
It promises to be one of the brightest objects in the night sky once the Mayak satellite unfolds a giant pyramid reflector. But what is it going to do?
Asgardia is calling for unrestricted research but history has given us many examples where this has resulted in unacceptable consequences.
Workers wave flags as the rocket carrying the Shenzhou-9 spacecraft being moved to the launch pad.
We don't know where Tiangong-1 will land but the risk of someone being hit is about 1 in 3,200.
The Changzheng-2F rocket with the Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft carries three Chinese astronauts to the space station Tiangong-1.
We should welcome the fact that amateur astronomers are increasingly keeping tabs on what's going on up above.
It’s pretty busy up there.
Back of the net! Litter-picking mission will leave space junk caught up in a web.
CubeSats upon release from the International Space Station.
Just about anyone can get a tiny, cheap satellite into orbit these days. As we consider how to deploy them responsibly, inspiration comes from an amateur community of enthusiasts.
We need to find a way to break through the potentially disastrous stalemate wherever everyone waits for someone else to clear up the junk in orbit.
Old junk: the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle crashing into Earth’s atmosphere in 2008.
A crashing piece of space junk could be a a good fortune for researchers, despite falling on Friday the 13th.
It’s crowded up there - the many objects tracked in low Earth orbit.
Near-Earth orbits are filled with useful satellites, and also flying junk. If we're not careful they may collide - literally.
Lost in space!
Since the birth of space flight in 1957, the number of man-made objects orbiting the Earth has grown every year. There are now more than 15,000 such objects larger than 10cm, at least those that we know…