Deep-space journeys will have plenty of downtime.
Astronauts traveling to Mars and beyond would face serious psychological challenges. A well-designed media program – based on an old-fashioned schedule – might help make life at least a bit easier.
Spend many months attached to the ISS and see how well you grow.
If you want to live on Mars, you're going to need to grow food. Seeds are naturally equipped to handle challenging Earth environments, but how well can they survive what they'll encounter off-planet?
Between the Earth and the moon: An artist’s rendering of a refueling depot for deep-space exploration.
Sung Wha Kang (RISD)
To get us to Mars and beyond, a team of students from around the world has a plan involving lunar rovers mining ice and a space station between the Earth and the moon.
Scientists are working out how to grow plants in space, ready to use them as food when we visit other planets.
The European Space Agency is exploring what we can learn from animals about long-term deep sleep.
I’ve seen the future, and the future’s blue.
It's no TIE fighter, but the Dawn probe is driven by the future of spacecraft propulsion: ion engines.
Next, we wait for Philae lander to touch down on the comet.
Out of hibernation, Rosetta stirs at last. As one of the scientists involved in the mission, news that the unmanned spacecraft has woken up and restored contact with Earth comes as a great relief. It contains…
CSIRO scientists have written software that could guide spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, show that the planet Nibiru doesn’t…