There are vast quantities of water ice on the moon that represent the potential for extraction and use in rocket fuel. But there are no practical reasons to mine this water.
As space exploration takes off, it will become increasingly important to study and understand sex, intimacy, desire and pleasure off-Earth.
China’s space programme is going from strength to strength.
In the coming decades, governments and private companies will set up permanent bases on the Moon and Mars. And at some point, the first galactic baby will be born.
China’s leading role in the new space race could have a positive effect on geopolitics and science alike.
The Tiangong space station is set to become a second long-term habitat for humans in orbit around Earth.
The first space tourist left Earth 20 years ago aboard a Russian rocket. Now, private companies like Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are offering trips to the stars for those who can pay.
The first space tourist left Earth 20 years ago aboard a Russian rocket. Now, private companies are on the cusp of offering trips off Earth for those who can pay.
Going to the bathroom is much more complicated in space without any gravity. To solve this problem of tricky orbital potty breaks, NASA builds special toilets that work without gravity.
Over the coming decade, the arrival of constellations of small satellites will reshape the space industry. It constitutes a paradigm shift, particularly in terms of data gathering and processing.
How solar power stations in orbit could become a reality in the coming decades.
Humans have been living on the International Space Station for two full decades. So what comes next for this ailing technology, and what does it mean for future International ventures in space?
After two decades as a home to astronauts, the International Space Station still has plenty to teach us about how humans can live away from Earth.
Extreme velocities and temperatures makes the return flight to Earth the most perilous part of a space mission.
A new country launches a mission to Mars. A space expert explains what this means for the Middle East and the African continent.
Why are scientists trying to grow organs at the International Space Station? People live on Earth not in zero-gravity. A stem cell expert explains why it is useful to do these experiments in space.
How do people in a special airplane flight get to float like there is no gravity – just like astronauts? An aerospace engineer explains.
The distance between the ISS and Earth is the same as about 3,850 football fields. To bring the station down, rockets will lower it a bit, and then gravity will send it crashing the rest of the way.
About 770 Australian entities are already developing space-related infrastructure, most of which are privately owned.
To intercept the ISS, the capsule must match the station’s speed, altitude and inclination.