There’s a limit to the amount of oxygen we can carry with us in space – particularly if we want to do long-haul journeys to the Moon and Mars.
If we could go sightseeing across our cosmic neighbourhood, these would be some of the best highlights.
The launch of a new rocket is always an exciting event. SpaceX’s ‘go fast and fail’ approach means that even though the test ended with engineers blowing up the rocket, it was a valuable first flight.
Jupiter’s moon Io has more than 400 active volcanoes on its surface.
It all starts with a cloud of gas and dust.
Our Mars rovers might not be sensitive enough to detect signs of life. But lessons from Antarctica might make future missions more successful.
Agricultural technologies to grow food on Mars can help address climate change, sustainability and food scarcity challenges.
The first ever sound recording of a dust devil on Mars reminds us that there is a lot to learn about how they sculpt the landscape.
China has completed construction of the Tiangong space station, and science projects are now underway. The station is an important piece of China’s ambitious plans for space activity in coming years.
Spacecraft are just a small part of what it takes for humans to become an interplanetary species. A political science professor explains how there is much more to creating a spacefaring society.
A team of scientists have found a surprising amount of water ice on Mars.
A study has found that microorganisms living on Mars billions of years ago may have left the planet uninhabitable.
Sophisticated equipment on the Perseverance rover is helping answer some of the many questions researchers have about Mars’ geology over time.
Douglas Rushkoff’s Survival of the Richest is less about tech billionaires and their ‘bonkers’ escape plans than it is an entertaining primer on the various ills of late capitalism.
Some scientists are keen to send humans to Venus on a flyby.
Discarded pieces of landing gear, crashed spacecraft and wear and tear have produced a lot of debris that is now scattered around the Martian surface.
In an extraterrestrial first, scientists have linked seismic waves on Mars to meteorite impact craters spotted via satellite.
When the Orion Crew Capsule orbits the Moon there will be no one on board. But the mission will mark a key step in bringing humans back to Earth’s dusty sidekick.
By tracking a meteorite found in Morocco back to its origin in an asteroid crater on Mars millions of years ago, scientists can learn more about how the planets formed.
The European space agency will need both a launch vehicle and a lander platform to launch its ExoMars rover without help from Russia.