Weightlessness affects how our cells develop and divide.
Avoid while pregnant or trying to conceive: smoking, drinking, space travel.
Russia controls six modules aboard the International Space Station.
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The head of the Russian space agency announced that the country will withdraw from the International Space Station after 2024. A space policy expert explains what this means and why it’s happening now.
Time dilation might seem like science fiction, but it’s not. There are astronauts circling the Earth right now who are experiencing it – though luckily nowhere near as much as Buzz Lightyear.
The greenhouse at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is the only source of fresh food during winter.
Scientists just grew plants in soil from the Moon, but Antarctica has long provided researchers with the perfect place to test their agricultural techniques for a future in space.
Russia threatened to withdraw from the International Space Station over sanctions imposed on the country following its invasion of Ukraine.
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Listen to two space experts discuss how the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens international collaboration in space on The Conversation Weekly podcast.
In the next decade, both a U.S.-led group and a collaboration between Russia and China aim to set up bases on the Moon.
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In the past 10 years, international alliances on Earth have begun to expand into space. Nations with similar interests collaborate with one another while competing with other space blocs.
The crew consisting of pilot Larry Connor of the United States, commander Michael López-Alegría of Spain and the United States, and mission specialists Mark Pathy and Eytan Stibbe from Canada and Israel.
If the mission goes well, private company Axiom Space will move on to building a space station.
Could Russia crash the ISS?
From harming satellites to crashing the ISS, the Ukraine war could soon extend to space.
The International Space Station is run collectively by the U.S., Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and Canada.
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What happens to the International Space Station when tensions on Earth rise? A space policy expert explains how the ISS is run and how Russian aggression has threatened its operation in the past – and now.
The end of an era.
The plans to destroy a space station as large as the ISS have never been carried out before.
The students produced 33 experiment vials, which were boarded on the SpaceX Crew Dragon 24 and launched in December.
How will they bring the structure back safely? And where will the surviving components crash?
We have only sent people to the Moon six times so far.
A space station on the Moon could be built out of lunar concrete.
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NASA is backing four commercial space station projects. The newcomers may find they have much to learn about how people really live in space.
Artist’s view of traceable debris around the Earth - the debris is shown magnified relative to the size of the Earth.
A Russian satellite has been destroyed in a missile strike, creating a vast amount of debris that joins the tens of thousands of pieces already in orbit around the Earth.
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A close call for the International Space Station highlights the growing problem of space junk putting satellites at risk.
Building a moon base will require extensive resources and infrastructure.
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.
It’s important to understand sex and eroticism in space.
(Photo by Nong Vang on Unsplash)
As space exploration takes off, it will become increasingly important to study and understand sex, intimacy, desire and pleasure off-Earth.
Chinese astronauts Tang Hongbo, Nie Haisheng, and Liu Boming during ceremony before heading to Tiangong.
China’s space programme is going from strength to strength.
A permanent Moon colony could become a reality in a few decades.
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.