In the fourth episode of our podcast series, we look at the practical, legal and ethical questions about going to set up base on the moon – and mining its resources.
A Sept. 20 citizen “raid” on Area 51, a secretive military installation long fancied to hold alien remains, has drawn worldwide interest.
As more than a million people have indicated plans to partake in a citizen 'raid' on the famed Area 51 to 'see them aliens,' a scholar on the search for extraterrestrial life weighs in on the hype.
Geologic map of the near side of the moon by Wilhelms & McCauley in 1971.
We have the Apollo missions to thank for a lot of our geological knowledge about the moon.
One giant leap for robotkind? Future space travel will only be possible through extensive advances in space robotics.
The future of lunar exploration and space travel will be possible only through advances in robotic design and implementation.
US astronaut Neil Armstrong on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
When Neil Armstrong stepped on to the Moon 50 years ago this month, Australians saw the images first. Australia even defied bad weather to bring the historic images to the world.
Women have been there in their imaginations.
This second era of space exploration will include a diverse corp of astronauts.
The new era of space exploration is characterized by an emphasis on diversity and international cooperation. But there's a lot of work to do before there's gender equality in STEM fields and at NASA.
Earthrise seen from the moon by Apollo 8.
'Saving the planet doesn’t make compelling TV.' A philosopher gives his take on the legacy of the Apollo 11 moon landings.
Parts of the Apollo missions remain on the Moon, here you can see one of the legs of the base of the lunar landing module.
Just 12 people stepped on the Moon during the Apollo missions, but they left more than just footprints. It's a legacy that needs protecting from damage by any future Moon missions.
The size of the Moon can be deceptive when viewed from Earth.
Just 12 people have walked on the Moon and they'll know better than anyone just how big (or small) the place is. But we can make some comparisons with things on Earth to get a measure of the Moon.
Apollo Lunar Rover - Apollo 15.
Irwin with the LRV on the Moon
In its Cold War race to the moon, the US played Russian roulette with solar storms.
Episode 3 of the To the moon and beyond podcast takes a look at who some of the key players are in the 21st century space race and what they are competing for.
Look at the circular patterns on the Moon’s surface, as seen from Earth.
The Apollo missions to the Moon helped our understanding of the cosmic origin of craters on our lunar neighbour, and here on Earth.
It’s the case of the missing ‘a.’
Nick Lehr/The Conversation via NASA
Armstrong always insisted that he said, 'That’s one small step for a man.' Yet everyone omits the 'a' when they repeat the quote. A linguist tries to get to the bottom of what happened.
Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, humans stepped onto another celestial body and into history.
The first humans to land on the Moon, and the team that got them there, get all the glory. But what about the people who laid the foundation for this effort by mapping the Moon? Who were they?
David Bowie in the film clip for Space Oddity: the song would become an anthem for space exploration with an enduring appeal.
Fifty years ago, on July 11, 1969, David Bowie released Space Oddity. With its adventurous orchestration, unsettling harmonics and melancholy narrative, the now classic song captured a moment.
In episode 2 of The Conversation's new podcast series, we look at how people reacted to the moon landing – and why some still believe it was a hoax.
European Space Agency astronaut Pedro Duque of Spain in the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station in October 2003.
On the 50th anniversary of man's historic moon landing, Pedro Duque remembers how every child wanted to be an astronaut in 1969.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission.
The technologies behind weather forecasting, GPS and even smartphones can trace their origins to the race to the Moon.
Like the majority of people on the planet today, most people in our office are too young to have witnessed firsthand the Apollo 11 moon landing, which took place 50 years ago. It was a giant leap for mankind…