The James Webb Space Telescope is the biggest orbital telescope ever built and is scheduled to be launched into space on Dec. 18, 2021.
The largest orbital telescope ever made will allow astronomers to study the atmospheres of alien planets, learn about how stars form in the Milky Way and peer into the farthest reaches of the universe.
Four people – none of them trained astronauts – launched into orbit aboard a SpaceX Dragon capsule on Sept. 15, 2021.
The Inspiration4 mission sent four civilians to space for three days. Though still funded by a billionaire, the mission is a step forward in the nascent space tourism industry.
An artist’s rendition of a future space colony.
Billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are in a space race, but their endeavours reflect a colonial mentality. This comes at the expense of finding solutions for our current environmental challenges.
Both Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson successfully rode to space on rockets made by their private companies Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, respectively.
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According to a new poll, people across political and demographic lines think the private space race is good for the future but still just an ego trip for the billionaires involved.
Virgin Galactic takes off.
Sir Richard Branson’s successful spaceflight marks the beginning of a new chapter for space tourism.
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.
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Biak inhabitants fear a new space project of Elon Musk, if it goes ahead, will damage their environment, cultures and livelihoods, and potentially displace local communities.
Astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson on the International Space Station with a view many more are likely to see soon.
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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.
Space tourism has been slow to get off the ground.
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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.
A capsular spacecraft, similar to this, will bring Crew Dragon into space.
Exercise is important for astronauts to prevent weak muscles.
Earth orbit is filling up with satellites and space junk. Technological fixes can only go so far to deal with the problem.
Cliffs in ancient ice on Mars.
Space mining might be closer than you think. But legal issues about the ownership of space resources must be urgently addressed to avoid space wars over natural resources.
The space laws designed to protect planets and moons from contamination.
Nasa’s Space Launch System.
SpaceX is due to test fly its Starship in the coming days.
Congestion in the sky.
The shift toward mega-constellations is a challenge for global space governance.
These astronaut footprints on the Moon aren’t protected yet.
Who cares what happens to bootprints on the Moon? All humans should. And thankfully the US Congress and president agree.
We’ve already sent probes to land on Mars. The challenge now is to get people there and bring them home again.
A photo taken from the International Space Station in 2014 shows the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft on the left and the unpiloted ISS Progress 57 cargo craft. Six years later, private players have joined the space race.
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.
Starship prototype test fight.
Starship's groundbreaking design will help it land safely on Mars one day.
A shooting star during the Perseid meteor shower. Soon, thousands of satellites will crowd the night sky.
SpaceX’s satellites will populate the night sky, affecting how we observe the stars. And this is just the beginning of private satellite mega-constellations.