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.
Assembly of the Chang’e 5 orbiter-return capsule.
Some people are nervous about China's growing capabilities when it comes to space exploration.
NASA's new Artemis Accords will clearly test international treaties governing the extraction of resources and bans on territorial claims.
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.
The far side looks a lot like the near side.
NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
The far side of the Moon sees its share of sunlight – it's dark only in the sense that it's mysterious because it's never visible from Earth. Here's why.
Artist’s concept of Beresheet on the lunar surface.
Oshratsl / Wikimedia Commons
The private space race is about to take another great leap as Israel sends a private lander to the moon.
China recently became the first country to land on the far side of the moon.
A pragmatic approach rather than active concealment is to blame for China's lack of research transparency.
A lunar base would likely be built using prefabricated parts in combination with large scale 3D printing.
Can China build a lunar base? Absolutely. Can human beings survive on the Moon and other planets for the long term? The answer to that is less clear.
Scale models of rockets at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s booth at the International Astronautical Congress.
The space industry and global interest in all matters inter-planetary is growing.
China National Space Administration/EPA
The moon's far side looks redder than its near side. An expert explains what the actual colour is.
What will China discover on the far side of the moon?
China just became the first country to land a probe on the far side of the moon. It's a technological achievement and another sign of China's capabilities and ambitions in space.
China has become the first to land on the far side of the moon. And unlike previous uncrewed moon landings, it relied on sophisticated technology rather than luck.
Rocket Lab successfully launched its Electron rocket from the company’s complex on the Māhia Peninsula in New Zealand.
There are plenty of astronomical things to watch out for this year beyond this week's lunar eclipse, including new Moon landings and a space station falling back to Earth.
Who’s rushing? The Chinese Long March 5 rocket lifts off.
Dreams of new footprints on the moon are more about domestic politics than foreign policy.
Private companies are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race, which comes with great opportunities but also huge risks.
That’s no Sturgeon .
The two women at the top of UK politics could be heading for a disagreement.
Far side of the moon, as seen from Apollo 16.
Great discoveries await.
Behold our satellite.
China National Space Administration
The final week in October was widely reported as having been disastrous for space exploration. First we had the explosion of the crewless Antares launcher as it lifted off to take provisions to the International…
China is ramping up its space missions.
The golden age of planetary exploration had voyagers navigating new sea routes to uncharted territory. These territories were then claimed in the name of the monarchs who had financed the expeditions…
Can we go too far humanising machines?
This weekend, the moon’s fortnightly rotation cycle turns China’s lunar rover Yutu (the Jade Rabbit) and its solar panels toward the sun once again … but whether the rover wakes up or not remains to be…