With its latest Moon mission success, China’s space programme has the US in its sights

China wants to build a lunar base with international partners, just as the US does.

Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the Space Economy Evolution Lab, Bocconi University • conversation
July 4, 2024 ~7 min

Even short trips to space can change an astronaut’s biology − a new set of studies offers the most comprehensive look at spaceflight health since NASA’s Twins Study

A set of papers published in Nature contain groundbreaking research into how even quick jaunts to space can affect an astronaut’s health.

Susan Bailey, Professor of Radiation Cancer Biology and Oncology, Colorado State University • conversation
July 3, 2024 ~9 min

To guard against cyberattacks in space, researchers ask ‘what if?’

Sabotaged space stations, falsified space probe data and faked alien contact are just a few of the scenarios a report on space cybersecurity outlines.

Patrick Lin, Professor of Philosophy, California Polytechnic State University • conversation
July 3, 2024 ~9 min

The science behind splashdown − an aerospace engineer explains how NASA and SpaceX get spacecraft safely back on Earth

Safely landing a spacecraft that’s falling from the sky very quickly is easier said than done.

Marcos Fernandez Tous, Assistant Professor of Space Studies, University of North Dakota • conversation
June 27, 2024 ~8 min

US military project aims to prevent hackers targeting satellites and recognises rising threat of cyberattacks in space

Cyberattacks are a growing threat to government and commercial spacecraft.

Sharon Lemac-Vincere, Senior Teaching Fellow in Space and Cyber, Hunter Centre For Entrepreneurship, University of Strathclyde • conversation
June 27, 2024 ~7 min

Why do some planets have moons? A physics expert explains why Earth has only one moon while other planets have hundreds

It’s not a competition, but if it were, Saturn would be winning.

Nicole Granucci, Instructor of Physics, Quinnipiac University • conversation
June 24, 2024 ~7 min

Space radiation can damage satellites − my team discovered that a next-generation material could self-heal when exposed to cosmic rays

Spacecraft exteriors that automatically heal from radiation damage would change the game − one material shows promise.

Ahmad Kirmani, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science, Rochester Institute of Technology • conversation
June 21, 2024 ~5 min

Small planets may be best targets in hunt for ‘second Earth’

A rocky planet with a large moon may have good potential to host life, given that the moon controls essential aspects for life on Earth.

David Andreatta - U. Rochester • futurity
June 20, 2024 ~7 min

Study: Titan’s lakes may be shaped by waves

MIT researchers find wave activity on Saturn’s largest moon may be strong enough to erode the coastlines of lakes and seas.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News • mit
June 19, 2024 ~9 min

Keeping astronauts healthy in space isn’t easy − new training programs will prepare students to perform medicine while thousands of miles away from Earth

Future space missions will fly farther and longer than ever before – which means crew members may need more involved medical care in space.

Arian Anderson, Emergency Medicine Physician, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus • conversation
June 18, 2024 ~8 min