Blasting Earth’s location out to potential aliens is a controversial idea – two teams of scientists are doing it anyway

This year, two groups of astronomers plan to send messages containing information about humans and the location of Earth toward parts of space they think may be home to intelligent life.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
April 29, 2022 ~8 min

Ukraine invasion threatens international collaboration in space and shows how power structures are changing – podcast

Listen to two space experts discuss how the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens international collaboration in space on The Conversation Weekly podcast.

Gemma Ware, Editor and Co-Host, The Conversation Weekly Podcast, The Conversation • conversation
April 28, 2022 ~5 min

Space really needs environmental protection, too

Space is an important environment to preserve on behalf of professional astronomers, amateur stargazers, and Indigenous peoples, researchers argue.

U. Washington • futurity
April 26, 2022 ~7 min

Space Blocs: The future of international cooperation in space is splitting along lines of power on Earth

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.

Svetla Ben-Itzhak, Assistant Professor of Space and International Relations, Air University • conversation
April 21, 2022 ~9 min

MIT scientists develop low-cost, high-precision fabrication method for thin mirrors and silicon wafers

A novel photolithography technique could be a manufacturing game-changer for optical applications.

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research • mit
April 20, 2022 ~8 min

Supermassive black hole ancestor was hiding in plain sight

A newly discovered celestial object can be viewed as an ancestor of supermassive black holes. It was born relatively soon after the Big Bang.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
April 19, 2022 ~7 min

NASA Looks to Build Huge Telescopes with Fluid Materials

VOA Learning English • voa
April 17, 2022 ~6 min

Why the moon’s two faces are so different

Why the two sides of the moon are so different is one of its most enduring mysteries. Researchers now have an explanation.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
April 12, 2022 ~6 min

First Private Astronaut Crew Launches to Space Station

VOA Learning English • voa
April 8, 2022 ~4 min

Axiom launch: why commercial space travel could be another giant leap for air pollution

Expanding the low-Earth orbit economy through increased commercial spaceflight will only push our planet further into its climate crisis.

Eloise Marais, Associate Professor in Physical Geography, UCL • conversation
April 8, 2022 ~6 min