To safely explore the solar system and beyond, spaceships need to go faster – nuclear-powered rockets may be the answer

An update of 50-year-old regulations has kickstarted research into the next generation of rockets. Powered by nuclear fission, these new systems could be the key to faster, safer exploration of space.

Iain Boyd, Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: space nasa mars space-shuttle moon voyager space-exploration donald-trump future rockets darpa nuclear-fission apollo-11

Nasa: Doug Loverro steps down days before crewed launch

Doug Loverro steps down the week before the US's first crewed launch in almost a decade.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
May 20, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: spacex international-space-station united-states space-exploration nasa

Milky Way’s ‘satellite galaxies’ may shed light on dark matter

Satellite galaxies orbiting the Milky Way galaxy may give researchers insight into dark matter and even the origins of our universe.

Nathan Collins-Stanford • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology dark-matter galaxies space

Mars: Mud flows on Red Planet behave like 'boiling toothpaste'

Scientists make a surprising discovery about the Red Planet by playing with mud in the laboratory.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 18, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: geology mars volcanoes space-exploration

Space Plane: Mysterious US military aircraft launches

The Atlas V rocket, carrying the X-37B space plane, launched from Cape Canaveral on Sunday.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
May 17, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: space-exploration us-armed-forces drones

Wiggly ‘Mini Rover’ can handle otherworldly sand traps

A new kind of "mini rover" moves in could go places that other wheeled rovers couldn't, such as up a sandy hill.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
May 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: featured science-and-technology mars movement planets robots space

Methane observing firm eyes UK for key base

Canadian firm GHGSat, which carries out methane monitoring from space, looks to set up a UK hub.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-science canada greenhouse-gas-emissions space-exploration earth-observation european-space-agency

Space junk: Astronomers worry as private companies push ahead with satellite launches

SpaceX recently launched 60 satellites into orbit around Earth as part of its Starlink programme.

Martin McCoustra, ScotCHEM Chair in Chemical Physics, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
May 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: astronomy spacex space-debris space-exploration ground-based-telescopes space-commercialisation

Could alien microbes make their way to Earth?

A new report digs into plans to protect our planet from alien microbes or cross-contamination from other worlds, also known as "planetary quarantine."

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: featured health-and-medicine alien-life astronauts microbes space viruses

Science fiction builds mental resiliency in young readers

Fantasy fiction provides more than escapism for young readers.

Esther Jones, Associate Professor of English, affiliate with Africana Studies and Women's & Gender Studies, Clark University • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  hubble-space-telescope  science-fiction  fantasy-literature  speculative-fiction  book-censorship

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