Artemis: how ever changing US space policy may push back the next Moon landing

The effects of the pandemic and recent engineering concerns with the new and still unflown Space Launch System may delay the Artemis programme.

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Feb. 25, 2021 ~8 min

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

7 lessons from 'Hidden Figures' NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson's life and career

NASA scientist Katherine Johnson was instrumental in getting people to the moon. Here are some of the lessons one mathematics professor believes she taught us all.

Della Dumbaugh, Professor of Mathematics, University of Richmond • conversation
Feb. 26, 2020 ~7 min