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 donald-trump space-shuttle moon apollo-11 space-exploration voyager future rockets darpa nuclear-fission

Coronavirus quarantine could provide lessons for future space travel on how regular people weather isolation

Understanding isolation's effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have 'the right stuff,' will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel.

Inga Popovaite, Ph.D. Candidate in Sociology, University of Iowa • conversation
April 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: psychology mars isolation self-isolation space-exploration relationships space-travel sociology gender-roles space-mission group-dynamics group-behaviour team-work domestic-duties

ExoMars2020: how coronavirus played a part in postponement of Mars mission

Delay has turned space mission ExoMars2020 into ExoMars2022.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
March 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  coronavirus  mars  esa  space-exploration

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