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

Four amazing astronomical discoveries from ancient Greece

From the Moon's size to the first calculator, the ancients made some jawdropping discoveries without modern technology.

Ian Whittaker, Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
April 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: astronomy moon ancient-greece sun earth

How the moon formed – new research

The Earth and the Moon were long thought to be virtually identical in composition. Now we know they are not.

Christian Schroeder, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science and Planetary Exploration, University of Stirling • conversation
March 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  moon  solar-system  isotopes  space-exploration  earth

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

Tags:  space  feminism  nasa  mathematics  space-shuttle  race  racism  science  moon-landing  civil-rights  segregation  scientist  hidden-figures  apollo-11  katherine-johnson

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