Apollo landers, Neil Armstrong's bootprint and other human artifacts on Moon officially protected by new US law

Who cares what happens to bootprints on the Moon? All humans should. And thankfully the US Congress and president agree.

Michelle L.D. Hanlon, Professor of Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi • conversation
Jan. 12, 2021 ~9 min

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I'm an astronomer and I think aliens may be out there – but UFO sightings aren't persuasive

Scientists are not convinced by the current evidence of UFOs. That doesn't mean that they don't exist. But have Americans' belief in UFOs gone from science to a new religion?

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
Dec. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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From Space Force to Artemis: what Joe Biden presidency may mean in orbit and beyond

With a new president in the White House and NASA's chief administrator resigning we can expect changes to space policy.

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Nov. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Water on the Moon: research unveils its type and abundance - boosting exploration plans

Two new studies significantly advance our understanding of water on the Moon and where to find it.

Mahesh Anand, Professor of Planetary Science and Exploration, The Open University • conversation
Oct. 26, 2020 ~8 min

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A 4G network on the Moon is bad news for radio astronomy

Radio telescopes are incredibly sensitive to phone network interference.

Emma Alexander, PhD Candidate in Astrophysics, University of Manchester • conversation
Oct. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx will land on an asteroid to bring home rocks and dust – if it can avoid Mt. Doom

OSIRIS-REx will touch down on asteroid Bennu, collect a sample of the dust and begin its journey back to Earth, where scientists will study it, hoping to learn secrets of the solar system's origin.

Elizabeth Cantwell, Professor of Practice for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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The detection of phosphine in Venus' clouds is a big deal – here's how we can find out if it's a sign of life

News that Venus may harbor life has swept the globe. So how do we find out for sure? A planetary scientist explains what's next.

Paul K. Byrne, Associate Professor of Planetary Science, North Carolina State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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The detection of phosphine in Venus' clouds is a big deal – here's how we can find out if it really is life

News that Venus may harbor life has swept the globe. So how do we find out for sure? A planetary scientist explains what's next.

Paul K. Byrne, Associate Professor of Planetary Science, North Carolina State University • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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SpaceX: Crew Dragon is returning to Earth – here’s when to hold your breath

Extreme velocities and temperatures makes the return flight to Earth the most perilous part of a space mission.

Heather Muir, PhD in Computational Physics, University of Cambridge • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~6 min

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Mars 2020: the hunt for life on the red planet is about to get serious

The Perseverance rover onboard Mars 2020 is our best bet for finding life on the red planet.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

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