SpaceX astronaut launch: here's the rocket science

To intercept the ISS, the capsule must match the station’s speed, altitude and inclination.

Ian Whittaker, Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nasa astronauts space-exploration international-space-station spacex rocket-science falcon-9

SpaceX astronaut launch: here's the rocket science it must get right

To intercept the ISS, the capsule must match the station’s speed, altitude and inclination.

Ian Whittaker, Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
May 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nasa astronauts space-exploration international-space-station spacex rocket-science falcon-9

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

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 space-exploration spacex space-debris ground-based-telescopes space-commercialisation

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

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:  solar-system  isotopes  moon  space-exploration  earth

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