Asteroid Bennu: successful touchdown – but sample return mission has only just begun

Bennu will tell us about our own origins as much as about the origin of asteroid Bennu.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar-system asteroid space-exploration near-earth-asteroids

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

Tags: nasa space-exploration international-space-station spacex rocket-science

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

Tags: nasa mars space-exploration alien-life extraterrestrial-life mars-rover

UAE Mars mission: extraordinary feat shows how space exploration can benefit small nations

In just a few years, the Hope mission has boosted UAE's economy and science capacity.

Neil Morisetti, Vice Dean (Public Policy) Faculty of Engineering Sciences, UCL • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: mars space-exploration uae

Neowise: an increasingly rare opportunity to spot a comet with the naked eye

Neowise has an orbit of almost 6800 years, meaning that the last generation of people to see it would have lived during the 5th millennium BC.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: astronomy history-of-science space-exploration comets

The UAE's Mars mission seeks to bring Hope to more places than the red planet

A new country launches a mission to Mars. A space expert explains what this means for the Middle East and the African continent.

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space mars india russia united-states space-exploration japan international-space-station united-arab-emirates mars-exploration space-race

From floating guts to 'sticky' blood – here's how to do surgery in space

Space agencies are seeking new ways to be prepared for a surgical emergency on a mission to Mars.

Nina Louise Purvis, Postgraduate Researcher in Space Medicine, King's College London • conversation
July 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: surgery mars astronauts space-exploration space-travel

Have you got what it takes to become an astronaut in the new era of human spaceflight?

Empathy and scientific knowledge will be key for astronauts looking to travel to Mars.

Adam Hawkey, Associate Professor, School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences, Solent University • conversation
June 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: nasa astronauts esa space-exploration spacex space-tourism

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

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