Mars missions from China and UAE are set to go into orbit – here's what they could discover

If China succeeds, it will be the first country ever to visit and land on Mars on its first try.

Daniel Brown, Lecturer in Astronomy, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Feb. 5, 2021 ~7 min

How Mars became the prize for the new space race – and why China is hellbent on winning it

India has already managed what China has not.

Steffi Paladini, Reader in Economics & Global Security, Birmingham City University • conversation
Feb. 4, 2021 ~7 min

SpaceX vs NASA: who will get us to the Moon first? Here's how their latest rockets compare

SpaceX is due to test fly its Starship in the coming days.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Jan. 29, 2021 ~8 min

Five ways artificial intelligence can help space exploration

Artificial intelligence can help us venture further in space.

Audrey Berquand, PhD Student in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Strathclyde • conversation
Jan. 25, 2021 ~8 min

Six space missions to look forward to in 2021

India may land on the Moon this coming year, while Nasa will launch its new, powerful rocket farther into space than any other human rated spacecraft.

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Jan. 1, 2021 ~7 min

SpaceX Starship prototype exploded, but it's still a giant leap towards Mars

Starship's groundbreaking design will help it land safely on Mars one day.

Hugh Hunt, Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration, University of Cambridge • conversation
Dec. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Lunar gold rush could create conflict on the ground if we don't act now – new research

Companies and space agencies alike will have to compete for very few useful sites on the Moon.

Tony Milligan, Senior Researcher in Ethics with the Cosmological Visionaries project, King's College London • conversation
Dec. 9, 2020 ~7 min

Mars colony: how to make breathable air and fuel from brine – new research

It is becoming increasingly clear that there is plenty of brine on Mars.

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University • conversation
Nov. 30, 2020 ~8 min

Chang'e 5: China launches sample return mission to the Moon – is it winning the new space race?

Some people are nervous about China's growing capabilities when it comes to space exploration.

John Bridges, Professor of Planetary Science, University of Leicester • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

Chang'e 5: China to launch sample return mission to the Moon – is it winning the new space race?

Some people are nervous about China's growing capabilities when it comes to space exploration.

John Bridges, Professor of Planetary Science, University of Leicester • conversation
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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