SpaceX's launch of astronauts to the International Space Station will make it the first private company to launch humans to space. The effort has ramifications for NASA and spaceflight in general.
May 22, 2020 • ~7 min
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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.
May 20, 2020 • ~10 min
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SpaceX recently launched 60 satellites into orbit around Earth as part of its Starlink programme.
May 13, 2020 • ~6 min
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Fantasy fiction provides more than escapism for young readers.
May 11, 2020 • ~8 min
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About half of incarcerated women in the United States are mothers to children under age 18. Natural spaces within a prison can help maintain their mother-child bonds.
May 8, 2020 • ~9 min
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It is a pretty spectacular achievement to not only rendezvous with an asteroid as it is whizzing around the Sun but also collect a sample. Here's what the researchers learned.
May 7, 2020 • ~6 min
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Female astronauts may be better off avoiding combined hormonal contraceptive pills to control their periods in space, according to new research.
May 7, 2020 • ~7 min
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Has the Sun entered a stage of old age?
April 30, 2020 • ~6 min
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Thirty years ago the Hubble Space Telescope began snapping photos of distant stars, providing a time machine that has taken astronomers back to when the universe was less than a billion years old.
April 24, 2020 • ~9 min
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Tomanowos, aka the Willamette Meteorite, may be the world's most interesting rock. Its story includes catastrophic ice age floods, theft of Native American cultural heritage and plenty of human folly.
April 24, 2020 • ~8 min
Tags: space geology astrophysics museums ice-age meteorites native-americans oregon native-american-culture washington outer-space
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