What’s Next: Predicting the Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2018

Despite a successful 2017, with reports of a genetically modified human embryo and vast improvements in machine learning, 2018 is poised to be even bigger.

Why Conduct Experiments in Space?

The Soyuz MS-02 rocket launch on Wednesday 19th October in Kazakhstan. A very similar rocket took Tim Peake and Time Ronke up to the ISS in 2015 (Source: NASA/Joel Kowsky) It’s been a big week for space – with a mars rover crash landing, a successful launch of three new astronauts to join the team […]

From Mars to the multiverse: life, space and the cosmos with Martin Rees

Astronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society Lord Martin Rees presents the 2016 Peter Lindsay Memorial Lecture. Unmanned spacecraft have visited the other planets of our Solar System (and some of their moons), beaming back pictures of varied and distinctive worlds – but none propitious for life. But prospects are far more interesting […]

The Descent to Mars

This article is taken from the Winter 2011 issue of I, Science. Joel Winston deconstructs the creative mechanism planned to help land NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover next year, and what this might mean for the evolution of space exploration. As Mars continues to intrigue us and yield ever more ambitious missions, even greater technological advances […]

5 Space Breakthroughs of 2011

With the New Year comes the inevitable question of resolutions – how will you better yourself in 2012? The familiar answers of getting fit, losing weight, saving money and the like are a bit jaded, although surprisingly resolutions have been proven to make a huge difference to how we accomplish our desired goals. With this […]

NASA’s Curiosity: destination Mars!

Launch of NASA’s Curiosity rover a success. NASA’s Curiosity rover was launched today at 10:02 a.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41, on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. At the time of writing this article, the spacecraft has been off the ground for approximately 2.5 hours, winging its way through space to the […]

You Mars be joking

When Giovanni Schiaparelli tilted his telescope towards Mars in 1877, he was hardly expecting to answer one of humanity’s enduring questions: are we alone in the Universe? Yet, what he found sparked almost a century of heated debate about whether he had done just that. The Italian observed a series of long, straight lines, or […]

Is this the end for space travel?

Atlantis, the Space Shuttle, landed for the final time last week and ended thirty years of routine space flight. NASA has since been fighting to prove it’s not given up on space exploration, and that there are plenty more missions to make with new, better technology. “The things that you’ve done will set us up […]

Podcast: Episode 3 – Lift off

Science writer and producer Piers Bizony takes a retrospective look at NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, astrobiologist Lewis Dartnell discusses space bacteria and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life and we ask Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees if we’ve any hope of getting to the red planet. Presented by Thea Cunningham and featuring reporters Camila Ruz, Thomas […]

Martian Musings

It’s getting a bit hot down here; climate change, political conflict and whatnot. Fancy relocating to Mars? It’s only 36 million miles away, about a nine month journey using a minimum energy trajectory. No problem, surely? Of course, nine months is a long time to be exposed to solar radiation, which can cause damage to […]

Space Ageing

This week, the Space Shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth for the final time. Following this mission, NASA plans to send only one more shuttle into orbit. It will then retire its ageing shuttle fleet after a total of 135 spaceflights. For many, this decision is long overdue. Running a space agency is a very expensive business […]

Yin and Yang

by Adrian Giordani What do alien life and pregnancy tests have in common? These concepts seem worlds apart but UK scientists have been performing technological alchemy with instruments designed to search for life on Mars. The ExoMars mission is the first attempt to locate organic material from samples one to two metres just below the […]

From the editor – Winter 2009

by Adrian Giordani Happy New Year and welcome to the first I, Science of the new decade. We have worked tirelessly to bring you the latest news from science topics, both domestic and international. Discover what methane may mean for microorganisms on Mars and the consequences of the Copenhagen Climate Conference for subsistence farmers in […]