A science-driven marathon, or a colonial sprint?
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 […]
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 […]
Mars is our closest hope for life beyond Earth. 3.8 billion years ago, when life was starting here, Mars was habitable, with surface water and a thick atmosphere. Now, it is cold, dry and harsh. Professor Andrew Coates discusses the ExoMars rover mission and the possibility of past or present life on Mars.
Anne Petzold finds that robots might help long space flights just by being good company
What do organic materials detected by the Mars rover reveal about the potential for ancient life on the Red Planet?
As the upper atmosphere gets privatised, NASA aims for the further reaches of the solar system …