Category: Space Travel

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Can the Moon be a person? As lunar mining looms, a change of perspective could protect Earth’s ancient companion

  The Apollo 17 lunar lander surrounded by tyre tracks. NASA Everyone is planning to return to the Moon. At least 10 missions by half a dozen nations are scheduled before the end of 2021, and that’s only the beginning.…

Can the Moon be a person? As lunar mining looms, a change of perspective could protect Earth’s ancient companion

The Apollo 17 lunar lander surrounded by tyre tracks. NASA Everyone is planning to return to the Moon. At least 10 missions by half a dozen nations are scheduled before the end of 2021, and that’s only the beginning. Even…

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

Earlier this year, it was reported that an astronaut in space had developed a potentially life-threatening blood clot in the neck. This was successfully treated with medication by doctors on Earth, avoiding surgery. But given that space agencies and private…

Coronavirus quarantine could provide lessons for future space travel on how regular people weather isolation

A researcher in a spacesuit on “Mars” outside the Mars Society Desert Research Station in Utah. David Howells/Corbis Historical via Getty Images I was supposed to travel to “Mars” this month. The plan was to stay two weeks at the…

Hurricane Dorian Relief Worker Captures Multiple ‘UFOs’ On Video & Posts It On Youtube

In Brief The Facts:A recent video of multiple ‘UFOs’ has been getting a lot of attention as it circles around the internet. The video was captured at sea by a Hurricane Dorian relief worker. Reflect On:Regardless of whether or not…

Curious Kids: Can people colonize Mars?

In the future, people may be able to go to Mars. Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.com Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Can we colonize…

To the moon and beyond 5: What space exploration will look like in 2069

What will space exploration look like in 2069, a century after the first moon landing? In the fifth and final episode of podcast series, To the moon and beyond, we speak to space scientists about the missions they are dreaming…

Space subjects that will get the world’s attention in 2019 – and beyond

The first few days of 2019 brought remarkable news from outer space. On January 1 NASA’s New Horizons space probe made the most distant planetary flyby ever, and captured images of a small object 4 billion miles away from earth.…

From volcanoes on Mars to scarps on Mercury – how places on other worlds get their names

The New Horizons spacecraft, which flew past Pluto in 2015, successfully completed a flyby of “Ultima Thule”, an object in the Kuiper belt of bodies beyond Neptune on January 1, 2019. The name Ultima Thule, signifying a distant unknown place,…

Curious Kids: What are some of the challenges to Mars travel?

Curious Kids is a series for children. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au You might also like the podcast Imagine This, a co-production between ABC KIDS listen and The Conversation, based…

What happens to the brain in zero gravity?

NASA has made a commitment to send humans to Mars by the 2030s. This is an ambitious goal when you think that a typical round trip will anywhere between three and six months and crews will be expected to stay…

How Canadian technology could protect Space Force troops

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence has announced that the United States plans to establish a “Space Force.” President Donald Trump endorsed the announcement in a follow-up tweet. The response was mixed: Some support, some pushback. The topic also became fodder for…

Space tourism economics – financing and regulating trips to the final frontier

American engineer and businessman Dennis Tito paid US$20m in 2001 to become the world’s first official space tourist. He travelled to the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian Soyuz capsule and then spent eight days on board, prompting some…

Method of making oxygen from water in zero gravity raises hope for long-distance space travel

Space agencies and private companies already have advanced plans to send humans to Mars in the next few years – ultimately colonising it. And with a growing number of discoveries of Earth-like planets around nearby stars, long-distance space travel has…