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Yuriy Mazur/Shutterstock February 3, 2021

Jacco van Loon, Keele University

Aliens might want to contact us for the same reasons we are looking for them.

Could we travel to other universes using wormholes? ktsdesign/Shutterstock January 13, 2021

Andreea Font, Liverpool John Moores University

Calculations show that wormholes should create a spectacular display of gamma rays that we could try to observe.

Scientists have discovered that the gray mouse lemur has the ability to hibernate. (Shutterstock) December 13, 2020

Hanane Hadj-Moussa, Carleton University; Aline Ingelson-Filpula, Carleton University, and Kenneth B. Storey, Carleton University

Gray mouse lemurs are more closely related to humans than mice. They also have the ability to hibernate, and researchers are hoping to learn how to transfer that ability to humans.

NASA / Tracy Caldwell Dyson November 1, 2020

Alice Gorman, Flinders University and Justin St. P. Walsh, Chapman University

After two decades as a home to astronauts, the International Space Station still has plenty to teach us about how humans can live away from Earth.

The Apollo 17 lunar lander surrounded by tyre tracks. NASA August 27, 2020

Alice Gorman, Flinders University

When it comes to managing the tussle for resources on the Moon, we might take lessons from New Zealand environmental law and TikTok ‘witches’.

Shutterstock July 23, 2020

Bacteria can become more deadly and antibiotic-resilient in space. And while more research is needed to figure out how severe the risks are, they could be catastrophic.

It has been estimated that there will be one surgical emergency every 2.4 years on a mission to Mars. T. Trapp/BJS Surgery July 8, 2020

Nina Purvis, King’s College London

Space agencies are seeking new ways to be prepared for a surgical emergency on a mission to Mars.

Shutterstock June 9, 2020

Steven Moore, CQUniversity Australia

The distance between the ISS and Earth is the same as about 3,850 football fields. To bring the station down, rockets will lower it a bit, and then gravity will send it crashing the rest of the way.

NASA Kennedy/Flickr June 1, 2020

Cassandra Steer, Australian National University

About 770 Australian entities are already developing space-related infrastructure, most of which are privately owned.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft onboard is raised into a vertical position on the launch pad at Launch Complex 39A. NASA/Bill Ingalls May 22, 2020

Wendy Whitman Cobb, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies

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.

A researcher in a spacesuit on “Mars” outside the Mars Society Desert Research Station in Utah. David Howells/Corbis Historical via Getty Images April 20, 2020

Inga Popovaite, University of Iowa

Understanding isolation’s effects on regular people, rather than those certified to have ‘the right stuff,’ will help prepare us for the future, whether another pandemic or interplanetary space travel.

NASA/Pat Rawlings, SAIC January 22, 2020

Adam Hawkey, Solent University

An expert explains the challenges of a mission to Mars for younger readers.

In the future, people may be able to go to Mars. Gorodenkoff/Shutterstock.com September 30, 2019

Anita Sengupta, University of Southern California

The first Martian might just be a human being.

‘Mad’ Mike Hughes stands beside his rocket in his roadside launch area near Amboy, California in November 2017. PAUL BUCK/EPA August 15, 2019

Ian Whittaker, Nottingham Trent University

An equation from the 1890s can help us work out how high Hughes can actually reach with his homemade rocket.

July 31, 2019

Miriam Frankel, The Conversation and Martin Archer, Queen Mary University of London

The fifth episode of the To the moon and beyond podcast series explores where we will be travelling in 2069.

Scale models of rockets at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s booth at the International Astronautical Congress. FOCKE STRANGMANN/EPA January 13, 2019

Keith Gottschalk, University of the Western Cape

The space industry and global interest in all matters inter-planetary is growing.

The solar system’s largest volcano Olympus Mons on Mars, seen by Viking 1. NASA/JPL December 31, 2018

David Rothery, The Open University

Naming features on other worlds is a trickier issue than you might think.

If you went to Mars, you’d need to be able to survive an extremely punishing environment. This picture, taken by NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, gives you an idea. NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. November 26, 2018

I’ve worked with NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Project for 16 years. If you got yourself a ticket to Mars, here’s how I’d advise you to prepare. And by the way, any mistake could kill you.

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station in 2012. NASA November 19, 2018

Damian Bailey, University of South Wales

New research has uncovered exactly what happens to the brain when astronauts are in space.

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence speaks about the creation of a United States Space Force on Aug. 9, 2018 at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) August 16, 2018

Fiona E. McNeill, McMaster University

Could Canadian technology play a part in the newly announced U.S. Space Force? A team at McMaster University has developed an instrument that could keep Space Force troops safe from radiation.


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