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The search for our beginnings

On January 5, 2015

“Volcanologists go to volcanoes for their field work, but meteoriticists never go to asteroids!” Shogo Tachibana is an associate professor at Hokkaido University and one of the key scientists on the team behind Japan’s new Hayabusa2 mission. As he talked, he plucked from a shelf in his office a small grey rock embedded in a […]

Tim Peake is not the first Briton to go into space, but his mission marks an important milestone

On May 31, 2013

Last week, Britons got some exciting space news. Astronaut Tim Peake has been selected to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015 on a five month mission. This isn’t exciting news simply because Peake is a Briton, it’s exciting because he’s the first Briton to make it through the astronaut selection process and […]

Mars One mission could go horribly wrong — if it ever gets off the ground

On April 24, 2013

For the space-inclined, the week got off to an interesting start on Monday with a press conference from the team behind Mars One, the Dutch not-for-profit organisation that’s planning to broadcast the establishment of the first human settlement on Mars like a reality TV show. It was a fascinating conference, more for what the Mars […]

Where will humans be in the future of spaceflight?

On April 10, 2013

Broadly speaking, spaceflight can be divided into two camps: manned missions and unmanned missions. And historically, both have been received very differently since we can relate to humans better than we can to robots. On the one hand are the Apollo manned Moon landings that riveted the world in the late 1960s and the more […]