• Space Tourism: Holidaying For The Ultra-Rich?

    On the 28th April 2001, US millionaire Dennis Tito became the first private civilian to venture into space, spending over a week at the International Space Station. Cashing out a massive $20 million for a place on the Russian Soyuz rocket, Tito would become the catalyst for other adventure-seeking...
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    Practising The Clean-Up Of Space

    Christina Giallombardo Looking up at the night sky with the naked eye and seeing nothing but darkness and a few stars, it’s hard to imagine the sheer volume of space debris (also known as space junk) orbiting the Earth. The space junkyard gives us a glimpse back in time....
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    The Great Conjunction 2020: Celebrating The Winter Solstice

    Adam Goriparthi In a celestial phenomenon termed ‘The Great Conjunction’, Jupiter and Saturn are set to align just in time for Christmas – appearing so close that they look like they have become ‘one’. The celestial giants will be particularly close together this month in a spectacle that will...
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    Black Hole Researchers Awarded 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics

    Aleyna Adamson  The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three scientists for their discoveries on black holes. One half of the prize was awarded to Roger Penrose for his discovery that black holes are a direct result of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The other half was...
  • Space Week 2020 Quiz

    Matthew Bird Space Week 2020 may be over, but how much have you been paying attention? Complete the quiz below to find out! Comment your scores below and share to Facebook and Twitter to see if you beat your friends! Find all of our Space Week 2020...
  • Salt Water Lakes On Mars

    Aleyna Adamson In 2018, a group of Italian researchers announced evidence to suggest the presence of subsurface lakes at Mars’ southern pole using data from MARSIS (The Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding). Aleyna Adamson looks at some new data which sheds light on the nature of...
  • A Brief History of Space Exploration

    Christina Giallombardo Humans have always looked to the stars and dreamed of exploring the unknown. The development of rocket technology during the mid-20th century allowed us to do just that. In this article, Christina charts our history of space exploration. Following the end of WW2, the two superpowers of...