• Could Australian join the race to mine the moon?

    Andrew Dempster     |      February 18, 2019

    It’s 50 years since man first stepped on the Moon. If and when we return, the plan is not to leave footprints, but to mine it for resources, so what contribution can Australia make towards this goal?

  • Why belief in a flat Earth is increasing

    Anders Furze     |      January 12, 2019

    The Earth is demonstrably a sphere, and yet belief in a ‘flat Earth’ is increasing. However amusing at first glance, this misapprehension points to people’s increasing preference for ill informed internet bubbles rather than expert analysis or fact based critical thinking.

  • Will China’s moon landing start a new space race?

    Wendy Whitman Cobb     |      January 9, 2019

    China’s rise is posing a challenge in space as well as planet Earth for the USA and its allies. However just as competition with the USSR advanced technology in the 1960s, a new space race should generate opportunities as well as threats.

  • We have a Christmas comet

    Jake Clark     |      December 15, 2018

    We’re in for a pre-Christmas treat this weekend, as the cosmos entertains us with two equally exciting gifts: the Geminid meteor shower and the interplanetary comet 46P/Wirtanen.

  • The problems with small satellites – and what Australia’s Space Agency can do to help

    Duncan Blake     |      December 11, 2018

    Australia is part of the global explosion in space industries – including the design and engineering of satellites smaller than a loaf of bread – and Australia’s new space agency can help tackle some of the problems associated with this expansion.

  • Australia takes a new lead in astronomy research

    Open Forum     |      December 8, 2018

    Australian scientists will lead the design phase of a multi-million-dollar project to help one of the world’s most powerful optical telescopes produce images up to three times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope.

  • In sight of the red planet

    Paulo de Souza     |      November 28, 2018

    The latest spacecraft to complete the journey to Mars, NASA’s Insight lander, continues mankind’s long held fascination with the red planet.

  • What to make of ‘Oumuamua

    Steven Tingay     |      November 20, 2018

    We will never see ‘Oumuamua again, and we may never know exactly what it is, but its passing will have changed the world if it makes more children contemplate a career in science.

  • Where to next on the final frontier?

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 13, 2018

    A critical mass of participants, initiatives and developments are riding a wave of government enthusiasm and private-sector support for Australia’s space industry. It’s a good time to be involved in the sector, but what should its priorities be from here?

  • Australia should become a leader in strategic space diplomacy

    Annie Handmer     |      November 1, 2018

    Now that we have a dedicated space agency, we have an opportunity to influence international behaviour through strategic space diplomacy by overtly espousing a non-militaristic approach. The key question is whether the Australian Space Agency’s strategic focus should be on science or on commerce.

  • We can send people to Venus

    Ian Whittaker     |      October 20, 2018

    While the surface of Venus is utterly hostile, it should be possible to float in its clouds and study a planet which was once Earth’s twin and may hold clues for the future of climate change.

  • Australia probes space mystery

    Open Forum     |      October 12, 2018

    Australian researchers using a CSIRO radio telescope in Western Australia have nearly doubled the known number of ‘fast radio bursts’— powerful flashes of radio waves from deep space.