• From Sydney to the stars

    Ching Wei Sooi     |      May 1, 2024

    According to a recent survey, the Australian public lacks awareness of global space activities and domestic space endeavours, so, what is Australia is up to in space?

  • The search for extra-solar oceans

    David Rothery     |      April 11, 2024

    There may be oceans inside dwarf planets beyond the orbit of Pluto, just as there are inside several Jovian and Saturnian moons.

  • Voyage to Europa

    Lucinda King     |      April 8, 2024

    If life has developed independently in the vast oceans of Jupiter’s moon Europa, it’s likely the whole universe is teeming with life, so the scientific search is intensifying and a space probe sent to collect dust around Jupiter might even find it.

  • Back to the Moon

    David Flannery     |      February 29, 2024

    Late last week, the American company Intuitive Machines, in collaboration with NASA, celebrated “America’s return to the Moon” with a successful landing of its Odysseus spacecraft.

  • Destination Mars

    Steven Tingay     |      February 8, 2024

    Scientists have been working on ways to colonise Mars for almost a century, and the prospect of human exploration has been increased by the growth of ambitious private space companies like SpaceX.

  • Moondance

    Carol Oliver     |      January 26, 2024

    Private, profit seeking companies are now offering consumers the chance to send human ashes and personal mementoes to the Moon, despite a maze of legal, practical and ethical conundrums.

  • Watch the skies in 2024

    Ali Bramson     |      December 30, 2023

    A range of exciting space missions are planned for 2024, exploring the sun, the moon and the wider solar system.

  • A wonderful year for a moon dance

    Alex Gilbert     |      December 18, 2023

    More than half a century after man last walked on the moon, a record 12 missions from several countries aim to explore it in 2024.

  • A new kind of spirit

    Open Forum     |      December 3, 2023

    The University of Melbourne and the Italian Space Agency have announced the successful launch of SpIRIT, a landmark nanosatellite mission supported by the Australian Space Agency.

  • From Earth to the Moon

    Ayoush Lazikani     |      November 10, 2023

    In the distant wake of America’s moon landings over 50 years ago, India, Japan and other nations are now investing in missions to the Moon, but imagining travel to the Moon has been part of many cultures.

  • Space junk

    Chris Impey     |      October 26, 2023

    The tragedy of the commons observes that common access to a resource can quickly degrade it, and we are now littering low earth orbit in space just as we have polluted the Earth and its oceans.

  • Heaven on Earth

    Chaitanya Giri     |      October 15, 2023

    Meteorites could show us the perfect chemical models we need to end the natural resource crisis — but we don’t have to leave Earth to mine them.