• SpaceXplosion

    Wendy Whitman Cobb     |      April 21, 2023

    The loss of the first SpaceX Heavy – the world’s largest rocket – and its Starship payload on its first test flight is just an expensive hiccup towards eventual success.

  • Europa report

    Mike Sori     |      April 14, 2023

    While people have speculated about life on arid Mars or cloudy Venus for hundreds of years, the best chances of discovering alien forms lies in delving into the liquid oceans beneath the ice caps of Jupiter’s moons.

  • Space treaties and Australia

    Stacey Henderson     |      April 8, 2023

    There’s growing recognition of the importance of space to Australia’s economic, social, and national security interests and Australia may soon find itself torn between its obligations under international space law and its involvement in internationally collaborative space activities.

  • Could current rovers find life on Mars?

    Belinda Ferrari     |      February 24, 2023

    New research published in Nature Communications suggests the equipment carried by Mars rovers might not be able to detect life on the Red Planet, even if it exists there, as it can fail to do so on Earth.

  • Australia in space

    Namrata Goswami     |      February 10, 2023

    Australia needs a broad strategy to ensure its rightful place in the international space and security order.

  • The search for life

    Alan Stevenson     |      February 3, 2023

    Technological advances are improving our ability to detect signs of alien intelligence in the universe, but would we be able to recognise it if we found it?

  • The trouble with rubble

    Open Forum     |      January 24, 2023

    Curtin University-led research into the durability and age of an ancient asteroid made of rocky rubble and dust, revealed significant findings that could contribute to potentially saving the planet if one ever hurtled toward Earth.

  • Five space missions for 2023

    Ian Whittaker     |      January 1, 2023

    Interest in the space sector remains high and with a tranche of bold advances and launches due in 2023, we are entering a new phase of progress echoing the “Golden era” of space launches in the 1960s and ’70s.

  • From the outback to orbit

    Open Forum     |      December 6, 2022

    How does a young girl from Wollongong studying Industrial Chemistry at UNSW Sydney go on to become an astronaut trainee with the European Space Agency?

  • Unlocking the secrets of Wasp-39B

    Joanna Barstow     |      November 30, 2022

    Data from NASA’s James Webb space telescope is unveiling the chemical make-up of an exoplanet, offering another step forward in the search for extra-terrestrial life.

  • New space education project is out of this world

    Scott Sleap     |      November 29, 2022

    The award of a Churchill Fellowship will allow an Australian educator to learn from leading space experts at NASA, top tier universities and an international space exploration conference in Houston, Texas to enrich his teaching of STEM students at home.

  • Smith and Houston, we have a problem

    Marcus Hellyer     |      November 25, 2022

    The two independent leads of Australia’s defence strategic review, Stephen Smith and Angus Houston, have got their work cut out for them.