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A Secret Code to the Cosmos is Hidden in the Light

Are you watching the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey – the scientific documentary television series? I am, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it! The series is a follow-up to the 1980 television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by […]

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Mars Colony Development: Mars One Supplier Update

All of the greatest explorations undertaken by humanity have been hindered by unexpected variables, the Mars One mission is no exception. The first settlers on Mars are currently projected to begin colonization in 2025, making homo sapiens an inter-planetary species. With […]

DSS-43 at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

Space Open Day at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex

The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC), located on the rural outskirts of Canberra at Tidbinbilla, is one of only three NASA deep space tracking stations spread around the globe. On Sunday 18th August, as part of National Science Week […]

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Women in Space: Judith Resnik

This article is one of a series of articles in which I will profile every woman astronaut, cosmonaut and taikonaut who has been into space.  Last time we looked at the career of Sally Ride. Today I’m profiling astronaut Judith […]

A false-colour view of Australia during the drought season. Credit: NASA images created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained courtesy of USDA FAS and processed by Jennifer Small and Assaf Anyamba, NASA GIMMS Group at Goddard Space Flight Center

Should Australia have its own space agency?

Despite its lack of a space agency, Australia has a rich space heritage. Its telescopes, many of which are set up in desert areas, provide excellent views of the nighttime sky. It has dishes that stay in touch with NASA […]

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ArduSat: Kickstarting a new era in space education

I was awake at stupid o’clock last Sunday morning to watch NASA’s livestream of the launch of the HTV-4 resupply vehicle. At precisely 05:48:46AM AEST, JAXA H-IIB F4 launch vehicle lifted off smoothly en route to resupply the International Space […]

The Kirobo robot that will be on board the International Space Station. Credit: ToyotaEurope (YouTube screen shot)

Astronauts And Some Australians Get Lonely. How To Fix? This Robot Could Be A Start.

Living alone can be an isolating experience, whether you’re in a remote area of the Outback, in a condo in downtown Sydney, or floating in the International Space Station. In the latter spot, to be sure, there are other astronauts […]

Working in space is just slightly more remote than working in the Outback. Credit: NASA

The astronaut as an Outback handyman or handywoman

Perhaps the ultimate expression of Australian self-sufficiency is those workers in the remote areas of the Outback, digging for oil or dinosaur treasure or perhaps using a telescope to gaze at the stars, far from light pollution. In much of […]

Australia's Murchison Widefield Array, a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array. Credit: SKA

Spiders on Mars? No, An Australian Radio Telescope!

Those white insect-like things you see in the picture are not spiders on Mars, but the array that they’re a part of could help astronomers understand how the universe and its life came to be. What you see there is […]

The University of Queensland Scramspace team with a smaller prototype of the 1.8m long hypersonic scramjet. Credit: University of Queensland

Australian scramjet test illustrates the importance of suborbital research

Space rocket launches tend to get a lot of attention in the media, particularly when humans are on board. There’s something a little … strange … about watching a human-made object make it into orbit, even as we’re well into […]

Researchers simulate Mars exploration during a 2008 NASA Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies) exercise in Arizona. Credit: NASA

Could Australian Terrain Help Train Future Mars Explorers?

How do you rehearse for a Martian space trip? Simulations can only bring astronauts so far when they’re figuring out a mission. A typical person training for the International Space Station can expect a combination of classroom work, spacewalk rehearsals […]


Pluto’s new moons named: Spock still homeless

The dwarf planet, Pluto, can still generate plenty of public interest – if the naming of its two recently discovered moons is anything to go by. After their discovery, the leader of the research team, Mark Showalter, called for a […]


Explosions visible from across the Universe

Gamma ray bursts are the most violent and energetic events in the entire universe. Powerful blasts of high energy gamma radiation, bright enough to be seen from literally the very edge of the visible Universe. And yet, we know surprisingly […]

One of NASA's Vanguard satellites. Vanguard 1, launched in 1958, remains the oldest human object in orbit. Credit: NASA

Is That Satellite Junk? Or An Important Piece of Australian History?

Please don’t go all Chicken Little on us, but do be aware: there’s thousands of pieces of metal orbiting above your head. Many of these satellites are dead (read: out of fuel and uncontrollable.) And if one happens to smash […]

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