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Backpack developed to create a real-time 3D map of the Moon’s surface and help astronauts find their way around the satellite

The researchers plan to miniaturise the equipment, which currently weighs around 18 kilograms, as well as protect the electronic circuits against the effects of solar radiation and microgravity. NASA researchers, in collaboration with Torch Technologies and Aeva Inc, have developed…

The most powerful space telescope ever built will look back in time to the Dark Ages of the universe

Some have called NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope the “telescope that ate astronomy.” It is the most powerful space telescope ever built and a complex piece of mechanical origami that has pushed the limits of human engineering. On Dec. 18, 2021, after…

The Chinese Mars lander: how Zhurong will attempt to touch down on the red planet

For the first few months of 2021, the Martian atmosphere was buzzing with new visitors from Earth. First, it was the UAE Space Agency’s Hope probe, followed by the Chinese Tianwen-1 entering orbit. More recently Nasa landed the biggest-ever rover…

How long for civilization?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein. As the world is trying to hopefully recover from the tragic effects of COVID-19, it is reminded there is no vaccine for the…

Goodbye Moon

Fly me to the moon, but don’t put reactors there By Linda Pentz Gunter Not content to desecrate our terrestrial landscape with hundreds of thousands of tons of nuclear waste — much piled up with nowhere to go, the rest…

Sea levels rising as Antarctica melts

Emily Beament Earth-observing Nasa satellite bounces laser pulses off the ice surface to help measure changes in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Melting ice from Antarctica and Greenland’s shrinking ice sheet has been responsible for a 14mm (0.55in) rise…