In memory of Neil Armstrong


Explosions in space

The barren polar desert landscape of Devon Island in northern Canada is quite similar to Mars. A small trial base has been established there. Image: Archive

A new era (Dreaming of Mars, part 3)

Setting up a permanent base on Mars may no longer be a dream. The plans are already there, we only need funding. Will we reach Mars by 2030?

One of the atsronauts shaves his head using a razor with a vaccum attachment near the sleeping quarters. Image: ESA/NASA

How do astronauts sleep in space?

After a long day’s work, you’re ready for a good night’s sleep. But it’s a little different if you’re weightless.

Rovers will help us better understand the Red Planet. Image: NASA

Dreaming of Mars, part 2

When the Mariner 9 space probe entered into its orbit around Mars in November 1971, it was met with cheers from the control centre in California, in the US. The probe had been…


Fashion from the stars

Pompeii's guardian: Mount Vesuvius

A view from above

Don't miss the Transit of Venus. Image credit: NASA/LMSAL

In times of Transit

We’re often told that an event or offer is a “˜once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity, something not  to be missed; and usually that’s just hyperbole. But on June 6 we’ll witness an astronomical event that is…

Meteorite ALH84001, aged 4.5 billion years, is one of 10 rocks from Mars that have been found to contain organic carbon compounds. Image: NASA/JSC/Stanford University

Is there carbon on Mars?

New research proves that Mars can produce organic carbon.


Supernova remnant

A 400-year-old supernova explosion creates a spectacular scene.

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