Quickest we could visit another star is 69 years – here’s how

Of all the stars in the sky, you might assume the closest to the sun would be the easiest to visit. But this may not be the case. René Heller at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, Germany, says we could reach and orbit Sirius, the brightest star in our night sky, in just 69 years. This is despite the fact that … Continue reading Quickest we could visit another star is 69 years – here’s how

The Moon could have its own mobile data network as soon as next year

A European group of scientists has announced plans to be the first commercial company to land on the Moon, with a launch expected next year. Part Time Scientists, or PTScientists, hopes to send a pair of small rovers to the final landing site of the US Apollo programme. The rovers will hitch a ride on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Read more on WIRED Continue reading The Moon could have its own mobile data network as soon as next year

Asteroid clay is a better space radiation shield than aluminium

The huge rocks that hurtle through space may prove to be lifesavers for astronauts. Clays extracted from asteroids could be used on deep space missions to shield against celestial radiation. Radiation from cosmic rays is one of the biggest health risks astronauts will face on long space missions, such as a proposed trip to Mars or settlement on the moon. A 2013 study suggested that … Continue reading Asteroid clay is a better space radiation shield than aluminium

This light-propelled probe could orbit exoplanets and hunt for alien life

Decades of research has shown it is theoretically possible to journey beyond our solar system in the hunt for alien life on exoplanets. Putting this theory into practice is a different beast altogether, and one of the greatest challenges is how to slow down any spacecraft we send when it arrives at the far reaches. Read more on WIRED Continue reading This light-propelled probe could orbit exoplanets and hunt for alien life