The Red Planet is bad for humans in all kinds of ways, and being first there may be little consolation if you die before you even reach the surface.
If only politics worked half as well as space exploration.
Eureka! We've found Beagle2 – now, where did Philae go?
Ian Stewart shows how maths is changing cosmology, and explains why the best way to reach a comet near Mars is to go round the back of the sun.
Michael Brooks’s Science Column.
Reflecting heat back into space, seeding the ocean with iron, simulating the effects of volcanic dust - the problem with thinking big about fixing the climate is that the massive risks are far more expensive than the known costs of simply not screwing the planet up in the first place.
The ESA wants to test a 3D printer in orbit because this is likely to be the best place and method of building the equipment that will take us further out.
Governments are setting their sights on missions to Mars and the moon but private companies are focused on shorter excursions into space. Their motivation is simple: there’s money in it.
The latest iteration of Icke’s meta-narrative involves the Archons, an ancient race of reptilian psychopaths who have hijacked our perception of reality in the manner of The Matrix.
A team from MIT estimated how long it would take for the mission to experience its first fatality. The answer: 68 days. The second group would arrive to find the first pioneers had been dead for more than a year and a half.
Mars has become the destination of choice for ambitious space agencies and nations. Now India is among that group.
Either our understanding of how stars form needs a big overhaul, or one of the current missions of the European Space Agency could turn out to be something of a white elephant.
It’s increasingly becoming clear that space is a more hospitable environment than was assumed.
This ball of rock and ice formed at the same time as our solar system and should, if predictions are correct, contain complex organic molecules, the same stuff as terrestrial life is made from.
After a ten year chase, Rosetta became the first ever spacecraft to intercept and go into orbit around a comet - and over the next 18 months will begin searching for clues left over from the earliest moments of our Solar System.
Erica Wagner on a new biography of the space pioneer.
The United Arab Emirates now has its own space agency, and plans to launch a mission to Mars by 2021.
Hopefully, we'll soon be launching a mission to Mars from the UK.
Gravity is pathetic and so is our understanding of it.
The European Space Agency's Gaia telescope is so powerful, it see stars with power akin to measuring the width of a human hair at a distance of 500 km.
A legal loophole has made it impossible to say who can claim the moon - but with a wealth of minerals and "rare earth" elements, plus huge potential for space exploration, we'll have to get up there and fight it out.
Within a few decades, we will have the technological ability to send humans to the red planet - as long as they don't want to come back home again.
One of Kepler’s most exciting discoveries was proving the existence of circumbinary planets: planets that orbit two stars, which are themselves bound together by gravity in an often-tight orbital dance (just like Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine i
While volcanic eruptions disrupt life in Indonesia, elsewhere in our solar system they might be making it interesting.
If the ESA succeeds, Rosetta’s findings could be some of the most valuable on the early history of our solar system.
Who’d be a comet in this era of rolling news coverage and internet commentary?
2013 TV135 is meant to be a 410m space rock of death, but it's OK - there's a 99.998% chance it'll miss us.
Whether we’re trying to find out where it came from, or how to siphon off some of its energy, grappling with the moon is harder than it looks.
A review of <em>Science, Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence</em> by David Wilkinson.