Space Exploration

Radiation on Mars trip near lifetime limit

Astronauts are hit with gamma rays and solar flares. Photo: AP

Astronauts who travel on future missions to Mars would likely be exposed to their lifetime limit of radiation during the trip, not to mention time spent on the Red Planet, scientists said.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 2:44am

First music video recorded in space? Brought to you by our favourite tweeting astronaut

CSA (Canadian Space Agency) astronaut Chris Hadfield performs aboard the International Space Station a revised version of David Bowie's song Space Oddity. Photo: EPA

Commander Chris Hadfield leaves the International Space Station after five months with a fitting tribute

14 May 2013 - 1:01pm

Hong Kong dentist helps Europe's search for life on Mars again

The ExoMars rover will be sent to space in 2018 to gather samples that may offer more clues on whether life could be sustainable on Mars. Photo: AOES Medialab/M. Thiebaut

New tools Dr Ng Tze-chuen has designed have been accepted and more are being considered for the ExoMars rover mission scheduled for 2018, a joint project of the European Space Agency and Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos.

2 Apr 2013 - 10:21am

35 years after launch, Voyager 1 still in earth's solar system

An artist's image of what Nasa's Voyager 1 might see on its trip.

The Voyager 1 probe was fired into space to observe the outer planets and the mysterious interstellar medium that lies beyond the solar system on September 5, 1977, as Elvis was topping the charts with Way Down.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:43am

Curiosity Mars rover collects historic first bedrock sample

A self-portrait of Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity positioned on a patch of flat outcrop billed "John Klein". Photo: Reuters/Nasa

Using a drill at the end of its robotic arm, Curiosity bore a hole 6.4cm deep into the rock, generating powder for evaluation, Nasa said in a statement.

10 Feb 2013 - 11:27am

2013 will be a bumper year for space science: European Space Agency

A photo taken by the European Space Agency shows nearly 200 000 light-years from Earth, the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, floats in space. Photo: AFP

European probes this year will return a treasure trove of data from explorations into the Big Bang, water on Mars and climate change, European Space Agency chief Jean-Jacques Dordain said.

27 Jan 2013 - 5:29am

Nasa brings bounce to outer-space living

An artist’s impression of how the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) balloon-like module would look when attached to the International Space Station. Photo: Reuters

Nasa is partnering with a commercial space company in a bid to replace the cumbersome “metal cans” that now serve as astronauts’ homes in space with inflatable bounce-house-like habitats that can be deployed on the cheap.

17 Jan 2013 - 11:46am

Curiosity discovers soil on Mars is like sand in Hawaii

Images released by Nasa show the Curiosity rover taking a scoop of dirt from the surface of Mars. The rover uses an X-ray imager to analyse the atomic structure of crystals discovered in the soil. Photo: AP

In the first inventory of minerals on another planet, Nasa's Mars rover Curiosity found soil that bears a striking resemblance to weathered, volcanic sand in Hawaii, scientists said.

The rover employs an X-ray imager to reveal the atomic structures of crystals in the Martian soil, the first time the technology has been used to analyse soil beyond earth.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

SpaceX's Dragon capsule returns from historic ISS mission

The unmanned Dragon capsule during its splashdown a few hundred kilometres off the Baja California coast. Photo: AP

An unmanned space freighter carrying a stash of precious medical samples from the International Space Station has parachuted into the Pacific Ocean, completing the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with Nasa.

30 Oct 2012 - 4:05am

Nasa looks at setting up space base gateway to Mars

The International Space Station is just 400km from Earth.

Top Nasa officials have picked a leading candidate for the agency's next major mission: construction of an outpost that would send astronauts further from Earth than they have yet been.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Hong Kong scientists may join space missions

Scientists from Hong Kong could be headed into space to join their compatriots aboard China's planned space station, it was revealed yesterday - as the country's first woman astronaut arrived in the city.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Shenzhou IX back from orbital lab

Shenzhou IX's re-entry capsule undershot its touchdown target yesterday morning, landing in uneven terrain that the ground-rescue team took some time to reach, but the astronauts emerged healthy and smiling after their successful mission.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Shenzhou makes textbook docking

China completed its first manual space docking yesterday, a landmark step in the country's programme to build a space station by 2020.

The Shenzhou-IX spacecraft and its three-person crew, including the country's first spacewoman, Liu Yang, docked with the Tiangong-1 space module at around 12.50pm, with state television covering the event live.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

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Aung San Suu Kyi

24 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Space city in the desert not so secret

Dongfeng Space City sounds hi-tech but it looks plain.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am