Engineering Space

Can we really deflect an asteroid by crashing into it? Nobody knows, but we are excited to try

Deep Dive

Nasa’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Dart) spacecraft is designed to be a one hit wonder. It will end its days by crashing into an asteroid at 24,000 kilometres per hour on September 26. Launched from Earth in November 2021, Dart is about the size of a bus and...

6 things you missed today in Space News

Long Read

Today was a very busy day in space news. It's a sign of the times that today saw six major bits of space-news pass without much fanfare. Only a few years ago any one of these stories would have been major news across all tech outlets, but with...

Understanding what the first James Webb images actually show?

Deep Dive

James Webb telescope: a scientist explains what its first, amazing images show – and how it will change astronomy After decades of development and many trials and frustrations along the way, the James Webb telescope has finally started to deliver what it came for. On July 12, Nasa released...

Nasa considers sending swimming robots to habitable ‘ocean worlds’ of the Solar System

Deep Dive

Nasa has recently announced US$600,000 (£495,000) in funding for a study into the feasibility of sending swarms of miniature swimming robots (known as independent micro-swimmers) to explore oceans beneath the icy shells of our Solar System’s many “ocean worlds”. But don’t imagine metal humanoids swimming frog-like underwater. They...

Free – James Webb wallpaper pack to celebrate its first images

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This week NASA dropped the first images from the James Webb space telescope ... and we think it would be fair to say they have exceeded the most optomistic expectations of what we were going to see. To celebrate we have optimised five of our favourites wallpapers to...

Inmarsat trial to boost GPS performance in the UK

Long Read

London based Inmarsat is looking to augment GPS performance across the UK in a new trial of UKSBAS – the UK Space-Based Augmentation System. The trial will test out a new overlay system aimed to improve the performance of GPS signals across the country. The project is being...