Space debris: Smart solutions sought to make orbital traffic safer

Image copyright ClearSpace/EPFL/J.Caillet Image caption Artwork: The ClearSpace-1 mission will de-orbit a component from a Vega rocket The UK Space Agency (UKSA) wants to hear from anyone with novel ideas for how to track all the pieces of debris now moving in orbit. UKSA has £1m to dispense in grants for smart new solutions. There

Sir Richard Branson: Virgin Orbit rocket fails on debut flight

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit company has tried unsuccessfully to launch a rocket over the Pacific Ocean. The booster was released from under the wing of one of the UK entrepreneur’s old jumbos which had been specially converted for the task. The rocket should have ignited its engine seconds later but engineers had to terminate

Millions of periodical cicadas to emerge in parts of US

Image copyright Universal Images Group via Getty Images Image caption A 17-year periodical cicada up close After spending 17 years underground, millions of cicadas will be emerging in parts of the United States. Periodical cicadas are expected to come out in early summer across southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina, and in West Virginia. The

Nasa SpaceX launch: Astronauts complete rehearsal for historic mission

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption The crew went so far as to strap themselves into the Crew Dragon capsule Nasa astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have completed their dress rehearsal for Wednesday’s flight to the International Space Station. The mission, the first crewed outing from American soil in nine years, will see the pair

Nasa SpaceX launch: What’s the mission plan?

Image copyright NASA Image caption Bob Behnken (L) and Doug Hurley (R) are beginning a new era in human spaceflight On Wednesday, the California company SpaceX will launch a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). It’s something the firm has done many times before, taking cargo to the sky-high laboratory. But on this occasion,

Nasa SpaceX launch: Who are the astronauts?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Bob Behnken (L) and Doug Hurley arrived in Florida on 20 May to prepare for launch On 27 May, two US astronauts will achieve a world first when they launch to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard a spacecraft built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Here, BBC News profiles the astronauts

Nasa SpaceX launch: 10 questions about the mission

Image copyright SpaceX Image caption Crew Dragon will become the first commercial spacecraft to carry humans to the space station Elon Musk’s company SpaceX is about to launch its space vehicle – the Crew Dragon – with astronauts onboard for the first time. Here, we answer some common questions about the mission. Why is a

Canada v US: Loon stabs eagle through heart

Image copyright Jon Winslow / Department of Inland Fisheries Image caption Loons have been known to defend their chicks against eagles As with global affairs, nature has its pecking order. And in a contest between the bald eagle, America’s national bird, and a common loon, which is featured on Canada’s dollar coin, few would bet

Nasa SpaceX crew mission cleared to launch

Image copyright SpaceX Image caption Astronauts Doug Hurley (R) and Bob Behnken (L) are the chosen crew for the mission Key officials at the American space agency (Nasa) and private launch firm SpaceX have signed off next week’s historic mission to the space station. Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will ride to orbit from

Coronavirus: Immune clue sparks treatment hope

Image copyright Getty Images UK scientists are to begin testing a treatment that it is hoped could counter the effects of Covid-19 in the most seriously ill patients. It has been found those with the most severe form of the disease have extremely low numbers of an immune cell called a T-cell. T-cells clear infection

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