Wednesday 16 November 2022

ARTEMIS 1 on its way to the moon

                                         The 32-storey tall, most powerful rocket ever built so far

has successfully lifted off this morning 

on its test journey towards and around the moon.

Link to: Jonathan Amos's article for BBC Science

Wednesday 2 November 2022

Harvesting and beaming solar energy from space


Emma Woollacott's recent article for the BBC

neatly summarizes what the basic concept

and related current projects are all about.

Link to: "How solar farms in space might beam electricity to Earth"

Thursday 20 October 2022

Sunday 15 May 2022

Zhurong still going strong


For exactly a year today

China's Tianwen-1 probe has been busy

exploring and adjusting to its harsh Martian environment.

Link to: "Tianwen-1 mission marks first year on Mars"

Friday 13 May 2022

Growing plants in lunar soil


Recent experiments have shown that

"terrestrial plants are capable of growth in lunar regolith"

but that major "metabolic challenges need to be surmounted".

Link to: "NASA-funded study breaks new ground in plant research"

Link to: "Plants grown in Apollo lunar regolith present stress-associated transcriptomes that inform prospects for lunar exploration"