The plan to put giant solar panels in space
Is unlimited electricity a good idea? The UK government might soon build mile-wide solar power stations in space that can beam energy back to Earth. It could mean never-ending, green power.
NASA plans human base on the Moon
Should the Moon belong to us all? In October, the US Space Agency discovered water there. Many powerful countries are interested in setting up lunar bases – but who should be in charge?
Moon mission a new era for space travel
Does space travel bring us hope? Experts working on an historical lunar mission say it helps us stay optimistic during hard times – but some people think we should stick to earthly problems.
Brilliant women scientists win Nobel prize
Is science sexist? Two women have made history by sharing the Nobel Prize for chemistry. Only seven women have ever won the award, but the total for men is 180. Some say science must change.
Most likely number of alien worlds is 36
Will we ever meet aliens? According to a recent calculation, it is very probable that other life exists somewhere in the Universe – but it could be too far away for us to get in contact.
Sun wakes up from years of hibernation
Should we be worried about solar storms? Scientists have detected the largest solar flare in three years. The unusual space weather could mean our star is about to become much more active.
Historic mission paves way for space tourism
Should humans go and live in space? Inventor Elon Musk has just sent a manned, reusable rocket into space. It could make space travel a reality for all – but some would rather stay on Earth.
Humans ‘could feel at home’ on new alien planet
Have we found another Earth? Astronomers have discovered a distant planet previously missed by telescopes. The exoplanet has many of the properties needed to make a second home in space.
Astronauts return safely from space
Three astronauts have returned to Earth after more than 200 hundred days living on the International Space Station. Back on board, a brand new crew is settling into life in space.
All aboard the new mission to the Moon
Do you dream of mastering a moonwalk? Humans first set foot on the Moon in 1969. Nearly 50 years later, NASA is developing technology for a new Orion space capsule that means we can go back.
Daring mission to find life on Mars
It’s official! A new American mission will launch next year. It will fly to the Red Planet to search for signs of life. If there ARE little green men up there, we will soon find them.
I want to be the first woman on the Moon
Nasa astronaut Christina Koch just made history by breaking the record for the longest, single spaceflight by a female. Next, she says, she would love to be the first woman on the Moon.
The bike that rides on water!
Imagine pedalling down a river. If you got hot, you could just fall off! This is just one of the many great inventions on show, last week, at the world’s biggest exhibition of new gadgets.
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Flat-Earth conspiracy spreads around the globe
Is it sinister to believe the Earth is flat? Thousands do. In fact, flat-Earthers have recently held huge meetings in Brazil and Italy. But experts fear this strange belief has a dark side.
Runner makes history with miracle marathon
Should the record really count? Last week, Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, but he had some help from technology.