Space & Astronomy
Features and explainers covering space science, practical astronomy and foreign travel – from space debris in Earth orbit and missions to Mars to dealing with light pollution back on terra firma. Selected articles below.
Voyager: A Family Portrait of our Solar System
The tumultuous tale of the twin Voyager spacecraft, the longest space mission humankind has ever launched and the only one to have breached interstellar space. This is the mission that rewrote the textbooks with every flyby. [Read as PDF]
La Palma’s Forgotten Skies
On location report from the Roque de Los Muchahos Observatory in the Canary Islands, home to several professional telescopes and some of the clearest skies in northern Europe. [Read as PDF]
Should we be concerned about space junk?
Interview with space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock on how the growing amount of detritus in low-Earth orbit could cause us problems in years to come. [Read as PDF]
The oceans of the Solar System
Great bodies of water exist on other worlds in our cosmic neighbourhood. We just can’t see them. [Read as PDF]