human spaceflight

Design for the Darkness

Designers of future Moon missions and bases have to contend with a chilling challenge: how might their creations endure the fortnight-long lunar night? ESA has arrived at a low-cost way of surviving. During prolonged night,…


A good Moon beating

Meteorites have punched at least 222 impact craters into the Moon’s surface in the past 7 years. That’s 33% more than researchers expected, and suggests that future lunar astronauts may need to hunker down against…


London by night

ESA astronaut Tim Peake took this image of London, UK, from the International Space Station 400 km above Earth. At the time it was midnight in the capital city and, because the Space Station runs…


Going commercial

NASA took a significant step Friday toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil. This is the second…


On our way to Mars? I have my doubts.

NASA has presented a plan to go to Mars. Although NASA has done amazing things with small budgets, and achieved a lot during its existence, leading the exploration of space on many fronts, I’m skeptical…


For the ambitious student: outer space

ESA is inviting university students around the world to compete in designing a mission scenario for the next step in space exploration: a human–robotic partnership for exploring the Moon. The “Human-Enhanced Robotic Architecture and Capabilities…


Protection for astronauts

The CERN Superconductors team in the Technology department is involved in the European Space Radiation Superconducting Shield (SR2S) project, which aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using superconducting magnetic shielding technology to protect astronauts from…