‘We are not forever chained to this planet’
Three cheers for Neil Armstrong, the twentieth-century embodiment of man’s age-old yearning to explore and discover.
|Tuesday 7 August 2012|
A bold step towards
putting man on Mars
NASA’s technological triumph of landing the Curiosity rover on the Red Planet is a testament to human ingenuity.
|Tuesday 12 July 2011|
After Atlantis, America comes down to Earth
The final space-shuttle flight shows that Obama lacks the vision to inspire the world the way JFK did 50 years ago.
|Tuesday 12 April 2011|
Yuri Gagarin’s brave, brilliant leap into the dark
On the 50th anniversary of the first manned spaceflight, James Woudhuysen praises Gagarin’s daring - and says we need more of it today.
|Monday 17 May 2010|
Keep quiet... there might be aliens listening
Stephen Hawking’s warning to avoid contact with extra-terrestrial life reveals his pessimism towards humanity.
|Tuesday 6 April 2010|
What on Earth is the UK Space Agency for?
Timandra Harkness reports from the anti-climatic UKSA launch, where no one seemed to be reaching for the stars.
|Friday 18 December 2009|
The spectacular discovery no one is talking about
One month ago, NASA made one of the most important discoveries of our lifetimes: water on the moon. Why aren’t we more excited about it?
|Friday 3 July 2009|
NASA: ‘Risk is the price of progress’
A brilliant documentary on the Apollo missions reminds us that, yes, going to space is a risky business, but it's worth it.
|Monday 29 June 2009|
Let’s go back to the
moon — and beyond
As the 40th anniversary of the first manned moon landing approaches, backward attitudes here on Earth have tainted our view of lunar exploration.
|Friday 17 October 2008|
Apollo 13: a triumph over adversity
A TV doc reminds us that even failed space missions can be inspiring. Surely it’s time we returned to the moon?
|Thursday 4 October 2007|
Sputnik: when American fears went into orbit
When the Soviets put the first man-made satellite into space, 50 years ago today, the event launched an era of US self-doubt that continues to this day.
|Wednesday 3 August 2005|
Retreating from the final frontier
There should be more to space travel than delivering groceries to the International Space Station.
|Friday 6 February 2004|
Holes in the space mission
Forget Bush's short hop to the Moon - it's time to boldly go to Mars.
|Tuesday 16 September 2003|
'The future was cancelled'
How the space age fell to Earth.
|Friday 7 March 2003|
Next stop Mars
After Columbia, NASA needs a mission. And what better than a manned flight to the red planet?
|Thursday 13 February 2003|
The end of the space race?
The different reactions to the Challenger disaster in 1986 and the Columbia explosion in 2003 show changing visions of life on Earth.
|Monday 3 February 2003|
After Columbia: why we must still boldly go
spiked editor Mick Hume in The Times (London).