Tag: Space Race
NASA celebrates spectacular ride to Jupiter
On Independence Day, NASA pulled off its hardest mission ever: inserting a 3.5 tonne probe into Jupiter’s orbit. The technology involved is astounding. Are we witnessing a new space race?
UK plans Earth’s second spaceport by 2018
The UK government plans to build a commercial spaceport by 2018 and is pressing ahead in developing its space industries. But is Britain already falling behind its rivals in the space race?
China moon landing signals new age of exploration
The Chinese robot Jade Rabbit has become the first rover to make tracks on the moon in 42 years. With China planning a permanent lunar base, is this the start of a new space age?
India’s Mars mission launches Asian space race
India is bidding for global prestige with an ambitious unmanned voyage to Mars. But with hundreds of millions of citizens locked in poverty, does the government have its priorities wrong?
China takes lead as supercomputer race hots up
The great powers are racing against each other to build the world’s most advanced thinking machine. The latest rankings show China in pole position. Should the rest of us be worried?
US space shuttle returns to Earth for the last time
Atlantis will reach Kennedy Space Station tomorrow morning. Thirty years after the ambitious space shuttle programme began, is the project a triumph or an embarrassment?