Lunar mining and moon land claims fall into a gray area of ​​international law, but the negotiations are underway to avoid conflict and damage to spacecraft

Making territorial claims in space is illegal under international law. (Image credit: NASA/Neil Armstrong) This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The contributed the article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Michelle LD Hanlon (opens in new tab)Professor of Air and Space Law, University of Mississippi It’s been 50 … Read more

Exposed! International Space Station tests organisms, materials in space

EXPOSE-R2 flight hardware with dried cells of Chroococciopsis sp. 029 mixed with Martian regolith analog to simulate Mars-like conditions for the BIOMEX experiment on response of melanin-containing fungi to space. After exposure, the cells were returned to Earth and rehydrated for DNA sequencing. Credit: Roscosmos/ESA Space may look empty, but it contains extreme temperatures, high … Read more

A Remote Surgical Robot is Going to the International Space Station

In the near future, NASA and other space agencies will send astronauts beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO) for the first time in over fifty years. But unlike the Apollo Era, these missions will consist of astronauts spending extended periods on the Moon and traveling to and from Mars (with a few months of surface operations … Read more

SpaceX cargo ship on course for docking at International Space Station – Spaceflight Now

A SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule loaded with more than 5,800 pounds of supplies and experiments is set to dock with the International Space Station at 11:20 am EDT (1520 GMT) Saturday, delivering a NASA instrument to study the mineral content of dust storms and several small CubeSats. The unpiloted supply ship launched Thursday evening from … Read more

Stronger integration of international negotiations needed to protect the ocean

by Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies eV (IASS) Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain International solutions are needed to protect the ocean. Two sets of regulations currently under development offer an opportunity to expand protections, but a greater degree of alignment between the two must be achieved. In a new article published in Frontiers in Marine Science, … Read more

Melting Arctic ice could transform international shipping routes, study finds

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain With climate change rapidly warming the world’s oceans, the future of the Arctic Ocean looks grim. Climate models show that parts of the Arctic that were once covered in ice year-round are warming so quickly that they will be reliably ice-free for months on end in as few as two decades. … Read more

International team visualizes properties of plant cell walls at nanoscale

Scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy, a nondestructive technique in which the tip of the probe of a microscope scatters pulses of light to generate a picture of a sample, allowed the team to obtain insights into the composition of plant cell walls. Credit: Ali Passian/ORNL, US Dept. of Energy To optimize biomaterials for reliable, cost-effective … Read more

International satellite to track impacts of small ocean currents

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will explore how the ocean absorbs atmospheric heat and carbon, moderating global temperatures and climate change. Though climate change is driving sea level rise over time, researchers also believe that differences in surface height from place to place in the ocean can affect Earth’s … Read more

Russia Says it’ll Quit the International Space Station Over Sanctions. Also, Russia Says a lot of Stuff That Doesn’t Happen

When Russia sent its armed forces into Ukraine amidst accusations of Nazism and NATO aggression, it left most of its credibility behind. What’s left of its credibility is in shreds as Russia lurches towards pariah status. That’s what happens when you unleash your military on your peaceful neighbor and when the body count grows alongside … Read more

Space Blocs: The future of international cooperation in space is splitting along lines of power on Earth

In the next decade, both a US-led group and a collaboration between Russia and China aim to set up bases on the moon. (Image credit: Theasis/iStock via Getty Images) This article was originally published at The Conversation. The contributed the article to’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Svetla Ben-ItzhakAssistant Professor of Space and International … Read more