What planet are these people on?

In 2022 four astronauts will leave Earth for a mission to Mars. A US$6.3 billion project hopes to recoup some of its costs by selling the television rights. And the participants in this TV reality show? Well, they’re probably not coming back. Continue reading What planet are these people on?

“Now, Voyager, sail thou forth”

Science writing – health, climate change, environment, nanotechnology, biotechnology – often gets a poor press. Too technical, too obscure, too fantastic. A joy, therefore, to find a brilliant article in the latest issue of The Smithsonian on the exploration of outer space. Continue reading “Now, Voyager, sail thou forth”