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  • Flags of member nations flying at United Nations Headquarters in New York. Space Security

    Protecting our space interests

    The diplomacy of space security is a difficult realm in which to assess progress. There are no set benchmarks and little movement on which to base a call as to whether matters are progressing or regressing and to a degree it resembles a ‘glass half full or half empty’ type of determination.

    January 2017
  • looking for a snowball effect Special Reports

    Elon Musk and Mars - looking for a snowball effect

    In the first of two ‘Special Report’ articles for ROOM on future Mars exploration, Stephen Ashworth of Oxford University’s Voltaire Foundation examines the Musk - Mars phenomenon and asks what is behind the entrepreneur’s expansive vision to colonise the red planet.

    January 2017
  • The German Antarctic research station Neumayer-Station III Space Environment

    Hi-tech greenhouse to test plant cultivation technologies in Antarctica

    In the blockbuster film The Martian stranded astronaut Mark Watney, presumed dead after a fierce storm on the surface, famously grew potatoes as a means to help him survive the hostile planet whilst awaiting rescue.

    November 2016