João Lousada is a flight director at the International Space Station (ISS) and an analogue astronaut for the Austrian Space Forum, taking part in missions that simulate living conditions on the red planet. His dream of going to Mars led him to apply for ESA astronaut selection campaign.
Mirosław Hermaszewski was the first and, so far, only Polish cosmonaut in space. On 26 June 1978, he was launched into space on the Soviet spaceship Soyuz 30 at an altitude of 363 km. Now 80, the Major is still considered a national hero in Poland.
Born in Cali, Colombia, Diana Trujillo moved to the U.S.A. at seventeen with just 300 dollars in her pocket. Now, she is a successful aerospace engineer at NASA. She headed the team responsible for designing the robot arm of Perseverance rover.
Apparently, we are free to decide between one action or another, but is this really so? Colombian philosopher and professor Juan Pablo Hernández discusses the idea of freedom, starting with our fundamental decision-making organ: the brain.
Can life be explained through mathematics? Is the universe entirely mathematical? And what is the best way to learn this subject? Renowned researcher and full professor Nuno Crato shares his particular vision on these intricate mysteries.
When the first humans arose on Earth, viruses were already here. For a long time, they lived in a delicate balance but human disruption in ecological environments of wildlife unravelled it. Colombian physician and epidemiologist Manuel Tiberio Ayala decodes this intricate evolutionary game.
On a cosmic timescale, the history of the most widespread species of animals on Earth is as brief as the blink of an eye, showing us how magnificently insignificant humans are in the grand scheme.
Viruses transmit between species, a phenomenon increasingly frequent due to human invasion of many habitats. That is the case of SARS-CoV-2, explains Pedro Simas, virologist, which adapted extremely well to a host whose population is of nearly 8 billion people.
Is life some sort of a miracle or merely an unremarkable example of a widely spread cosmic phenomenon? Beyond Earth, the chances of life existing nearby are there. As well as possibly the answers that help explain the existence of life on Earth
The near future is packed with exciting life detection missions. By looking to the same organic molecules that make up life on Earth, scientists try to find signs of extraterrestrial life in the solar system. Portuguese astrobiologist Zita Martins discusses the challenges of these quests.
When people think of light, they think of what the eyes can see. However, most of the light that exists in the universe is invisible to the human eye. Colours don’t stop at red or violet and reality is way more than meets the eye. Take a look at the other side of vision.
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