Backgrounder

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Backgrounder

The quest for life beyond Earth is a multi-century rollercoaster that’s captured our imaginations, raised our hopes, dashed those hopes, and then raised them again. Learn more in this Sky Science backgrounder.

Learn More about Astrobiology & the search for life beyond Earth

Learn about the different 'neighbourhoods' in the Milky Way in this Sky Science backgrounder.

Learn More about Astronomy 101: Deep space objects

Learn the various ways that we explore Space around us through this Sky Science backgrounders

Learn More about Astronomy 101: How to explore

Learn about the many pieces that make up our solar system in this Sky Science backgrounder

Learn More about Astronomy 101: The Solar System

Three of the basic needs of humans on Earth are food, air and water.

Learn More about BASIC HUMAN NEEDS IN SPACE

This backgrounder explains the difference between planets, dwarf planets and small solar system bodies.

Learn More about Classifying objects in the solar system

This backgrounder has information about both cosmic & neutron radiation.

Learn More about Cosmic & neutron radiation

This backgrounder discusses the factors that affect the amount of cosmic radiation people receive on long-distance flights.

Learn More about Cosmic radiation and aviation

Mars is visible in the night sky without the help of a telescope, so it has fascinated people for thousands of years. The next big step is a human mission to Mars.

Learn More about DESTINATION MARS

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and Mars, the fourth planet from the Sun, is our closest planetary neighbour.

Learn More about Earth and Mars: Comparison of Planetary Neighbours