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Smelly tablets survive better in space

Don Tran stands, holding a sample of the tablets that had been to space.

After returning from their trip into space, tablets subjected to the harsh effects of cosmic radiation have shown some unexpected results: those with increased aroma were not degraded as much as those with less taste.

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What will astronauts eat on Mars?

The window of a space shuttle shows the view of a planet.

Forget rocket science: figuring out how crews of space explorers will access fresh healthy food is the real challenge.

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AI for space research delivers back-to-back success in global satellite challenge

The AIML Space Pose Lightbox

South Australia’s leadership in space innovation has been recognised, with a University of Adelaide-led team securing first place in a global AI competition organised by the European Space Agency.

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Grant supercharges development of next-gen batteries

GenX logo

The University of Adelaide’s industry partner PhosEnergy has received a grant under the Federal Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants scheme to work with the University on development of next-generation nuclear batteries.

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Extraterrestrial surface simulation lab launches new chapter in space research

Exterres Lab launch

Today, Thursday 24 March, the University of Adelaide launched its new Exterres Laboratory. The lab, which is the first of its kind in Australia, is an off-Earth surface testing environment for space technology like rovers, which are destined for the furthest reaches of the universe.

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Students’ rovers face simulated lunar missions

ARCh 2021

This weekend teams of students from around the country will compete in the second Australian Rover Challenge (ARCh) held at the University of Adelaide. Students will put their lunar rovers which they have designed and built themselves, to the test in a series of missions performed on a re-creation of the surface of the Moon.

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Launching women on space careers

Galaxy

The University of Adelaide has partnered with Modis Tech Academy and Microsoft Australia in the Tech Start program which aims to support 100 South Australian women to kick-start a career in space, defence and technology.

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Alien organisms – hitchhikers of the galaxy?

Image of People wearing protective suits as part of biosecurity measures.

Scientists warn, without good biosecurity measures ‘alien organisms’ on Earth may become a reality stranger than fiction.

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Space tablets splashdown on Earth

SpaceX CRS-23 Dragon cargo capsule

A batch of pills has returned to Earth after a year of being exposed to the environment inside the International Space Station (ISS). University of Adelaide researchers will check what the effects of some of the highest levels of radiation found beyond the Earth’s atmosphere have had on the tablets.

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Microsoft joins forces with Australian Institute for Machine Learning to soar into space

Nicholas Moretti and Professor Tat-Jun Chin

Microsoft has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Australian Institute for Machine Learning, to jointly explore how advanced cloud computing, AI, computer vision and machine learning can be applied in space, beyond Earth’s surface.

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