Ian O'Neill

About Ian O'Neill

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Hello! My name is Ian O'Neill and I've been writing for the Universe Today since December 2007. I am a solar physics doctor, but my space interests are wide-ranging. Since becoming a science writer I have been drawn to the more extreme astrophysics concepts (like black hole dynamics), high energy physics (getting excited about the LHC!) and general space colonization efforts. I am also heavily involved with the Mars Homestead project (run by the Mars Foundation), an international organization to advance our settlement concepts on Mars. I also run my own space physics blog: Astroengine.com, be sure to check it out!

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Here are my most recent posts

How Long Does it Take to get to the Moon?

by Ian O'Neill November 7, 2013

This article was originally written in 2008, but we’ve now updated it with this spiffy new video. In a recent interview, Richard Branson outlined his vision for Virgin Galactic’s future. Once tourists are taken into Earth orbit, it seems possible that space hotels could be developed for longer stop-overs in space. He then went on […]

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UFOs, a Green Venus and Sun Gobbling? Isn’t That Going a Little Far, Mrs Hatoyama?

by Ian O'Neill September 3, 2009

“While my body was asleep, I think my soul rode on a triangular-shaped UFO and went to Venus.” This might sound like a quote taken from the ramblings of a conspiracy theorist or the chant from someone who spent an hour too many at an Amsterdam coffee shop, but it wasn’t. Actually, these are the […]

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NASA is Running Out of Plutonium

by Ian O'Neill May 8, 2009

Decommissioning nuclear weapons is a good thing. But when our boldest space missions depend on surplus nuclear isotopes derived from weapons built at the height of the Cold War, there is an obvious problem. If we’re not manufacturing any more nuclear bombs, and we are slowly decommissioning the ones we do have, where will NASA’s […]

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Did a Russian Home Get Hit by Progress Space Debris?

by Ian O'Neill May 8, 2009

The Russian supply ship for the International Space Station successfully launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 2:37 pm EDT (10:37 pm Moscow time) on Thursday to carry 2.5 tonnes of supplies to the orbiting crew. Progress 33 will take over from Progress 32 that was filled with rubbish and unwanted instrumentation and de-orbited on […]

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Panspermia Flower Power

by Ian O'Neill May 6, 2009

Panspermia is a hypothesis that suggests life isn’t an Earth-only affair. The seeds of life may have spread throughout the Solar System and beyond via chunks of rock or comets, encountering planetary bodies, transporting spores or bacteria to other worlds. In short, we could be living in a cosmic ecosystem linked through simple interplanetary vagabond […]

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