Global heat, sea level hit record highs in 2015

2016-08-03 11:14

Global heat, greenhouse gases and sea levels all climbed to record highs last year, making 2015 the worst in modern times across a range of key environmental indicators, international scientists say.

First virus-hunter in space will test DNA-decoding device

2016-07-13 22:38

Newly arrived space station astronaut Kate Rubins will attempt to complete the first full-blown DNA decoding, or "sequencing", in orbit with a pocket-size device.

Three astronauts blast off for ISS in upgraded Soyuz

2016-07-07 12:02

Three astronauts have blasted off into the early morning sky in an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome, heading towards the International Space Station.

Nasa's Juno spacecraft successfully orbits Jupiter

2016-07-05 07:56

Nasa is celebrating a key triumph as its R16-billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Jupiter on a mission to probe the origin of the solar system.

India launches 20 satellites in single mission

2016-06-22 16:13

India has successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, setting a new national record as its famously frugal space agency looks to grab a larger slice of the lucrative commercial space market.

May goes down as Earth's hottest on record

2016-06-15 10:36

May's temperatures broke global records yet again, as the northern hemisphere finishes its hottest spring on record, statistics released by NASA showed.

Nasa takes 7 000m view of the world's coral reefs

2016-06-09 22:21

Nasa and other top scientists are gathering new data on coral reefs like never before - from 7 000m in the air.

Mars emerging from Ice Age - study

2016-05-27 06:45

The Red Planet is emerging from an Ice Age, according to radar images of Mars' polar regions that are shedding new light on our neighbour's climate cycle, researchers say.

Modi’s mini-shuttle blasts into Elon Musk’s race for space

2016-05-23 06:45

India has launched a scale model of a reusable spacecraft, a project that could pit it against Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk in the race to make access to space cheaper.

Global warming is changing how Earth wobbles

2016-04-09 16:19

A new Nasa study shows global warming is now changing how Earth wobbles and says the shift is dramatic.


Nasa's Kepler discovers more than 104 new exoplanets

2016-07-19 11:19

Researchers have discovered 104 new planets outside our solar system, including four that could have Earth-like, rocky surfaces.

Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

2016-07-08 13:02

A Japanese satellite has recorded unprecedented observations of the Perseus galaxy before it disappeared from contact, scientists said, offering precious new information about how gas travels in the faraway cluster.

What is the goal of Juno's mission to Jupiter?

2016-07-05 22:00

Nasa's Juno spacecraft has begun circling Jupiter on a 20-month mission to learn more about the origin of the solar system's most massive planet.

Nasa counts down to orbit of Jupiter

2016-07-04 19:53

Nasa is counting down to a high-stakes attempt to orbit closer than ever to the planet Jupiter, on a $1.1bn mission to probe the origin of the solar system.

Returned astronaut relishes loo luxury

2016-06-21 23:02

Using a normal toilet and appreciating weather - "any weather whatsoever" - are some of the small pleasures astronaut Tim Peake has enjoyed most since returning from the ISS.

Scientists discover giant new planet orbiting two suns

2016-06-13 22:22

Astronomers have discovered the largest planet outside our solar system orbiting two stars, at a distance that would make it potentially habitable for people, scientists have announced.

Astronauts enter world's first inflatable space habitat

2016-06-06 21:10

Space station astronauts have opened the world's first inflatable space habitat and floated inside.

ISS experimental room overinflated

2016-05-26 17:09

NASA has overinflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station.

Nasa's Kepler telescope finds largest trove of exoplanets

2016-05-11 18:00

Nasa has found the largest trove of planets outside Earth's solar system, 1 284 in all, more than doubling the number of known exoplanets found with the agency's Kepler space telescope.

SpaceX successfully lands rocket on ocean platform

2016-04-09 15:01

After four failed bids SpaceX has finally stuck the landing, powering the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket onto an ocean platform where it touched down upright after launching cargo to space.

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