Earth heading for hottest year on record

2014-10-21 12:05

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

'Blood moon' eclipse to grace pre-dawn skies

2014-10-07 20:49

Early risers across much of the world are in for a treat on Wednesday morning - a total lunar eclipse, also known as a 'blood moon'.

US-India to collaborate on Mars exploration

2014-10-01 13:02

The US and India, fresh from sending their own respective spacecraft into Mars' orbit earlier this month, has agreed to co-operate on future exploration of the Red Planet.

ISS crew safe despite rocket glitch

2014-09-26 10:00

A Russian Soyuz rocket has safely delivered a US-Russian trio to the International Space Station (ISS) despite a technical glitch.

Nasa Maven begins Mars orbit

2014-09-22 09:03

Nasa's Maven spacecraft has begun orbiting Mars in a mission to study how the red planet's climate changed over time from warm and wet to cold and dry.

Nasa spacecraft to begin orbiting Mars within days

2014-09-18 08:11

An unnamed Nasa spacecraft launched last year to study the history of climate change on Mars is to begin orbiting the Red Planet after a 10-month journey.

Nasa prepares Orion capsule for deep-space test

2014-09-12 11:05

A Nasa spacecraft designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars has rolled out of its processing hangar at the US space agency's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Nasa giant rocket passes test, but launch delayed

2014-08-28 14:06

Nasa says its new giant rocket system has passed an internal milestone, but the first test launch got pushed back a year to 2018.

Astronauts 'sleep deprived' on space missions

2014-08-19 10:26

A new study by neurologists indicates astronauts are getting too little sleep before, and during, space missions.

Space craft grabs possible interstellar space dust

2014-08-15 09:31

A Nasa spacecraft dispatched 15 years ago to collect samples from a comet has also snared what scientists suspect are the first dust specks from interstellar space.

Mars rover will carry tools to make oxygen

2014-08-01 07:47

The suite of space-age tools loaded on Nasa's next robotic vehicle, bound for the Red Planet in 2020, will include a device for making oxygen out of carbon dioxide.

Nasa rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record

2014-07-29 10:00

Nasa's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body.

Nasa reveals 2012 secret

2014-07-25 09:50

Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to "knock modern civilisation back to the 18th century", Nasa says.

Remote outcrops of faraway galaxy lopsided

2014-07-22 20:21

Astronomers have examined the remotest parts yet of an elliptical galaxy, Centaurus A, and discovered it's more lopsided and richer in heavy elements than expected.

Nasa to send smartphones into space

2014-07-07 18:00

Google smartphones with next-generation 3D technology will soon be blasted into orbit where they'll become the brains of robots on the space station.

Imagine getting a flood warning 11 months in advance

2014-07-07 08:41

Satellite monitoring of tiny changes in the gravitational field of river basins may give up to 11 months' warning of disastrous floods, a study says.

Nasa tests new Mars-landing technology

2014-06-29 10:08

Nasa has sent a saucer-like vehicle high into the sky to test technology for a future Mars landing, but its parachute tangled when deployed and the spacecraft splashed into the Pacific Ocean.

Cosmonauts finish tiring ISS spacewalk

2014-06-20 08:33

A pair of Russian cosmonauts has wrapped up a tiring and unexpectedly long spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Nasa hopes for second bite at 'flying saucer' launch

2014-06-13 09:41

Nasa hopes to try again to launch a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test Mars mission technology after losing the chance because of bad weather.

Nasa postpones Mars flying saucer

2014-06-11 21:13

Nasa has postponed testing of a Mars 'flying saucer' parachute high in Earth's atmosphere.

Astronomers discover a 'Godzilla' of Earths

2014-06-03 10:40

Astronomers have spotted the 'Godzilla' of all Earths, a huge rocky planet orbiting a star 560 light years away that is changing scientists' understanding of the origins of the universe.

SpaceX unveils game-changing spacecraft

2014-05-30 10:29

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he will revolutionise access to space after unveiling a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit.

Landmarks future generations may never know

2014-05-21 12:03

Climate change and rising sea levels are threatening historic landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to Nasa's coastal rocket launch sites, and the world needs to prepare, scientists say.

Nasa: Space station can work without Russia

2014-05-20 07:31

Nasa's leader has dismissed concerns that US friction with Russia might spell the end of the International Space Station, saying it could keep operating without Russia.

Three ISS astronauts land safely

2014-05-14 07:35

Three astronauts, including a Russian and an American, have touched down safely on Earth aboard a Soyuz capsule.


Methane hot spot in US is 3x expected size

2014-10-10 10:48

One area in the southwestern US is spewing vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere far faster than expected, US researchers say.

Lack of ocean heat puzzles Nasa

2014-10-06 21:09

The deep ocean may not be hiding heat after all, raising new questions about why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

Sandblasting winds shift Mars' landscape

2014-10-01 08:38

High winds are a near-daily force on the surface of Mars, carving out a landscape of shifting dunes and posing a challenge to exploration, scientists say.

SpaceX cargo capsule heads toward ISS

2014-09-23 09:04

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft is nearing the International Space Station with a cargo of supplies.

Jeff Bezos enters the space race

2014-09-18 11:56

Jeff Bezos, has announced Blue Origin will team up with United Launch Alliance to fund and build a new liquid-fuel rocket engine.

SpaceX, Boeing to send astronauts to ISS

2014-09-16 23:43

Boeing and SpaceX will build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry US astronauts to the International Space Station.

Faraway moon mimics Earth tectonics: study

2014-09-08 12:15

Jupiter's icy moon Europa may have active tectonic plates similar to those that shape the Earth, which had long been thought unique in this respect, scientists say.

Mysterious source of ozone-depleter baffles Nasa

2014-08-21 10:02

A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years but Nasa says that carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is still being spewed into the atmosphere from an unknown source.

Perfect fiery 'death' for Orbital cargo ship

2014-08-18 08:35

Orbital Sciences Corporation's unmanned Cygnus cargo ship has disintegrated as planned as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere after an ISS resupply mission.

SpaceX launches rocket with commercial satellite

2014-08-05 14:21

SpaceX officials in Florida say a space exploration technologies falcon rocket has been launched off its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force station in the US.

Nasa rover breaks out-of-this-world record

2014-07-29 18:04

The US space agency's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body.

'Shocking' underground water loss in US drought

2014-07-25 15:19

A major drought across the US has sapped underground water resources, posing a greater threat to the water supply than previously understood, scientists say.

Are we alone? Alien pollution may reveal answers

2014-07-24 07:29

Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers say that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer.

To the Moon or bust - US debates next lunar step

2014-07-21 10:08

Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the US remains divided about the Moon's role in future human space exploration.

Wits hosts biggest gathering of SA fossil hunters

2014-07-07 10:47

The biggest gathering of professional and amateur palaeontologists in southern Africa will take place this coming weekend at Wits University.

Nasa resets launch of carbon-monitoring satellite

2014-07-02 09:26

The launch of a Nasa satellite designed to study atmospheric carbon dioxide has been rescheduled.

NASA gives Brazuca thumbs up

2014-06-14 20:59

The official 2014 SWC game ball should make players happy, NASA have said after its own aerodynamics testing.

Water heater cause of smoke on ISS

2014-06-12 07:26

A galley water heater is being blamed for smoke aboard the International Space Station.

US should focus on sending people to Mars

2014-06-05 11:30

The US should abandon its "flexible approach" to human missions beyond Earth, set Mars as its ultimate goal and open the door to China among other potential partners, space flight review has said.

Nasa to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

2014-06-02 11:03

The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.

I am a planet, insists Pluto

2014-05-28 10:15

Pluto is making its case to be re-admitted to the family of planets that orbit the solar system.

Sea level rise forces US space agency to retreat

2014-05-20 15:33

Sea level rise is threatening the majority of Nasa's launch pads and multi-billion dollar complexes famous for training astronauts and launching historic missions to space.

Nasa's planet-hunting Kepler telescope given new mission

2014-05-18 20:22

Nasa plans to revive its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope for a new mission after a positioning system problem sidelined the observatory last year.

West Antarctic ice sheet collapse unstoppable

2014-05-12 20:53

Ice is melting in the western Antarctic at an unstoppable pace, scientists say, warning that the discovery holds major consequences for global sea level rise.

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