Kenya court overturns ruling on presidential ballot contract

2017-07-20 18:01

Kenya's appeals court has quashed a ruling cancelling a contract to print presidential ballot papers, a victory for the electoral commission less than three weeks before general elections.

Trillion ton iceberg breaks off Antarctica

2017-07-12 15:59

An iceberg, one of the largest on record, has been set adrift after snapping off a West Antarctic ice shelf that is now at increased risk of collapse, scientists say.

Huge Antarctic ice block poised to snap off

2017-07-05 15:58

A massive chunk of ice is hanging by a thread from the West Antarctic ice shelf, satellite images have revealed.

Nasa discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets

2017-06-20 08:05

Nasa has revealed 10 new rocky, Earth-sized planets that could potentially have liquid water and support life.

US astronauts on critical spacewalk

2017-05-23 16:49

Two US astronauts have embarked on what Nasa described as a "critical" spacewalk to repair a failed piece of equipment on the International Space Station.

Cassini survives dive through Saturn's rings

2017-04-27 19:01

The NASA spacecraft Cassini has survived its plunge between the rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is communicating again.

'Super-Earth' orbiting nearby star boosts search for extra-solar life

2017-04-19 22:15

Astronomers have announced the discovery of a "super-Earth" orbiting a nearby star which may offer the most promising target yet in the search for life beyond the Solar System.

Large asteroid to hurtle past Earth

2017-04-14 18:20

An asteroid roughly 650m across and with a surface twice as reflective as that of the Moon, will streak past Earth on April 19 at a safe but uncomfortably close distance, astronomers say.

Chile desert combed for clues to life on Mars

2017-04-06 15:54

Chile's Atacama desert may seem to contain little besides red-grey rocks and sand - but scientists are busy searching there for clues to life in a place it much resembles: Mars.

US astronaut breaks record

2017-03-30 22:29

American astronaut Peggy Whitson has made history when she floated outside the International Space Station breaking the record for the most spacewalks by a woman.


Nasa releases new images of raging storm on Jupiter

2017-07-13 17:31

Nasa has released a series of stunning images of a raging storm on Jupiter, known as the Great Red Spot, snapped as an unmanned probe zipped by.

Lift-off for Trump's bold space plans may have to wait

2017-07-10 07:00

The White House has championed a new era of US leadership in space, but its aspirations are complicated by tight budgets, vacancies in top posts and the rising role of private industry in aerospace innovation, experts say.

Europe OKs project to seek alien life

2017-06-22 12:34

Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host.

Einstein's theory confirmed in measure of distant star's mass

2017-06-07 19:09

Scientists have confirmed one of Albert Einstein's century-old theories by witnessing with the Hubble Space Telescope a phenomenon he thought would never be possible to see, researchers say.

Home-made bricks for a habitat on Mars

2017-04-27 22:19

Scientists say they have manufactured tiny bricks out of artificial Martian soil, anticipating the day when humans may construct colonies on the Red Planet.

Nasa's Cassini poised to plunge beneath Saturn's rings

2017-04-26 09:26

An unmanned Nasa spacecraft, Cassini, is poised to plunge into the gap between Saturn and its rings, a pioneering journey that could offer an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the Sun.

Google Earth invites you to 'get lost'

2017-04-18 22:26

Google Earth is getting a revival, with the mapping service becoming more of a tool for adventure and exploration.

Nasa: Mars spacecraft's first missions face delays

2017-04-14 15:21

Nasa will probably delay the first two missions of its Orion deep-space capsule, being developed to send astronauts beyond earth's orbit and eventually to Mars, the US space agency says.

Nasa's Cassini probe of Saturn prepares for last plunge

2017-04-05 22:02

Nasa's unmanned Cassini spacecraft is preparing for its final plunge into Saturn after two decades of helping scientists make new discoveries.

Trump signs bill authorising Nasa funding, Mars exploration

2017-03-22 08:20

President Donald Trump has signed into law a bill that adds exploration of Mars as a Nasa goal and to manage human space flight programmes.

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