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.

Scientists grow potatoes under Mars-like conditions

2017-03-11 21:14

Potatoes on Mars? Scientists are reporting promising results growing the tuber under conditions that mimic the Red Planet. .

Exoplanets 101: Looking for life beyond our Solar System

2017-02-22 22:24

Seven Earth-like planets orbiting a small star in our Galaxy called Trappist-1 are the most recent - and arguably the most spectacular - in a string of exoplanet discoveries going back 20 years.

SpaceX blasts off from historic Nasa launchpad

2017-02-19 17:40

SpaceX has blasted off its Falcon 9 rocket carrying the unmanned Dragon cargo ship, packed with food and supplies for the astronauts at the International Space Station.

Spacewalk - Space Station getting new batteries

2017-01-13 16:06

French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk on a mission to help upgrade the power system outside the International Space Station.

'Fire in space' experiment to kick off aboard US cargo ship

2016-11-21 20:32

How does fire act in space? Researchers will soon find out by igniting nine different materials aboard an unmanned spaceship on its way to a fiery re-entry to Earth's atmosphere, Nasa says.

NASA astronaut casts lone vote from space

2016-11-08 09:46

In a US presidential election that's already been out of this world, the lone American astronaut in outer space has cast his vote, NASA says.

A facelift for the Moon every 81 000 years

2016-10-13 13:44

The Moon is bombarded by so much space rock that its surface gets a complete facelift every 81 000 years, according to a study based on Nasa data.

New evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa

2016-09-27 01:17

More evidence of possible water plumes erupting from the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa has been spotted using Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope, the US space agency says.

Nasa to launch first asteroid dust-retrieval mission

2016-09-08 20:26

The US space agency is counting down to its first mission to collect dust from an asteroid, the kind of cosmic body that may have delivered life-giving materials to Earth billions of years ago.


Living on Mars could solve Earth’s problems

2017-03-15 18:44

Mars One mission candidate Adriana Marais believes that finding a way to survive on the red planet could help humans solve Earth's current problems.

WATCH: Seven Earth-like planets discovered

Seven Earth-sized planets have been observed by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope around a tiny, nearby, ultra-cool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Three of these planets are firmly in the habitable zone.

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SpaceX aborts approach to ISS, delivery delayed

2017-02-22 19:32

A navigation error has forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station.

US 'resistance' movement coalesces... on Twitter

2017-01-28 14:23

A social media "resistance" movement is taking shape against the Trump administration, inspired by the new president's efforts to control information.

Two US astronauts on spacewalk to upgrade ISS

2017-01-08 11:29

Two American astronauts have ventured outside the International Space Station to work on upgrading the orbiting outpost's electrical system.

Orbital 'garbage bin' leaves ISS

2016-11-21 18:36

An unmanned cargo ship has left the International Space Station, packed with 1.5 tons of garbage that will burn up on re-entry to Earth's atmosphere.

Antarctic glacier thinning faster than thought - study

2016-10-25 22:33

A large glacier in West Antarctica lost up to half a kilometre in thickness in seven years, thinning more quickly than scientists thought possible, according to a study .

SpaceX CEO to present plans for Mars colony

2016-09-27 22:12

SpaceX chief Elon Musk is set to unveil his ambitious plan to build a human colony on Mars, an endeavour that experts say requires tens of billions of dollars.

Nasa to reveal 'surprising' activity on Jupiter's moon

2016-09-25 21:00

There's something going on beneath the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa. But what?

Record-holding US astronaut and two Russians return to Earth

2016-09-08 09:56

An American astronaut who set the US record for cumulative time in orbit has safely returned to Earth along with two Russian cosmonauts after a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

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