A year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

2015-08-29 15:36

Six people have shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping Nasa prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars.

Mystery of Saturn's 'F ring' cracked

2015-08-18 06:33

An enigmatic ring of icy particles circling Saturn, herded into a narrow ribbon by two tiny moons, was probably born of a cosmic collision.

Earth 2.0: Nasa finds planet that matches our own

2015-07-24 10:10

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, Nasa has said.

ISS astronauts dodge Russian space debris

2015-07-16 18:56

Three astronauts living at the International Space Station have been forced to scramble to safety after what Nasa described as a close pass of debris.

Pluto probe survives encounter, phones home

2015-07-15 15:02

A US spacecraft has sailed past the tiny planet Pluto in the distant reaches of the solar system.

It's showtime for Pluto

2015-07-12 22:19

Pluto is about to reveal itself. So Earthlings, sit back and enjoy the show.

Computer glitch won't affect Pluto flyby - Nasa

2015-07-08 08:17

Nasa has said it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service after a computer glitch on the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of Pluto.

Nasa flying saucer deploys partially on test

2015-06-09 16:56

NASA launched a giant balloon Monday carrying a kind of "flying saucer" that will test technologies for landing on Mars, but its outsized parachute only partly deployed.

Pluto has unruly moons

2015-06-04 05:50

Some of Pluto's moons have a rugby ball-like shape and spin around erratically in orbit, according to an updated portrait of the distant dwarf planet system.

SpaceX tests eject button on Dragon

2015-05-06 19:35

SpaceX has launched the first flight test of the emergency astronaut escape feature on its Dragon spaceship, which aims to carry astronauts to low-Earth orbit as early as 2017.


Nasa: The world can breathe easy

2015-08-21 20:43

The world can breathe easy. A giant asteroid is not hurtling towards Earth about to wipe out much of the Americas, Nasa has felt compelled to explain following a swirl of online rumours.

Vatican sceptical about close encounters of the third kind

2015-07-31 10:31

The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. But while Pope Francis's telescope scans the starlit skies, the Vatican is sceptical of ever meeting Mr. Spock.

Nasa finds Earth-like planet

2015-07-23 20:46

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found what may be the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, Nasa says.

Pluto close-up pics streaming in slowly

2015-07-15 17:11

Scientists are receiving data that will offer the closest look ever of Pluto after the unmanned Nasa spacecraft whizzed by the distant dwarf planet.

Pluto bigger than expected

2015-07-13 23:44

Mysterious Pluto has turned out to be larger than expected as Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft wraps up a nearly decade-long journey, with a close flyby on track, scientists say.

US selects four new astronauts

2015-07-09 23:32

Three men and one woman have been named by Nasa as the first four astronauts who will fly aboard spaceships built by private companies Boeing and SpaceX in the coming years.

SpaceX to deliver new dock, supplies to ISS

2015-06-26 22:03

The SpaceX capsule is to deliver a new parking spot for the space station, reserved for future crew ships.

Bad weather delays flying saucer

2015-06-05 16:36

The test launch of a flying saucer equipped with a supersonic parachute that may one day help spacecraft land on Mars has been postponed.

Boeing aims for human spaceflight

2015-05-28 17:10

Nasa has awarded Boeing a commercial human spaceflight mission to include the company’s first-ever service flight to the International Space Station.

Nasa spacecraft crashes on Mercury after 11-year mission

2015-05-01 09:28

An unmanned Nasa spacecraft has crashed on the surface of the planet Mercury, after it ran out of fuel following a successful 11-year mission, the US space agency says.

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