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.

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.


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.

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.

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