'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.

Mars mission scientist Colin Pillinger dies

2014-05-08 14:59

British planetary scientist Colin Pillinger, the driving force behind the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars has died at the age of 70, his family says.

Jupiter's moon has layers of water, possibly life

2014-05-05 18:31

Scientists say that Jupiter's moon Ganymede may possess ice and liquid oceans stacked up in several layers much like the popular multi-layered sandwich.

Huge iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

2014-04-24 07:30

Scientists are monitoring an iceberg six times the size of Manhattan, one of the largest now in existence that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the ocean.

Dragon supply capsule reaches orbiting ISS

2014-04-21 15:16

The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX has successfully reached the International Space Station, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab.

Moon-orbiting robot crashes down

2014-04-18 20:30

Nasa flight controllers have confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft Ladee crashed into the back side of the moon as planned.

Nasa green lights supply run to ISS

2014-04-14 08:26

Nasa is pressing ahead with the planned launch of a supply ship despite a critical computer outage at the International Space Station.

Apollo 11 checklist, spacesuit sold at NY auction

2014-04-10 09:34

An Apollo 11 lunar surface checklist sheet was among the coveted items sold at a New York City auction of space exploration artefacts.

India's mission to Mars crosses half-way mark

2014-04-09 18:53

India's first mission to Mars has successfully crossed the half-way mark, four months after leaving on a voyage to the Red Planet scheduled to take 11 months, the space agency says.

SpaceX reschedules ISS resupply launch

2014-04-05 12:50

A delayed supply run by private company SpaceX to the International Space Station is now set to launch on 14 April.

Health risks of Mars mission would exceed limits

2014-04-03 09:35

Efforts to send humans to Mars would likely expose them to health risks beyond the limits of what Nasa currently allows, an independent panel of medical experts say.


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.

International space station loses power

2014-05-09 10:19

The International Space Station is down one power channel because of an electrical malfunction, but Nasa says everyone and everything is safe up there.

Nasa to grow veggies in space

2014-05-07 10:03

Nasa has created a portable growth unit on the International Space station that will be able to grow plants such as lettuce for the astronauts on board.

Obama to unveil dire climate report

2014-05-06 10:12

The Obama administration will release an updated report showing how climate change touches every part of the country, as the US seeks to convince the public on the need for a crackdown on carbon pollution.

ASA boots Nasa logo

2014-04-30 21:57

The National Artisans and Skills Academy in Benoni has been ordered to stop using the name and logo of Nasa in the US.

Nasa celebrates Earth Day with selfies

2014-04-22 22:13

US space agency Nasa has invited social-media users to celebrate Earth Day by sharing selfies from all over the world.

Nasa's space station Robonaut getting legs

2014-04-19 22:28

Nasa's space station humanoid Robonaut is finally getting legs, the next step for astro-apprentices.

Rocket leak delays ISS delivery launch

2014-04-15 08:15

Space X has called off a planned launch because of a rocket leak, meaning that a cargo run destined for the ISS will wait a bit longer.

Extraterrestrial Tweet-up links Tokyo with space

2014-04-11 13:40

An unusual "Tweet-up" - a meeting of people who know each other on Twitter - involving an ambassador, an astronaut and a prime minister has taken place on a video-link between Japan and the International Space Station.

Weird Mars lights not alien life says Nasa

2014-04-10 07:29

Nasa has poured cold water on claims that unusual lights captured by its Curiosity rover are proof of alien life on the planet.

NASA reveals its 5 most stunning Earth shots of the Year

2014-04-09 09:36

Take a look at the top five images chosen out of an entire year's worth of NASA's Earth Observatory satellite imagery.

Nasa cuts Russia ties over Ukraine

2014-04-03 13:05

Nasa has cut ties with Russia except for co-operation aboard the International Space Station due to the crisis in Ukraine.

ISS crew delayed by hitch

2014-03-26 16:44

The arrival of the Russian-American relief crew at the International Space Station has been delayed by a slight technical hitch.

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