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.

Nasa plans to launch an $800m probe that will land on an asteroid which is a remnant from the beginning of the solar system.

Nasa plans to launch an $800m probe that will land on an asteroid which is a remnant from the beginning of the solar system.

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Nasa: Explosion rocks SpaceX launch site during rocket test

2016-09-01 15:49

An explosion has rocked the SpaceX launch site in Florida during the test firing of its unmanned rocket.

Nasa probe set to make closest approach yet to Jupiter

2016-08-28 11:26

Nasa's Juno space probe is set to pass the closest it will get to the planet Jupiter during the main phase of its planned mission to the gas giant, the US space agency's officials says.

Nasa's Kepler discovers more than 104 new exoplanets

2016-07-19 11:19

Researchers have discovered 104 new planets outside our solar system, including four that could have Earth-like, rocky surfaces.

Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

2016-07-08 13:02

A Japanese satellite has recorded unprecedented observations of the Perseus galaxy before it disappeared from contact, scientists said, offering precious new information about how gas travels in the faraway cluster.

What is the goal of Juno's mission to Jupiter?

2016-07-05 22:00

Nasa's Juno spacecraft has begun circling Jupiter on a 20-month mission to learn more about the origin of the solar system's most massive planet.

Nasa counts down to orbit of Jupiter

2016-07-04 19:53

Nasa is counting down to a high-stakes attempt to orbit closer than ever to the planet Jupiter, on a $1.1bn mission to probe the origin of the solar system.


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.

Ex-US astronaut indicted in traffic deaths of 2 girls

2016-09-01 23:30

A grand jury in Alabama has indicted a former Nasa space shuttle commander on four felony charges in the traffic deaths of two girls killed on a rural highway.

Scientists complete 12-month Mars simulation in Hawaii dome

2016-08-29 14:18

Six scientists have completed a year-long Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation.

Global heat, sea level hit record highs in 2015

2016-08-03 11:14

Global heat, greenhouse gases and sea levels all climbed to record highs last year, making 2015 the worst in modern times across a range of key environmental indicators, international scientists say.

First virus-hunter in space will test DNA-decoding device

2016-07-13 22:38

Newly arrived space station astronaut Kate Rubins will attempt to complete the first full-blown DNA decoding, or "sequencing", in orbit with a pocket-size device.

Three astronauts blast off for ISS in upgraded Soyuz

2016-07-07 12:02

Three astronauts have blasted off into the early morning sky in an upgraded Soyuz spacecraft from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome, heading towards the International Space Station.

Nasa's Juno spacecraft successfully orbits Jupiter

2016-07-05 07:56

Nasa is celebrating a key triumph as its R16-billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Jupiter on a mission to probe the origin of the solar system.

India launches 20 satellites in single mission

2016-06-22 16:13

India has successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, setting a new national record as its famously frugal space agency looks to grab a larger slice of the lucrative commercial space market.

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