Nasa does 'All About That Bass' parody

2014-12-12 10:12

Nasa has joined a host of parodies of Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass with its own take on the popular hit single.

Pluto-bound spacecraft to be woken from hibernation to start mission

2014-12-07 20:36

After nine years and a journey of 4.8 billion kilometres, Nasa's New Horizons robotic probe will be woken from hibernation to begin its unprecedented mission: the study of the icy dwarf planet Pluto.

Orion capsule blasts off

2014-12-05 15:34

Nasa's Orion capsule has blasted off on its first journey into orbit, in a key test flight before carrying people to deep space destinations like Mars.

Nasa poised for Orion's first step to Mars

2014-12-04 12:22

The Orion spacecraft, designed to carry humans farther in deep space than ever before, is poised to blast off in what Nasa hails as a first step in mankind's journey to Mars.

Earthlings to send 90 000 hellos to Mars

2014-11-28 13:41

Radio telescopes on Earth will beam 90 000 messages to Mars to commemorate the launch 50 years ago of the first robotic probe to visit the planet.

Google takes over Nasa airport in Silicon Valley

2014-11-12 10:00

The internet giant has signed a 60-year lease to run the historic Moffett Field in Silicon Valley that comes with massive hangars for airships.

Space exploration will always be a dangerous game

2014-10-30 08:57

Despite the relative routine nature of launches into space, the explosion of the Orbital Sciences craft has illustrated that the industry remains a high-risk one.

SpaceX ship leaves ISS for Earth

2014-10-25 22:33

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft left the International Space Station to return to Earth.

Earth heading for hottest year on record

2014-10-21 12:05

Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say.

'Blood moon' eclipse to grace pre-dawn skies

2014-10-07 20:49

Early risers across much of the world are in for a treat on Wednesday morning - a total lunar eclipse, also known as a 'blood moon'.

US-India to collaborate on Mars exploration

2014-10-01 13:02

The US and India, fresh from sending their own respective spacecraft into Mars' orbit earlier this month, has agreed to co-operate on future exploration of the Red Planet.

ISS crew safe despite rocket glitch

2014-09-26 10:00

A Russian Soyuz rocket has safely delivered a US-Russian trio to the International Space Station (ISS) despite a technical glitch.

Nasa Maven begins Mars orbit

2014-09-22 09:03

Nasa's Maven spacecraft has begun orbiting Mars in a mission to study how the red planet's climate changed over time from warm and wet to cold and dry.

Nasa spacecraft to begin orbiting Mars within days

2014-09-18 08:11

An unnamed Nasa spacecraft launched last year to study the history of climate change on Mars is to begin orbiting the Red Planet after a 10-month journey.

Nasa prepares Orion capsule for deep-space test

2014-09-12 11:05

A Nasa spacecraft designed to one day fly astronauts to Mars has rolled out of its processing hangar at the US space agency's Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

Nasa giant rocket passes test, but launch delayed

2014-08-28 14:06

Nasa says its new giant rocket system has passed an internal milestone, but the first test launch got pushed back a year to 2018.

Astronauts 'sleep deprived' on space missions

2014-08-19 10:26

A new study by neurologists indicates astronauts are getting too little sleep before, and during, space missions.

Space craft grabs possible interstellar space dust

2014-08-15 09:31

A Nasa spacecraft dispatched 15 years ago to collect samples from a comet has also snared what scientists suspect are the first dust specks from interstellar space.

Mars rover will carry tools to make oxygen

2014-08-01 07:47

The suite of space-age tools loaded on Nasa's next robotic vehicle, bound for the Red Planet in 2020, will include a device for making oxygen out of carbon dioxide.

Nasa rover breaks out-of-this-world distance record

2014-07-29 10:00

Nasa's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body.

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.


Mars mountain may have arisen from lake sediments

2014-12-09 13:27

A mountain on Mars may have built up over time from lake sediments, according to Nasa scientists who have been studying observations from the Curiosity rover scouring the Red Planet.

Orion safe after successful flight

2014-12-05 19:24

Nasa's unmanned Orion space capsule has splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California following its first flight test.

Nasa pushes back Orion launch

2014-12-04 20:19

Nasa has been forced to push back the launch of the new Orion spacecraft due to wind and faulty rocket valves.

Nasa spaceship faces critical test flight

2014-12-03 12:55

A US spaceship designed to fly astronauts beyond Earth's orbit for the first time since the 1960s-era Apollo moon programme is planned to blast off on Thursday.

Soyuz delivers first Italy woman astronaut to ISS

2014-11-24 08:02

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station.

ISS crew heads home after space stint

2014-11-10 08:44

A three-person crew at the International Space Station has boarded a Russian Soyuz rocket to begin their trip back to Earth.

Decades old engines powered rocket that exploded

2014-10-30 12:21

The Orbital Sciences rocket that exploded after its launch had been powered by a pair of rocket engines that were made during the Soviet era and refurbished, experts say.

Disaster as ISS bound rocket explodes

2014-10-29 08:25

An unmanned Antares rocket has exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia.

Cosmonauts leave space station for space walk

2014-10-22 22:33

Two Russian cosmonauts floated outside the International Space Station for a six-hour space walk to replace science experiments and jettison two unneeded antennas.

Methane hot spot in US is 3x expected size

2014-10-10 10:48

One area in the southwestern US is spewing vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere far faster than expected, US researchers say.

Lack of ocean heat puzzles Nasa

2014-10-06 21:09

The deep ocean may not be hiding heat after all, raising new questions about why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

Sandblasting winds shift Mars' landscape

2014-10-01 08:38

High winds are a near-daily force on the surface of Mars, carving out a landscape of shifting dunes and posing a challenge to exploration, scientists say.

SpaceX cargo capsule heads toward ISS

2014-09-23 09:04

SpaceX's unmanned Dragon spacecraft is nearing the International Space Station with a cargo of supplies.

Jeff Bezos enters the space race

2014-09-18 11:56

Jeff Bezos, has announced Blue Origin will team up with United Launch Alliance to fund and build a new liquid-fuel rocket engine.

SpaceX, Boeing to send astronauts to ISS

2014-09-16 23:43

Boeing and SpaceX will build the next generation of spacecraft that will carry US astronauts to the International Space Station.

Faraway moon mimics Earth tectonics: study

2014-09-08 12:15

Jupiter's icy moon Europa may have active tectonic plates similar to those that shape the Earth, which had long been thought unique in this respect, scientists say.

Mysterious source of ozone-depleter baffles Nasa

2014-08-21 10:02

A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in recent years but Nasa says that carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) is still being spewed into the atmosphere from an unknown source.

Perfect fiery 'death' for Orbital cargo ship

2014-08-18 08:35

Orbital Sciences Corporation's unmanned Cygnus cargo ship has disintegrated as planned as it re-entered Earth's atmosphere after an ISS resupply mission.

SpaceX launches rocket with commercial satellite

2014-08-05 14:21

SpaceX officials in Florida say a space exploration technologies falcon rocket has been launched off its launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force station in the US.

Nasa rover breaks out-of-this-world record

2014-07-29 18:04

The US space agency's Opportunity rover has now clocked more miles on Mars than any man-made vehicle to reach another celestial body.

'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.

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