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.

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.

Mars' halcyon times may have been fleeting

2014-04-13 22:14

Cold and dry today, Mars was previously warm and wet but possibly only at intervals, a study has suggested.

'Cherry tree from space' mystery baffles Japan

2014-04-11 12:10

A cosmic mystery is uniting monks and scientists in Japan after a cherry tree grown from a seed that orbited the Earth for eight months bloomed years earlier than expected.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Three-man crew makes it to ISS after delay

2014-03-28 09:30

A Russian spacecraft carrying a three-man Russian and US crew has docked successfully at the International Space Station after an unprecedented two-day delay.

Astronomers ring in startling asteroid find

2014-03-27 21:19

Astonished astronomers say they have found rings around an asteroid, the smallest object known to have this feature and only the fifth after Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

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.

Syria creates 'space agency' despite war

2014-03-19 11:00

Syria's government has decided to establish a "space agency" to conduct scientific research despite the civil war that has torn the country apart.

South Korea goes bonkers for space rocks

2014-03-18 09:51

A corner of South Korea is in the grip of a frenzied hunt for valuable space souvenirs, following a rare meteor shower there.

My flatmate’s annoying habits

2014-03-17 09:30

Do you have flatmates or housemates? You’ve probably discovered that pet peeves arise when you’re living with other people. Our Facebook friends did.

SpaceX delays ISS supply run

2014-03-14 08:29

The next supply run to the International Space Station has been delayed.

Space station crew lands safely

2014-03-11 07:29

A Soyuz capsule carrying a US-Russian crew returning after spending nearly six months on the International Space Station has landed safely.

Astronomers spot rare asteroid break-up

2014-03-06 19:41

Astronomers have witnessed the distant break-up of an asteroid, a rare event that was not caused by a violent space collision or a close encounter with the Sun.

US-Russia space ties normal, says Nasa

2014-03-05 11:20

Nasa chief Charles Bolden has said the US space agency's relationship with Russia remained normal despite the ongoing international crisis in Ukraine.

‘Mormons don't get own planets in afterlife’

2014-02-28 07:56

The Mormon Church is denying the notion that members of the faith are taught they'll get their own planet, a misconception popularised in pop culture and a new Broadway show.

Nasa discovers 715 new worlds

2014-02-27 07:58

Nasa has announced a torrent of new planet discoveries, hailing a "bonanza" of 715 worlds now known outside the solar system thanks to the Kepler space telescope's planet-hunting mission.

Lighter engines a headache for Ariane rocket

2014-02-18 09:00

Arianespace rockets excel at lifting the heaviest payloads into space, but a new technology allowing for lighter satellites is causing another big bang for an already fast-changing industry.

China revives Jade Rabbit moon rover

2014-02-13 10:01

China says it has restored communications with its space programme's troubled "Jade Rabbit" moon rover.

China's Jade Rabbit declared dead

2014-02-12 21:59

China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has died on the surface of the moon, in a major setback for the country's ambitious space programme.

US, France sign deal for Mars lander

2014-02-11 15:25

The US and France on Monday unveiled plans to collaborate on a new Mars mission, two years after Nasa withdrew from a European partnership.

Oldest star found from iron fingerprint

2014-02-09 21:26

Australian astronomers have said that they found a 13.6 billion year-old star, making it the most ancient star ever seen.


Bug makes military satellites a hacker target

2014-04-17 14:00

Military satellites have security vulnerabilities that makes them liable to be hacked a report says.

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.

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.

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.

ESA launches new monitoring satellite

2014-04-04 14:10

The European Space Agency says it has successfully launched the first in a series of satellites that will form the nucleus of its new Copernicus monitoring system.

Study: Our moon is not that old

2014-04-03 09:58

Earth's moon started forming up to 65 million years later than some previous estimates, according to a study that uses a new way to calculate the birthday of the earth's satellite.

Over 1 000 satellites looking down on you

2014-03-28 10:44

The spotting of ocean debris by satellites during the search for the lost Malaysian aeroplane has drawn attention to those orbiting platforms.

European life-hunting Mars rover unveiled

2014-03-28 07:29

The European Mars rover has been unveiled at a testing ground in Britain and it is designed to drill beneath the surface of Mars, searching for signs of life.

Comet-probing robot to wake up

2014-03-26 19:32

A robot lab hurtling through the Solar System aboard a European probe is about to wake from hibernation and prepare for the first-ever landing by a spacecraft on a comet.

Mars created here on Earth

2014-03-26 09:45

Scientists have built Mars here on Earth - at least within the walls of a simulation chamber that mimics conditions on the red planet down to its Martian dust.

First waves seen outside of earth

2014-03-19 09:05

A sequence of distinct ripples can be seen on the exterior surface of Titan, Saturn's moon.

Space station flies round space junk

2014-03-17 21:08

The International Space Station has had to sidestep a piece of space junk.

Mercury, the incredible shrinking planet

2014-03-16 20:41

Beneath its Sun-scorched exterior, the planet Mercury is cooling, which is causing it to shrink ever so slightly, scientists say.

My flatmate’s annoying habits

2014-03-14 00:00

Do you have flatmates or housemates? You’ve probably discovered that pet peeves arise when you’re living with other people. Our Facebook friends did.

Japan astronaut assumes ISS command

2014-03-10 10:40

Astronaut Koichi Wakata has become the first Japanese commander of the International Space Station, according to the country's space agency.

Asteroid to make close pass by Earth

2014-03-05 19:40

An asteroid the size of a football field is about to make a close pass by Earth but is not expected to hit or cause any damage.

Nasa plans Jupiter moon mission - and search for life

2014-03-05 08:44

Nasa is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter's watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life.

Nasa: Space suit leak happened before

2014-02-27 15:05

A US made space suit that leaked water into a helmet and threatened to drown a European astronaut had malfunctioned before, Nasa admits.

Ex-space shuttle astronaut Dale Gardner dies

2014-02-25 08:09

Former astronaut Dale Gardner, who helped haul a stranded satellite into the space shuttle during a 1984 spacewalk, has died at age 65.

Webcast of asteroid close encounter

2014-02-17 21:28

An asteroid estimated to be the size of three stadiums is set for its close-up on a live webcast as it whizzes by Earth.

Rock from heavens is a scientists' delight

2014-02-13 06:15

Scientists continue to investigate the meteorite that plunged into the earth’s surface a year ago, and say the rock has yielded unprecedented insights into the makeup and orbit of asteroids.

From Stone Age to Space Age

2014-02-12 20:32

A pigment once daubed on cave walls by prehistoric Man will help shield an unmanned probe that will fly close to the Sun, the European Space Agency says.

China opens 4th Antarctic research station

2014-02-10 13:02

China's fourth Antarctic research station - the flying saucer-shaped Taishan - has officially opened, in another step for the country's exploration ambitions.

Nasa confirms next SpaceX mission date

2014-02-06 13:01

Nasa has announced the next mission for a cargo supply mission to the International Space Station by SpaceX.

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