New Milky Way map to help explain how galaxies form

2016-10-20 17:55

A new super-detailed hydrogen map of the Milky Way could help explain the mystery of how galaxies form.

In space, the looming threat of a new arms race

2016-10-16 18:22

Killer satellites, blinding lasers, sophisticated jammers - the world's military powers are quietly readying for a war in outer space at the risk of fuelling a dangerous new arms race.

Boeing vows to beat Elon Musk to Mars

2016-10-05 10:55

Boeing once helped the US beat the Soviet Union in the race to the moon. Now the company intends to go toe-to-toe with newcomers such as billionaire Elon Musk.

Elon Musk promises 'fun' trip to Mars colony

2016-09-27 22:53

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has unveiled his plans for establishing a human colony on Mars, using a massive rocket and a fleet of spaceships to achieve a self-sustaining population on the Red Planet this century.

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.

Air Force base wildfire pushes back hi-res satellite launch

2016-09-18 20:44

A wildfire burning at a Central California Air Force base has forced the postponement of the launch of a satellite which officials say will be able to spot the make of a car from nearly 650km above Earth.

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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SpaceX gets taker for 1st flight of recycled rocket

2016-08-30 22:30

SpaceX will make history when they launch a recycled rocket the first true reuse of a rocket previously used for an orbital mission.

Tiny Stellenbosch satellite ready for launch from ISS

2016-08-24 17:15

It is ready, set, go for a nanosatellite developed in Stellenbosch that will be launched along with 49 others from the International Space Station.

SA scientists discover 'void' at centre of Milky Way

2016-08-02 21:45

A team of South African, Japanese and Italian astronomers have found that the centre of the Milky Way is completely devoid of any young stars.


New US radar site may drown

2016-10-18 18:49

Scientists say rising seas from global warming could threaten a nearly $1 billion radar installation that the US Air Force is building in the Pacific to track dangerous space junk.

Europe heads for Mars in search of life

2016-10-14 16:01

Thirteen years after its first, failed attempt to place a rover on Mars, Europe reaches a crucial stage in a fresh quest to scour the Red Planet for signs of life, this time with Russia.

Here is Elon Musk’s plan to get to Mars

2016-09-28 09:25

Entrepreneur Elon Musk has laid out a vision of travel to Mars heavy on both technology and the dangers that await those first explorers just a decade from now.

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?

China launches second space station

2016-09-15 19:46

China has launched its second space station in a sign of the growing sophistication of its military-backed programme.

Spacewalking US astronauts to fix, improve ISS

2016-09-01 21:45

Two US astronauts aboard the International Space Station have begun a spacewalk to make repairs and install new equipment.

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.

SpaceX lands Falcon 9 rocket after launch

2016-08-14 20:13

SpaceX has successfully landed a reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship at sea after the vehicle sent a Japanese communications satellite into orbit.

Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe

2016-07-27 16:23

Ground controllers have bid a final farewell to robot lab Philae, cutting communications after a year-long silence with the tiny probe hurtling through space on the surface of a comet.

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