Pilot Piccard: Solar flight is dream come true

2016-06-23 21:52

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, 58, has just realised his dream of crossing the Atlantic ocean solo aboard the Solar Impulse 2 plane, with the Sun as his only source of power.

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.

SA tech to help clean up 'space junk'

2016-06-20 11:53

Researchers in Stellenbosch have developed avionics for the two DebrisSats which will remove space junk in orbit around the Earth.

Researchers again detect gravitational waves from black hole merger

2016-06-16 07:47

Scientists have observed gravitational waves produced by the collision of two black holes for the second time in three months, researchers have announced.

Groundbreaking discovery of organic molecule in space

2016-06-15 11:13

Researchers have found an organic molecule essential to biology in interstellar space for the first time, experts announce, a discovery that could help solve a long-time mystery.

Astronauts enter world's first inflatable space habitat

2016-06-06 21:10

Space station astronauts have opened the world's first inflatable space habitat and floated inside.

Next stop: Mars!

2016-05-31 06:40

It’s no longer just a science fiction fantasy – living and working on Mars could become a reality as soon as 2030.

Mars emerging from Ice Age - study

2016-05-27 06:45

The Red Planet is emerging from an Ice Age, according to radar images of Mars' polar regions that are shedding new light on our neighbour's climate cycle, researchers say.

Meanwhile in our country

2016-05-26 06:40

South Africa is one of 70 countries that has its own space agency. Here are a few quick facts about our role in space research.

Holiday with a difference

2016-05-23 06:45

If you have a few million rand lying around, you could book a ticket for a future holiday in space...


Dormant black hole 'awakens' to devour star

2016-06-23 08:40

Scientists have witnessed in unprecedented detail a star being ripped to shreds and devoured by a dormant supermassive black hole.

Returned astronaut relishes loo luxury

2016-06-21 23:02

Using a normal toilet and appreciating weather - "any weather whatsoever" - are some of the small pleasures astronaut Tim Peake has enjoyed most since returning from the ISS.

Desert telescope stakes out huge black hole

2016-06-16 21:13

First talked about more than 230 years ago, black holes have been extensively researched, frequently depicted and even featured in sci-fi films.

SpaceX launches satellites, fails to recover rocket

2016-06-15 20:06

SpaceX has successfully launched two satellites into orbit, but failed in an attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket undamaged on a barge in the Atlantic.

Scientists discover giant new planet orbiting two suns

2016-06-13 22:22

Astronomers have discovered the largest planet outside our solar system orbiting two stars, at a distance that would make it potentially habitable for people, scientists have announced.

Zuckerberg streams live chat with men in space

2016-06-02 20:00

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg took the leading social network on a new journey this week, with a live-streamed chat with astronauts on the International Space Station.

SpaceX lands another rocket after satellite delivery

2016-05-28 20:36

SpaceX has pulled off another rocket landing, the third in just under two months.

ISS experimental room overinflated

2016-05-26 17:09

NASA has overinflated a new experimental room at the International Space Station.

India successfully tests small space shuttle

2016-05-25 15:20

India has successfully tested its first small space shuttle as part of its efforts to make low-cost reusable spacecraft.

Monster tsunamis sculpted Mars surface - study

2016-05-19 18:58

Monster tsunamis caused by meteor impacts swept across the northern plains of Mars more than three billion years ago, radically resculpting the edges of the Red Planet's ancient seas, a study has shown.

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