Earth says farewell to Philae

2016-02-12 19:16

Scientists have given up trying to contact robot lab Philae, stubbornly silent on the surface of a comet streaking through space - closing a captivating chapter in an historic quest.

Space-time ripple makes magic

2016-02-11 17:53

In a landmark discovery for physics and astronomy, international scientists say they have glimpsed gravitational waves, or ripples in space and time, which Albert Einstein predicted a century ago.

'Meteorite' kills man in India, authorities say

2016-02-08 22:33

Indian authorities say a falling object that killed a bus driver and injured three others was a meteorite. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history.

North Korea plans satellite launch

2016-02-02 18:05

North Korea has told an international agency that it plans to launch an Earth observation satellite later this month.

Watch this astronaut play liquid ping pong in space

Watch as astronaut Scott Kelly celebrates 300 days on the International Space Station by playing some liquid ping pong.

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See five planets align in the sky without a telescope, in rare celestial show

2016-01-20 13:29

For the first time in 11 years, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, will all be visible at once with the naked eye.

SpaceX fails to land rocket on ocean platform

2016-01-17 22:03

SpaceX has failed to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the Pacific Ocean, marking the fourth time it has missed the mark.

Karoo telescope helps spot biggest explosion in human history

2016-01-15 10:49

About 3.8 billion light years away, a star has exploded with a brightness of 570 billion times that of our own sun.

Time running out for comet probe Philae

2016-01-12 23:30

Scientists will send a few final prods to robot lab Philae, incommunicado on the surface of a comet hurtling through space, but hopes for a reply are running out.

Russia lauds Elon Musk's cheap space rockets

2015-12-31 08:53

Elon Musk’s successful launching of reusable space rockets means Russia must make its own projects cheaper, says the country’s defence industry chief said.


We explain just what are Einstein's gravitational waves

2016-02-12 08:17

Astronomers have announced that their new billion-dollar US observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here’s what that breakthrough means.

India meteorite claim a con?

2016-02-10 21:07

Nasa says it is unlikely a meteorite was responsible for killing a man at a college campus in India, as local scientists continued to examine the mysterious object recovered from the scene.

Spacewalkers toss flash drive to Mother Russia

2016-02-03 22:56

Two Russians on board the International Space Station have given a ceremonial send-off to a flash drive containing special messages for their motherland.

Challenger space shuttle disaster marked 30 years on

2016-01-28 22:00

Three decades after the Challenger space shuttle exploded after lift-off, reusable technology is seen as key to space exploration.

'Ninth planet' may exist in solar system

2016-01-20 21:35

A previously unknown giant planet, nicknamed Planet Nine, may have been discovered lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system.

First flower blooms on international space station

2016-01-19 18:48

A bright orange zinnia has blossomed aboard the International Space Station, marking a first in space.

Water in astronaut's helmet cuts short spacewalk

2016-01-15 20:50

The discovery of water in the helmet of a US astronaut has brought an early end to a spacewalk at the International Space Station.

Exploding star found by SALT

2016-01-15 07:03

The brightest exploding star ever detected which has bewildered scientists with its incredible power, has been confirmed at Sutherland's SALT.

SpaceX will attempt ocean landing of rocket

2016-01-12 08:28

SpaceX will try again to land its Falcon 9 rocket on an ocean platform, one month after successfully returning the rocket's first stage to an upright landing on solid ground.

A device called the ‘ArcaBoard’ - which looks clunky in form-factor - has 272 horsepower and promises a hover time of up to six minutes for riders

A device called the ‘ArcaBoard’ - which looks clunky in form-factor - has 272 horsepower and promises a hover time of up to six minutes for riders

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