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.

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.

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.

Japan unveils asteroid hunter

2014-09-02 10:40

Japanese space scientists have unveiled the asteroid hunting space probe they hope to launch later this year on a mission to mine a celestial body.

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.

Europeans scramble after satellites hit wrong orbits

2014-08-25 09:06

European space officials say they're investigating whether the inaccurate deployment of two satellites will complicate their efforts to develop a new Galileo satellite navigation system.

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.

New commercial satellite has zoom view of Earth

2014-08-14 10:29

An unmanned Atlas 5 rocket has blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to put a sharp-eyed, Earth-watching satellite into orbit for DigitalGlobe.

Success as Rosetta makes comet rendezvous

2014-08-06 12:00

The space probe Rosetta on Wednesday made a historic rendezvous with a comet, climaxing a 10-year, six billion-kilometre chase through the Solar System.

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 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.

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.

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.

Probe headed for duck-shaped comet

2014-07-18 10:35

New images reveal that the deep-space comet, on which mankind plans to land a probe, has an 'extraordinarily irregular', duck-like shape, the European Space Agency says.

Compressed diamond sheds light on mega-planets

2014-07-16 22:37

Physicists in the US reported they had compressed diamond to a density greater than that of lead, a technical feat that yields insights into the secrets of giant planets.

India launches five foreign satellites

2014-06-30 12:40

India launched a rocket carring five foreign satellites Monday, as Premier Narendra Modi called on his country's scientists to develop their own satellite for South Asian nations.

Space-tourism balloon takes off

2014-06-25 14:50

An Arizona company has completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 32km above the Earth.

Japan satellites to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl

2014-06-19 14:32

Two Japanese satellites will be launched from Russia to monitor environmental damage near the crippled nuclear plants in Fukushima and Chernobyl, officials say.

Nasa hopes for second bite at 'flying saucer' launch

2014-06-13 09:41

Nasa hopes to try again to launch a "flying saucer" into Earth's atmosphere to test Mars mission technology after losing the chance because of bad weather.

Nasa postpones Mars flying saucer

2014-06-11 21:13

Nasa has postponed testing of a Mars 'flying saucer' parachute high in Earth's atmosphere.

US should focus on sending people to Mars

2014-06-05 11:30

The US should abandon its "flexible approach" to human missions beyond Earth, set Mars as its ultimate goal and open the door to China among other potential partners, space flight review has said.

Nasa to test giant Mars parachute on Earth

2014-06-02 11:03

The skies off the Hawaiian island of Kauai will be a stand-in for Mars as Nasa prepares to launch a saucer-shaped vehicle in an experimental flight designed to land heavy loads on the red planet.

Soyuz takes 'shortcut route' to ISS

2014-05-29 07:37

A Russian spacecraft carrying a three-man crew docked successfully at the International Space Station following a flawless launch.

Asteroids take aim at the Earth

2014-05-27 09:41

A number of asteroids are set to pass the Earth, with one coming very close to the planet.

Brand new meteor shower debut

2014-05-22 20:39

There's a new meteor shower and it might even turn into a full-fledged storm of shooting stars.


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.

China eyes first space station by 2022

2014-09-10 13:49

China expects to establish its first space station by around 2022, building upon the experience of an experimental module already in orbit.

Durbanites eye Mars one-way trip

2014-09-03 08:35

One might start to ask about the exodus from Durban to Mars, with two more locals on the shortlist of people worldwide vying for the one-way trip.

Sex geckos chill in space

2014-09-02 07:48

Five geckos sent into orbit to test the effect of weightlessness on the small lizards' sex lives have all frozen.

Underground lab glimpses 'soul' of the Sun

2014-08-28 05:00

A lab sited under 1.4km of rock has detected particles from the Sun that help to measure activity at the very heart of our star, scientists say.

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.

Probe rendezvous with comet after 6bn km

2014-08-06 18:38

The space probe Rosetta has made a historic rendezvous with a comet climaxing a 10-year, six-billion-kilometre chase through the Solar System.

Captains of industry in race to space

2014-08-04 09:37

Captains of industry are a new breed of space pioneers using private money to push the final frontier as government space programmes fall away.

Riddle of bulging Moon solved at last

2014-07-31 05:00

Far from being perfectly round, the Moon has a weird shape, with a highland bulge on the side facing the Earth and another bulge on its far side.

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.

Russian spacecraft docks with ISS, satellite fails

2014-07-24 08:17

A cargo craft successfully docked with the International Space Station, the Russian space agency Roskosmos has said.

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.

Buzz: Where were you when I walked on moon?

2014-07-17 12:24

It has been 45 years since Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were on the moon. Now Aldrin is asking everyone to remember where they were when the first humans stepped onto another heavenly body.

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.

Nasa tests new Mars-landing technology

2014-06-29 10:08

Nasa has sent a saucer-like vehicle high into the sky to test technology for a future Mars landing, but its parachute tangled when deployed and the spacecraft splashed into the Pacific Ocean.

Cosmonauts finish tiring ISS spacewalk

2014-06-20 08:33

A pair of Russian cosmonauts has wrapped up a tiring and unexpectedly long spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

Experts cast doubt on Big Bang discovery

2014-06-14 22:54

Astrophysicists are casting doubt on what just recently was deemed a breakthrough in confirming how the universe was born.

Water heater cause of smoke on ISS

2014-06-12 07:26

A galley water heater is being blamed for smoke aboard the International Space Station.

Apollo moon rocks hint at other planet

2014-06-05 21:38

Lunar rocks brought back by the Apollo astronauts more than 40 years ago contain evidence of a Mars-sized planet that scientists believe crashed into Earth and created the moon.

Astronomers discover a 'Godzilla' of Earths

2014-06-03 10:40

Astronomers have spotted the 'Godzilla' of all Earths, a huge rocky planet orbiting a star 560 light years away that is changing scientists' understanding of the origins of the universe.

SpaceX unveils game-changing spacecraft

2014-05-30 10:29

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says he will revolutionise access to space after unveiling a spacecraft designed to ferry up to seven astronauts to low-Earth orbit.

Jade Rabbit is alive but struggling

2014-05-28 18:03

China's troubled Jade Rabbit moon rover is still alive after more than five months on the moon but is heading for an icy death.

My flatmate’s annoying habits

2014-05-23 11:30

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.

Nasa: Space station can work without Russia

2014-05-20 07:31

Nasa's leader has dismissed concerns that US friction with Russia might spell the end of the International Space Station, saying it could keep operating without Russia.

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