Twin fools Nasa at brother's launch

2015-03-31 05:00

The identical twin of an astronaut has fooled Nasa at his brother's launch on a 1-year flight.

Nasa picks an asteroid rock to pave the road to Mars

2015-03-26 08:10

The US space agency says a Nasa robot ship will pluck a large boulder off an asteroid and sling it around the moon, becoming an ad hoc destination to prepare for future human missions to Mars.

400km-wide meteorite crater found in Australia

2015-03-23 08:23

An ancient meteorite crater 400km wide has been found in central Australia, scientists say.

Selfie generation warned over eclipse peril

2015-03-19 23:25

An eclipse set to sweep Europe and parts of Africa and Asia, poses a danger to selfie-takers, eye specialists have warned.

Milky Way may host billions of planets in 'habitable' zones

2015-03-18 12:42

The Milky Way galaxy may be home to billions of planets orbiting their host stars in a 'habitable zone' where life could theoretically exist, researchers say.

Underground ocean discovered on Jupiter moon

2015-03-13 19:45

An underground ocean discovered on Jupiter's largest moon Ganymede is thought to hold more water than all of Earth's oceans.

No word yet from comet probe: ESA

2015-03-12 19:07

A long-awaited communications window between Earth and robot lab Philae, zipping through space perched on a comet, has opened without immediate signs of life.

Space soprano plans first duet from ISS

2015-03-11 05:00

British singer Sarah Brightman is planning a duet when she becomes the first soprano to board the International Space Station later this year.

SpaceX rocket blasts off with all-electric satellites

2015-03-02 10:19

A Space Exploration Technologies rocket has blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to put the world's first all-electric communications satellites into orbit.

Spacesuit woes haunt Nasa ahead of crucial spacewalks

2015-02-19 12:09

With three complicated spacewalks planned in the coming days, Nasa is rushing to resolve a spacesuit problem linked to a 2013 emergency when water dangerously flooded a European astronaut's helmet.


Feud on Earth but peace in space for US, Russia

2015-03-26 10:22

Hundreds of kilometres below on Earth, their governments are locked in a standoff over Ukraine - but up in space, Russian cosmonauts and American astronauts are still working together side by side.

Mars has nitrogen, key to life - Nasa

2015-03-25 08:13

Nasa’s Curiosity rover has found nitrogen on the surface of Mars, a significant discovery that adds to evidence the Red Planet could once have sustained life, the space agency says.

Eclipse thrills on remote Arctic islands

2015-03-20 18:40

A solar eclipse thrilled thousands of sky gazers on remote Arctic islands but clouds disappointed some viewers of a rare celestial show.

Dust cloud, aurora detected around Mars

2015-03-19 13:48

A Nasa spacecraft circling Mars has detected a mysterious dust cloud and a vibrant aurora, both unexpected phenomena on Earth's neighbouring planet, researchers say.

Cosmonaut remembers first space walk 50 years ago

2015-03-18 05:00

Fifty years after Alexei Leonov carried out the first space walk he still vividly recalls the moment he emerged from the capsule to become the only human to have floated in the cosmos.

Nasa launches satellites to track 'magnetosphere'

2015-03-13 11:09

Four identical satellites which will study the interactions between solar winds and the Earth’s magnetic fields blasted off into Space and settled into orbit begin a two-year study, Nasa says.

3 astronauts return from Space Station

2015-03-12 10:50

A Soyuz capsule carrying two Russians and one American has landed in Kazakhstan, ending the astronauts' six month-stint aboard the International Space Station.

Dawn over Ceres

2015-03-07 06:45

Nasa's Dawn spacecraft has became the first craft to orbit a dwarf planet as it reached Ceres after a nearly eight-year, 5-billion-kilometre journey.

Russia to keep its part of space station after its duty ends

2015-02-25 12:41

Russia's space agency expects the International Space Station to stay in orbit through 2024, and plans to create its own space outpost with its segment of the station after that.

'Cloud' over Mars leaves scientists baffled

2015-02-17 10:20

Amateur astronomers have spotted two strange, cloud-like plumes high over Mars, deepening the mystery of what constitutes the Red Planet's atmosphere.

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