ARTICLES RELATING TO SPACE

Russian, Danish, Kazakh astronauts launch towards ISS

2015-09-02 16:02

A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts on board, including the first Dane to fly into space, blasted off towards the International Space Station on Wednesday.

SpaceX rocket grounded for 'couple more months'

2015-09-01 10:02

SpaceX plans to keep its Falcon 9 rocket grounded longer than planned following a launch accident in June that destroyed a space station cargo ship.

Mystery of Saturn's 'F ring' cracked

2015-08-18 06:33

An enigmatic ring of icy particles circling Saturn, herded into a narrow ribbon by two tiny moons, was probably born of a cosmic collision.

Philae silver lining: robot lab shielded from sun

2015-08-12 21:42

When a comet whizzes past the Sun on Thursday it won't mean certain high-temperature death for a European robot lab riding on the chunk of ice and dust.

It's showtime for Perseid meteors

2015-08-12 18:39

Dark skies due to a nearly invisible moon will make this year's Perseid meteor shower an especially star-studded event.

KZN man ready for next Mars One challenge

2015-08-04 15:12

A KwaZulu-Natal man is a step closer to realising his dream of being among the first humans to establish a colony on Mars by 2027.

Five important things to know about the search for aliens

2015-08-03 21:17

The debate about the existence of extra-terrestrials is intensifying. Here are five important scientific things to know about the search for alien life in the universe.

Philae lander shows there's more to comets

2015-07-30 23:45

The comet lander Philae may be uncommunicative at the moment, but the pictures and measurements it took after it touched down on a comet in November have shown scientists that the comet is covered with coarse material.

Nasa finds Earth-like planet

2015-07-23 20:46

Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found what may be the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, Nasa says.

SpaceX says steel strut snapped

2015-07-21 05:19

SpaceX says a steel strut snapped during launch which doomed the rocket with space station cargo.

 

First Dane goes into space

2015-09-01 21:08

Denmark is sending its first man into space and in keeping with the country's love of all things cycling, one of his jobs will be to test new equipment on Danish-made exercise bikes.

A year and counting: Mars isolation experiment begins

2015-08-29 15:36

Six people have shut themselves inside a dome for a year in Hawaii in the longest US isolation experiment aimed at helping Nasa prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars.

Comet lander Philae still silent

2015-08-13 21:29

European scientists have revised their plans for the comet lander Philae and are now focussing on getting images and drill samples if communications are restored.

Meteor shower to light up SA sky

2015-08-12 21:40

Local star gazers are in for a treat as the annual Perseid meteor shower is set to light up the sky.

Spectacular meteor showers to light up the sky

2015-08-08 11:26

The Perseid meteor shower - an annual display of natural fireworks - should be particularly spectacular this year, with extra-dark skies expected to create optimal stargazing conditions.

Asteroid mining could 'rescue' industry

2015-08-04 11:09

As mining companies struggle with the falling price of precious metals, the answer may lie in space

Vatican sceptical about close encounters of the third kind

2015-07-31 10:31

The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. But while Pope Francis's telescope scans the starlit skies, the Vatican is sceptical of ever meeting Mr. Spock.

China launches another two GPS satellites

2015-07-26 18:54

China has successfully launched the 18th and 19th satellites of its next generation of global positioning technology.

Scientist warns against replying to ET signals

2015-07-21 19:59

A leading Australian scientist using the world-famous Parkes telescope describes his role in the biggest-ever project to find intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

Armstrong moonwalking suit crumbling

2015-07-20 22:44

A US museum has launched a crowdfunding campaign to save Neil Armstrong's spacesuit from his moonwalk.

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