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.

Billionaire pledges $100m to find ET

2015-07-20 14:37

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner has announced that he plans to spend $100m to explore the idea of whether we are alone in the universe.

ISS crew celebrates 1975 space 'handshake'

2015-07-15 22:46

Two Russians and an American in orbit have commemorated the 40th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz mission, when a "handshake in space" brought the two Cold War rivals closer together.

Pluto probe survives encounter, phones home

2015-07-15 15:02

A US spacecraft has sailed past the tiny planet Pluto in the distant reaches of the solar system.

Pluto bigger than expected

2015-07-13 23:44

Mysterious Pluto has turned out to be larger than expected as Nasa's New Horizons spacecraft wraps up a nearly decade-long journey, with a close flyby on track, scientists say.

US selects four new astronauts

2015-07-09 23:32

Three men and one woman have been named by Nasa as the first four astronauts who will fly aboard spaceships built by private companies Boeing and SpaceX in the coming years.

Computer glitch won't affect Pluto flyby - Nasa

2015-07-08 08:17

Nasa has said it expects the New Horizons spacecraft to be back in service after a computer glitch on the weekend threatened its upcoming historic flyby of Pluto.


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.

Hawking launches massive search for aliens

2015-07-20 16:48

British cosmologist Steven Hawking has launched the biggest-ever search for alien life called Breakthrough Listen.

ISS astronauts dodge Russian space debris

2015-07-16 18:56

Three astronauts living at the International Space Station have been forced to scramble to safety after what Nasa described as a close pass of debris.

Pluto close-up pics streaming in slowly

2015-07-15 17:11

Scientists are receiving data that will offer the closest look ever of Pluto after the unmanned Nasa spacecraft whizzed by the distant dwarf planet.

New Horizons spacecraft speeds past Pluto

2015-07-14 19:07

A US spacecraft has become the first to fly past the dwarf planet Pluto, capping the exploration of the solar system.

It's showtime for Pluto

2015-07-12 22:19

Pluto is about to reveal itself. So Earthlings, sit back and enjoy the show.

Astronomers see black hole waking up

2015-07-09 22:32

A black hole awakening out of dormancy has been observed for the first time, say scientists led by Megan Argo at Britain's Jodrell Bank Center for Astrophysics.

Nasa briefly loses touch with Pluto mission

2015-07-06 20:47

Nasa briefly lost touch this weekend with an unmanned spacecraft on its way to a historic encounter with Pluto.

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