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India launches its biggest ever rocket into space

2014-12-18 14:24

India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket carrying an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space.

SA nanosatellite survives one year in space

2014-12-13 08:05

Nanosatellite TshepisoSAT has survived one year in space after travelling 250 million kilometres, snapping a range of images and beating 50% survival odds.

Mars mountain may have arisen from lake sediments

2014-12-09 13:27

A mountain on Mars may have built up over time from lake sediments, according to Nasa scientists who have been studying observations from the Curiosity rover scouring the Red Planet.

Orion safe after successful flight

2014-12-05 19:24

Nasa's unmanned Orion space capsule has splashed down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja California following its first flight test.

Great news: mammograms may be less painful

2014-12-05 09:22

Space tourists may soon be plunking down six figures and buying passage to a low-earth orbit. But they should be aware of the health risks from gravitational forces, space radiation and space motion sickness.

The unique risks space tourists will face

2014-12-04 14:41

Space tourists may soon be plunking down six figures and buying passage to a low-earth orbit. But they should be aware of the health risks from gravitational forces, space radiation and space motion sickness.

Mislaunched nav satellite may get 2nd life

2014-12-03 07:28

A navigation satellite sent astray by a mislaunch in August, has sent a signal from its faulty orbit, and may yet prove useful.

Earthlings to send 90 000 hellos to Mars

2014-11-28 13:41

Radio telescopes on Earth will beam 90 000 messages to Mars to commemorate the launch 50 years ago of the first robotic probe to visit the planet.

Schker-blop! Philae comet touchdown

2014-11-20 21:09

No trumpet sounded to mark the historic event - instead, it was a hollow, springy plop which heralded last week's landing by the comet probe Philae.

Comet gas may help lander recharge

2014-11-18 13:08

Gas jets from inside a comet hosting Europe's Philae lander may launch the hibernating probe out of its ditch and back into sunlight for a battery recharge.

Comet scientists take break after Philae landing

2014-11-16 22:22

The ESA says that its scientists are taking a bit of a break after working for four days around the clock since the pioneering lander Philae touched down on a comet.

Philae to attempt comet drill

2014-11-14 20:19

Europe's robot lab Philae to drill into its host comet with just hours of onboard battery life left.

Philae somewhere on comet - ESA

2014-11-13 21:06

The exact location of robot probe Philae remains a mystery, but it is still sending a slew of data and photographs to Earth, says the European Space Agency.

Virgin Galactic pilot thrown free as ship fell

2014-11-12 22:16

The surviving pilot of the Virgin Galactic spaceship that tore apart over the Mojave Desert was thrown clear of the disintegrating craft, federal investigators have said.

Philae joy turns into concern

2014-11-12 20:37

Europe's robot probe Philae may not be securely anchored to comet 67P after an apparent glitch with its landing harpoons, the ESA says.

Rosetta puts probe on comet in space first

2014-11-12 19:57

The European probe Philae has made the first-ever landing on a comet, a crowning phase in a quest to explore the origins of the Solar System.

Rosetta's probe makes space history

2014-11-12 18:22

The probe, Philae, sent from the Rosetta spacecraft has landed on comet 67P after a trip of 10 years, five months and four days, making space history.

All systems go for historic comet landing

2014-11-12 11:31

The European Space Agency has ordered a probe to attempt the first landing on a comet and investigate one of the great mysteries of the Solar System.

Final countdown nears for 1st comet landing

2014-11-11 20:30

The final countdown is approaching for one of the most audacious space adventures ever - the European Space Agency's attempt to land a robot on a comet.

Elon Musk eyes internet satellites

2014-11-11 08:46

High-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has reportedly added global internet access from satellites to his vision of a future.

New 'Hope' spaceship restoring Virgin Galactic

2014-11-06 14:06

The hangar that housed Virgin Galactic's ill-fated SpaceShipTwo has an empty space, but at a manufacturing plant just down the road technicians are back at work putting together an identical sister ship.

Virgin boss hits out after safety warning claim

2014-11-03 19:13

Virgin Galactic boss Richard Branson has hit out against hurtful critics and self-proclaimed experts after a rocket scientist said that the company had ignored safety warnings.

Virgin ignored space safety warnings - expert

2014-11-02 21:16

A rocket science safety expert says Virgin Galactic "ignored" safety warnings in the years leading up to the deadly crash of its spacecraft in California.

Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes

2014-10-31 21:07

A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic has crashed during a test flight.

Space exploration will always be a dangerous game

2014-10-30 08:57

Despite the relative routine nature of launches into space, the explosion of the Orbital Sciences craft has illustrated that the industry remains a high-risk one.

 

Google postpones moon shot deadline

2014-12-17 08:33

Google has postponed the Lunar Xprize but requires teams to submit active proposals by the end of 2015, the internet search giant has announced.

Nasa does 'All About That Bass' parody

2014-12-12 10:12

Nasa has joined a host of parodies of Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass with its own take on the popular hit single.

Pluto-bound spacecraft to be woken from hibernation to start mission

2014-12-07 20:36

After nine years and a journey of 4.8 billion kilometres, Nasa's New Horizons robotic probe will be woken from hibernation to begin its unprecedented mission: the study of the icy dwarf planet Pluto.

Orion capsule blasts off

2014-12-05 15:34

Nasa's Orion capsule has blasted off on its first journey into orbit, in a key test flight before carrying people to deep space destinations like Mars.

Nasa pushes back Orion launch

2014-12-04 20:19

Nasa has been forced to push back the launch of the new Orion spacecraft due to wind and faulty rocket valves.

Nasa poised for Orion's first step to Mars

2014-12-04 12:22

The Orion spacecraft, designed to carry humans farther in deep space than ever before, is poised to blast off in what Nasa hails as a first step in mankind's journey to Mars.

Space tourists face unique health risks

2014-12-03 07:28

Space tourists may soon be plunking down six figures and buying passage to a low-earth orbit - but they should know there are likely to be health risks.

Soyuz delivers first Italy woman astronaut to ISS

2014-11-24 08:02

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Italy's first female astronaut has safely docked with the International Space Station.

Comet team detects molecules, basis of life

2014-11-19 15:02

European comet lander Philae "sniffed" organic molecules containing the carbon element that is the basis of life on Earth before its primary battery ran out and it shut down, scientists have said.

Comet project a waste of time and money

2014-11-17 11:50

A Fin24 user has a much better use for a mere fraction of the billions he says are wasted on bogus comet research.

Philae lander may communicate again

2014-11-15 11:54

European space scientists are hoping that they succeeded in manoeuvring the comet lander into the sun and that it will resume communicating with recharged batteries.

Comet probe in race against time

2014-11-14 19:59

Robot lab Philae may lose power before it can transmit results of a much-anticipated attempt to probe below the surface, mission scientists say.

Comet lander not anchored, but sending data

2014-11-12 22:32

Europe's robot probe Philae did not anchor to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after landing harpoons failed to fire, but still managed to send home lots of data, the ESA has said.

Philae joy turns into concern

2014-11-12 21:14

Europe's robot probe Philae may not be securely anchored to comet 67P after an apparent glitch with its landing harpoons, the ESA says.

Probe lands on comet in space first: ESA

2014-11-12 20:17

The European probe Philae has made the first-ever landing on a comet, a crowning phase in a quest to explore the origins of the Solar System.

Rosetta puts probe on comet in space first

2014-11-12 19:25

The European probe Philae has made the first-ever landing on a comet, a crowning phase in a quest to explore the origins of the Solar System.

Relief as signal arrives from Rosetta lander

2014-11-12 15:30

Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has made contact with its robot craft Philae soon after the lander embarked on a solo, seven-hour descent to a comet.

Google takes over Nasa airport in Silicon Valley

2014-11-12 10:00

The internet giant has signed a 60-year lease to run the historic Moffett Field in Silicon Valley that comes with massive hangars for airships.

'Target locked' as comet hunter eyes landing

2014-11-11 13:00

European scientists are gearing for the culmination of two decades' work and a €1.3bn ($1.6bn) bet with the first-ever landing on a comet.

ISS crew heads home after space stint

2014-11-10 08:44

A three-person crew at the International Space Station has boarded a Russian Soyuz rocket to begin their trip back to Earth.

'Feathering system' involved in SpaceShipTwo crash

2014-11-03 09:06

Investigators say Virgin Galactic's experimental spaceship broke apart in flight over California's Mojave Desert after a device to slow the craft's descent prematurely deployed.

Branson shocked by crash

2014-11-01 08:04

The crash by Virgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft on a test flight in California has raised questions about its future.

Decades old engines powered rocket that exploded

2014-10-30 12:21

The Orbital Sciences rocket that exploded after its launch had been powered by a pair of rocket engines that were made during the Soviet era and refurbished, experts say.

Disaster as ISS bound rocket explodes

2014-10-29 08:25

An unmanned Antares rocket has exploded seconds after liftoff from a commercial launch pad in Virginia.

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