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.

China recovers Russia rocket debris

2014-05-19 07:30

Objects that have crashed to the ground in China have been identified as space debris after a Russian rocket carrying a communications satellite fell back to Earth after lift-off.

Inmarsat rocket failure will delay network

2014-05-16 22:13

British satellite company Inmarsat said the failure of a Proton rocket will probably delay its new Global Xpress network.

Russia rocket fails after liftoff

2014-05-16 08:01

A Russian Proton rocket carrying a European-built satellite fell back to Earth shortly after liftoff in the latest accident to hit the country's once-proud space industry.

Three ISS astronauts land safely

2014-05-14 07:35

Three astronauts, including a Russian and an American, have touched down safely on Earth aboard a Soyuz capsule.

Mars mission scientist Colin Pillinger dies

2014-05-08 14:59

British planetary scientist Colin Pillinger, the driving force behind the ill-fated Beagle 2 mission to Mars has died at the age of 70, his family says.

Nasa to grow veggies in space

2014-05-07 10:03

Nasa has created a portable growth unit on the International Space station that will be able to grow plants such as lettuce for the astronauts on board.

Jupiter's moon has layers of water, possibly life

2014-05-05 18:31

Scientists say that Jupiter's moon Ganymede may possess ice and liquid oceans stacked up in several layers much like the popular multi-layered sandwich.

SpaceX sues US Air Force over satellite contracts

2014-04-26 14:21

SpaceX has filed suit against the US Air Force for awarding billions of dollars to a single company for national security launches.

Earth was hit by 26 'nuclear' blasts since 2000

2014-04-24 12:03

New recordings on the earth have shown that in the last 13 years there has been 26 nuclear scale blasts that has been caused by asteroids.

Nasa's space station Robonaut getting legs

2014-04-19 22:28

Nasa's space station humanoid Robonaut is finally getting legs, the next step for astro-apprentices.

Bug makes military satellites a hacker target

2014-04-17 14:00

Military satellites have security vulnerabilities that makes them liable to be hacked a report says.


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.

Nasa's planet-hunting Kepler telescope given new mission

2014-05-18 20:22

Nasa plans to revive its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope for a new mission after a positioning system problem sidelined the observatory last year.

Flaming mystery object falls from sky

2014-05-16 11:00

Australians have reported seeing a flaming object plummeting to Earth, but the incident remains a mystery as no evidence of a crash has been found.

Russia may stop US rides to ISS

2014-05-14 19:48

Moscow may reject Washington's request to extend the station's lifespan by four years until 2024 as the latest crew from the ISS lands safely.

International space station loses power

2014-05-09 10:19

The International Space Station is down one power channel because of an electrical malfunction, but Nasa says everyone and everything is safe up there.

A few items auctioned from space

2014-05-08 13:08

A Russian space capsule put up for auction in Brussels is not the first item stemming from a space mission to have gone under the hammer. Here are other examples.

Arianespace launches satellite for Kazakhstan

2014-04-30 07:29

The Arianespace consortium has successfully launched a rocket that lofted an Earth observation satellite for Kazakhstan.

Earth 'overdue' for major asteroid impact

2014-04-25 08:07

The Earth is overdue for a major asteroid impact that could wreak much more devastation if hit a city than an atomic bomb, a new study says.

Dragon supply capsule reaches orbiting ISS

2014-04-21 15:16

The unmanned Dragon capsule from the private US firm SpaceX has successfully reached the International Space Station, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab.

Moon-orbiting robot crashes down

2014-04-18 20:30

Nasa flight controllers have confirmed that the orbiting spacecraft Ladee crashed into the back side of the moon as planned.

Rocket leak delays ISS delivery launch

2014-04-15 08:15

Space X has called off a planned launch because of a rocket leak, meaning that a cargo run destined for the ISS will wait a bit longer.

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