ARTICLES RELATING TO SPACE

Tiny Stellenbosch satellite ready for launch from ISS

2016-08-24 17:15

It is ready, set, go for a nanosatellite developed in Stellenbosch that will be launched along with 49 others from the International Space Station.

SA scientists discover 'void' at centre of Milky Way

2016-08-02 21:45

A team of South African, Japanese and Italian astronomers have found that the centre of the Milky Way is completely devoid of any young stars.

Nasa's Kepler discovers more than 104 new exoplanets

2016-07-19 11:19

Researchers have discovered 104 new planets outside our solar system, including four that could have Earth-like, rocky surfaces.

MeerKAT makes magic

2016-07-17 16:28

Even operating at a quarter of its eventual capacity, South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope has shown off its phenomenal power, revealing 1 300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before.

First virus-hunter in space will test DNA-decoding device

2016-07-13 22:38

Newly arrived space station astronaut Kate Rubins will attempt to complete the first full-blown DNA decoding, or "sequencing", in orbit with a pocket-size device.

What is the goal of Juno's mission to Jupiter?

2016-07-05 22:00

Nasa's Juno spacecraft has begun circling Jupiter on a 20-month mission to learn more about the origin of the solar system's most massive planet.

Nasa counts down to orbit of Jupiter

2016-07-04 19:53

Nasa is counting down to a high-stakes attempt to orbit closer than ever to the planet Jupiter, on a $1.1bn mission to probe the origin of the solar system.

Pilot Piccard: Solar flight is dream come true

2016-06-23 21:52

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, 58, has just realised his dream of crossing the Atlantic ocean solo aboard the Solar Impulse 2 plane, with the Sun as his only source of power.

India launches 20 satellites in single mission

2016-06-22 16:13

India has successfully launched a rocket carrying 20 satellites, setting a new national record as its famously frugal space agency looks to grab a larger slice of the lucrative commercial space market.

SA tech to help clean up 'space junk'

2016-06-20 11:53

Researchers in Stellenbosch have developed avionics for the two DebrisSats which will remove space junk in orbit around the Earth.

 

SpaceX lands Falcon 9 rocket after launch

2016-08-14 20:13

SpaceX has successfully landed a reusable Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship at sea after the vehicle sent a Japanese communications satellite into orbit.

Goodbye Philae: Earth severs link with silent comet probe

2016-07-27 16:23

Ground controllers have bid a final farewell to robot lab Philae, cutting communications after a year-long silence with the tiny probe hurtling through space on the surface of a comet.

Off-roading on the Moon? The next lunar rover could be a Suzuki

2016-07-18 08:51

The next lunar rover could be a Suzuki as a team of engineers hope to be the first privately funded lunar exploration team in Google's Lunar XPRIZE, often called Moon 2.0.

SpaceX to launch 'parking spot' to space station

2016-07-17 14:45

SpaceX is poised to launch its unmanned Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station, carrying a key piece of equipment that was lost last year in a rocket explosion.

Japan satellite made 'surprise' find before failure

2016-07-08 13:02

A Japanese satellite has recorded unprecedented observations of the Perseus galaxy before it disappeared from contact, scientists said, offering precious new information about how gas travels in the faraway cluster.

Nasa's Juno spacecraft successfully orbits Jupiter

2016-07-05 07:56

Nasa is celebrating a key triumph as its R16-billion Juno spacecraft successfully slipped into orbit around Jupiter on a mission to probe the origin of the solar system.

Last hurrah for Rosetta space probe

2016-06-30 23:02

After a journey lasting 12 years, a date has been set for the comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta last hurrah: a crash landing.

Dormant black hole 'awakens' to devour star

2016-06-23 08:40

Scientists have witnessed in unprecedented detail a star being ripped to shreds and devoured by a dormant supermassive black hole.

Returned astronaut relishes loo luxury

2016-06-21 23:02

Using a normal toilet and appreciating weather - "any weather whatsoever" - are some of the small pleasures astronaut Tim Peake has enjoyed most since returning from the ISS.

Desert telescope stakes out huge black hole

2016-06-16 21:13

First talked about more than 230 years ago, black holes have been extensively researched, frequently depicted and even featured in sci-fi films.

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