A decade of Jacob Zuma has made South Africans more desperate but also more wary of politics and receptive to Siya Kolisi's brand of sincere, lived-in pragmatism, writes Cecelia Balfour.
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NASA and ESA team up for mission to deflect dangerous Earth-bound asteroids.
Images taken by a new European satellite show the levels and distribution of common air pollutants around the world, including ash spewing from a volcano in Indonesia.
Robotic comet explorer Rosetta has sent home a last-gasp photo of her target's rocky facade before crashing into its surface to end a 12-year deep-space odyssey, ground controllers say.
A house-sized asteroid will shave past our planet on October 12, far inside the Moon's orbit but without posing any threat.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy have ended their marathon 196-day mission to the International Space Station.
Scientists have sounded the alarm over the problems posed to space missions from orbital junk - the accumulating debris from mankind's six-decade exploration of the cosmos.
The European Space Agency has released stunning images of baby stars taking shape inside the Milky Way's Orion nebula.
Mission controllers have been in the dark about the fate of a tiny European craft despatched to Mars as a trial run for a rover to follow in a quest for life on the Red Planet.
The European Space Agency has bid a poignant farewell to intrepid space explorers Philae and Rosetta, brought to "life" as loveable cartoon characters that it has had to abandon on a cold, dark comet surface.
Cameras on board Europe's comet orbiter Rosetta have spotted the tiny lander Philae for the first time since its crash-landing in November 2014, the European Space Agency has said.
Airbus is celebrating the successful launch of the BepiColombo spacecraft heading to the planet Mercury.
Setting up a permanent village on the moon is the first step towards exploring Mars, the European Space Agency has said, as plans to reach and colonise the Red Planet gathered pace.
Nasa's Cassini probe is counting its final hours before one last plunge into Saturn that will cap a fruitful 13-year mission that greatly expanded knowledge about the gaseous giant.
Europe has approved the launch of a deep-space observatory to sniff out habitable planets in other star systems, along with any life forms they may host.
The NASA spacecraft Cassini has survived its plunge between the rings of Saturn and, after briefly going dark for the flyby, is communicating again.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet has floated into space on his first-ever spacewalk on a mission to help upgrade the power system outside the International Space Station.
A tiny European craft despatched to Mars for a trial touchdown "crashed" into pieces on the Red Planet's surface instead.
Europe is poised to place a paddling pool-sized lander on Mars and a gas-sniffing craft in its orbit as part of a mission with Russia to scour the Red Planet for signs of life.
The Gaia space probe has mapped more than a billion stars in the Milky Way, vastly expanding the inventory of known stars in our galaxy, the European Space Agency says.
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.
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