Astronomers found new evidence that a giant ghost planet may lurk in our solar system

2018-05-20 12:56

Researchers identified a small object well past Neptune that seems to rotate as if it's caught in a larger planet's orbit. It's the best evidence yet that there could be a hidden ninth planet.

Every spacesuit NASA astronauts have worn — and the new models that may revolutionise how they explore the solar system

2018-05-06 12:35

Spacesuits worn by astronauts have evolved since their first debut in the 1960s. NASA as well as commercial companies, like Boeing and SpaceX, continue to push the envelope as the space agency looks to explore the moon and Mars.

NASA's R10 billion mission to Mars is about to launch — here are 13 incredible facts you probably didn't know about the red planet

2018-05-02 18:16

NASA is about to launch InSight: a new, R10 billion ($850 million) robotic lander that will probe for "Mars quakes" and other mysteries of the red planet. Ahead of the mission's launch in May and landing in November, here are some of the most surprising facts abou

The best map of our galaxy ever shows where we are amid 1.7bn stars

2018-04-26 18:07

The European Space Agency's Gaia spacecraft just released the latest data from its mission.

SA readies latest ocean-watching satellite for launch

2018-04-17 10:31

Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane is to unveil South Africa's most sophisticated satellite.

SpaceX's president on Elon Musk: 'When Elon says something, you have to pause and not blurt out 'Well, that's impossible''

2018-04-12 09:10

Elon Musk is legendary for coming up with seemingly impossible ideas. At SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell is tasked with turning the entrepreneur's visions into reality.

SA's MeerKAT astronomers score massive win in discovering super magnetic star secrets

2018-04-06 05:41

South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope has scored an impressive observational victory with the publication of its magnetar study in The Astrophysical Journal.

Wake-up call #4: The myth that humans can mass-colonise another planet

2018-03-29 10:52

What are humanity’s options if we wreck the Earth and find ourselves racing against the clock to save our civilisation from extinction, asks Robert J Traydon.

Chinese space station expected to crash to Earth any day now

2018-03-23 11:57

There is a high likelihood that Chinese space lab, Tiangong-1, or "Heavenly Palace 1" will crash to Earth within days.

SpaceX defends rocket performance, amid reports 'Zuma' satellite lost

2018-01-10 15:03

SpaceX is defending its rocket performance following the weekend launch of a secret US satellite, amid reports that the satellite codenamed Zuma was lost.


A tiny satellite bound for Mars just snapped a photo of Earth that will make you feel puny and insignificant

2018-05-16 10:26

When NASA launched the InSight Mars lander on May 5, it sent along two small satellites. One of the backpack-size "CubeSat" spacecraft took a photo from about 1 million kilometres away. The image shows just how puny Earth is.

Stephen Hawking's final research was just published, and it could help us find evidence for parallel universes

2018-05-03 10:56

Our universe is likely not the only one in the multiverse, according to Stephen Hawking's final paper. But the others that exist would follow the same laws of physics that exist in our universe, it says.

NASA's R12 billion mission to Jupiter may end this summer — here are the best images Juno has taken of the giant planet so far

2018-04-28 14:56

The Juno spacecraft is about to execute is last two planned orbits of planet Jupiter. If NASA doesn't fund an extension of the mission by July, that could be it for the mission. With the fist mission soon ending, we've collected some of its best phot

A stunning new video shows what it's like to fly past a comet tumbling through space

2018-04-24 17:05

A new timelapse movie of photos taken by the Rosetta spacecraft show Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko tumbling through space amid a flurry of dust and stars.

New NASA spacecraft, to be launched tonight, could find thousands of new worlds soon

2018-04-16 08:58

SpaceX and NASA are live-broadcasting the launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), which will hunt for rocky alien worlds close to Earth.

Scientists are solving the alien origins of Europium, a strange metal found in TVs, plastics, and lasers

2018-04-06 15:55

Europium, one of the least-common elements in the universe, is found in TVs, lasers, and banknotes. Most of it was probably created by colliding neutron stars.

China's space station is about to fall from the sky — and no one is sure where it will land

2018-03-25 16:22

China's "Heavenly Palace" space station will likely crash to Earth around April 1. If you get hit by the debris, you will be compensated.

One-way trip into the unknown for SA woman

2018-02-05 10:34

Some would call Dr Adriana Marais crazy for wanting to be part of what could be a one-way trip to Mars but she believes it is worth the sacrifice.

Blow for SpaceX as secret military satellite goes missing

2018-01-09 19:20

A military satellite launched by Elon Musk’s SpaceX appears to have crashed into the sea after a malfunction while being boosted into orbit, a potential setback for the billionaire’s rocket programme.

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