NASA plans to harpoon comet

NASA is planning to use a giant crossbow and harpoon to capture samples from a speeding comet.

Paul Allen to build private shuttle replacement

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has announced plans to build the world's largest plane in an effort to create a replacement for the retired US space shuttles.

NASA gets up close and personal with Vesta asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has successfully maneuvered into its closest orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. 



Mars could harbor life - but Curiosity's unlikely to find it

As much as three percent of Mars could sustain life, say scientists from the Australian National University - but most habitable areas are underground.

SETI to check out Kepler exoplanets for signs of alien life

Scientists at the SETI Institute are to pop their headphones back on and start listening out for aliens once again, thanks to new funding.

Opportunity finds evidence of flowing water on ancient Mars

NASA's Opportunity rover has found veins of a mineral that appears to be gypsum, and which could only have been deposited by flowing water.

Solar storms 'sandblasting' the moon

Solar storms and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are powerful enough to erode the surface of the moon, NASA simulations indicate.

Astronomers find fastest rotating star

Astronomers say they've discovered their fastest-spinning star, a hot blue giant rotating at a million miles per hour - 100 times faster than our sun.

Biggest-ever black holes found

Astronomers have discovered the two largest black holes ever - 10 billion times as massive as our own sun - which look set to consume everything within a region five times the size of our solar system.

Astronomers discover fastest-rotating massive star



An international team of scientists has discovered the fastest-rotating massive star ever recorded.

Alien planet is in habitable zone

NASA's Kepler space observatory has discovered its first confirmed planet in the so-called "habitable zone" - the region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.

Christmas gamma ray burst explained?

Astronomers have come up with two competing theories to explain a mysterious cosmic explosion first detected by NASA's Swift observatory on Christmas Day 2010.

Worms could hold key to human survival in space

A colony of tiny worms originally dug up from a city garbage dump has survived a stint in space, in research aimed at helping discover how the human body might cope with a trip to another planet.

Curiosity rover on its way to Mars

NASA's state-of-the-art Mars rover, Curiosity, set off safely for the red planet on Saturday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

More signals received from stranded Phobos probe

Communication with the stranded Phobos-Grunt Martian probe is coming and going, following a first successful contact on Tuesday.

Contact re-established with Phobos-Grunt spacecraft

The European Space Agency (ESA) has managed to re-establish communications with Russia's Phobos-Grunt spacecraft. 



ESA makes contact with lost Martian probe

The European Space Agency says that one of its ground stations has managed to re-establish contact with Russia's Phobos-Grunt probe, two weeks after control was lost.

Astronauts land safely in Kazakhstan

In the first manned re-entry since the Shuttle fleet was retired earlier this year, three International Space Station crew members touched down safely last night.

NASA’s Mars rover launches on November 26

NASA has confirmed that its Curiosity rover will depart for Mars on November 26 from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

China's Shenzhou-8 lands successfully in Mongolia

China's successfully recovered its unmanned Shenzhou-8 spacecraft, following its docking with the country's fledgling space station Tiangong-1.