DARPA's new telescope is ready for aliens

The Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have just created the world’s coolest telescope, strong enough to see all those aliens on other planets. 

Russia wants a nuclear-powered spacecraft for Mars mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently working with NASA to develop a major Mars exploration project.

Cosmic radiation damages astronauts' hearts

Long-distance space travel could harm astronauts' arteries, say University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers.

Bizarre cosmic explosion observed

Astronomers are poring over data from what they say is one of the most puzzling cosmic blasts ever observed.

SpaceX announces world's biggest rocket

SpaceX has announced what's to be the world's largest rocket, the Falcon Heavy, set to launch as soon as the end of next year.

Soyuz blasts off for ISS in taste of things to come

Almost fifty years to the day since the first human spaceflight blasted off, the Soyuz TMA-21 mission last night left for the International Space Station.

Board formed to take world's largest telescope to next stage of development

The world’s biggest radio telescope project has taken a step closer to reality with the establishment of a founding board by nine national governmental and research organisations.

NASA image shows a thousand potential planets

What do more than a thousand planet candidates and their suns look like? Jason Rowe, of NASA's Kepler science team has produced an image that shows each of the 1,235 potential planets so far discovered transiting its star.

Lumps and bumps reveal Earth's varying gravity field

The European Space Agency has released a model of the Earth showing how gravity varies across its surface.

Alien mining could be visible from Earth

If we want to find intelligent aliens, we should be looking for signs of mining in extraterrestrial asteroid belts, argue two astrophysicists.

Messenger delivers first Mercury photo

NASA's released the first picture of the surface of Mercury taken by its Messenger spacecraft early yesterday morning.

Israel teams with Russia on space research

Israel and Russia have signed a deal to cooperate and share technology in space research and exploration.

James Cameron disappointed as NASA scraps 3D plans

NASA says it's abandoned plans for two high-resolution 3D cameras to be carried by the next Mars rover.

Supernova observations may explain cosmic rays

Move over CERN: a pattern of X-ray 'stripes' in the remains of a supernova may provide the first direct evidence that supernovae can accelerate particles to energies a hundred times higher than the Large Ladron Collider.

ESA spots matter escaping from black hole

ESA’s Integral gamma-ray observatory has spotted apparently-doomed hot matter just a millisecond before plunging into a black hole - but says it appears that some of the matter may be escaping.

Cool brown dwarf could have water-based clouds

We normally think of stars as hot - but scientists using ESO's Very large telescope say they've found a pair of cool brown dwarfs, one of which is no hotter than a sauna or a cup of tea.

Scientists hope to check Martian surface for earthling DNA

MIT research scientists are planning to check whether we're all Martians, descended from organisms that were carried here aboard meteorites.

Bugs in space!

Scientists have been studying how spaceflight makes bacteria more virulent, in work that could have implications for the health of the Earthbound as well as astronauts.

It's spring on Titan, and it's raining methane

Liquid methane has been raining down on Titan, say NASA scientists, who have observed the equatorial weather on Saturn's largest moon for the first time.

Messenger moves into orbit around Mercury

NASA's Messenger spacecraft is poised to go into orbit around Mercury tonight, after a six-year, five billion-mile journey.