Slice of space history goes under the hammer

Five hundred 'space artifacts' are set for the auctioneer's block later this month - including a Playboy calendar photo that made it to the moon in 1969.

Indian rocket explodes on launch

An Indian rocket was deliberately blown up on Christmas Day less than a minute after launch.

Was the Star of Bethlehem really a star?

According to the New Testament, the guiding light that led the failthful to the birth of baby Jesus was the Star of Bethlehem.

Solar sail flotilla could intercept Apophis asteroid

The Apophis asteroid (99942) is expected to pass uncomfortably close to Earth in 2036.

Study gives clues to future of Milky Way's central black hole

A new study from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory could tell us more about how black holes are created - and about the future of the black hole at the heart of our own galaxy.

South Pole neutrino observatory completed

The world's largest neutrino observatory was completed on Saturday, with the installation of the final string of optical sensors in the IceCube Neutrino Observatory.

NASA illuminates dark side of the moon

NASA is working on a topographic map of the moon showing its mysterious dark side in greater detail than ever before.

To X-37B or not to X-37B? 



Back in May 2010, shortly after it was launched, I wrote a speculative piece about the military's X-37B experimental unmanned craft.

Saturnian cyclone has lasted five years

Researchers at the University of the Basque Country say they've been monitoring a cyclone on Saturn for more than five years, making it the longest-lasting cyclone ever found on any of the giant planets.

Hubble snaps 'Christmas tree bauble'

New images from the Hubble Space Telescope show an appropriately festive-looking bubble of gas in our neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud.

Voyager 1 enters the doldrums

After 33 years' traveling, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached the point at the edge of the solar system where the solar wind has died down.

Solar eruption hits Earth today

'Citizen scientists' have discovered that a major solar storm is to hit the Earth today.

Ridge on Saturn's moon created as ring slammed into the equator

In the five years since Cassini released images of a bizarre ridge encircling the equator of Saturn's moon Iapetus, astronomers have struggled for an explanation.

Fastest-ever man-made craft gets EU go-ahead

The EU has agreed funding for a project to create the largest and fastest man-made craft in history.

The diamond as big as a planet

It's a long way to go, but it could be worth it: most of the rocks on an odd gas giant 1,200 light years away could be made of diamond, astronomers say.

Planetary system looks very like our own

With the discovery of a fourth giant planet, astronomers are hailing the HR 8799 system as remarkably similar to our own.

SpaceX test flight goes without a hitch

A day later than planned, the first test flight and re-entry of a commercial spaceship has been completed successfuly.

Spacecraft fails to enter Venus orbit

Japan's Akatsuki probe has failed to go into orbit around Venus as planned, meaning a six-year wait until another attempt can be made.

Miniature satellite ejected in space

Yesterday, NASA for the first time successfully ejected a nanosatellite from a free-flying microsatellite, marking a big step forward for efforts to clear space junk using solar sails.

Cracks delay SpaceX demo flight

The first demonstration flight of SpaceX's Falcon 9 commercial spacecraft for NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program has been postponed.