Astronauts stuck on ISS as undocking manoeuvre fails

An attempt to undock a Russian Soyuz capsule from the International Space Station failed this morning, leaving two Russian and one American astronauts stuck there for another day.

Nvidia GPUs track solar changes

Lockheed Martin (LM) astrophysicists are using Nvidia-powered GPUs to help track ongoing changes in the Sun.

Martian moon Phobos created by huge blast

Mars' largest moon, Phobos, may have been blasted off into space by some catastrophe on the planet's surface, say two different scientific studies.

Northern lights to be streamed nightly online

Most of us never get a chance to see the northern lights for real, as they only tend to be visible in the far north - but now there's an alternative.

Discovery prepares for last spaceflight

Space shuttle Discovery is now at the launch pad in preparation for its final flight.

Solar sails could power future planetary missions

'Data clippers' powered by solar sails could be exploring the outer planets within twenty years, shipping vast quantities of scientific data back to Earth.

New moon map sheds light on Earth's early history

The moon was blitzed by two different sets of asteroids or comets in its youth, according to new results from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft.

Habitable exoplanet could be identified next year

The odds are that a habitable exoplanet will be found by the middle of next year if the rate of discovery continues at its current pace, two scientists say.

Boeing wants you to vacation in space

Forget about traveling to another country for vacation! Boeing and Space Adventures have a much more interesting destination in mind for you: the International Space Station (ISS) in low Earth orbit (LEO).

Cannibal star discovered

An astronomer says he's caught a star in the act of chewing up a companion and spitting out a second generation of exoplanets.

Water 'abundant' in Mars' recent past

There's been liquid water on the Martian surface throughout the planet's history, measurements by NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suggest.

Team finds new class of black hole

Astronomers believe they've found a new type of black hole, following observations of the most extreme ultra-luminous X-ray source yet discovered.    

Duck, everybody: two asteroids to zip close by Earth today

Later today, two asteroids will swing so close to the Earth that they pass between us and the orbit of the moon.

1976 Martian samples found to contain organics

Martian soil may contain carbon-based organic molecules, the building blocks of life.

Probe to plunge into sun's atmosphere

In a project reminiscent of Prometheus' theft of fire from the gods, NASA's planning to dive into the sun and capture some of its atmosphere.

New system predicts solar storms - but ESA says satellites are safe

Researchers have developed a new method of predicting solar storms that they say could help to avoid power and communications blackouts.

NASA rocket undergoes successful test

NASA has successfully completed a two-minute, full-scale test of its DM-2 rocket motor - despite not knowing for sure whether it will ever actually be going anywhere.

$2bn space experiment seeks out 'anti-universe'

What's being described as one of the most complex space scientific instruments ever built is on its way to the International Space Station to seek out the 'dark universe'.

Kepler spots planets transiting their star

NASA's Kepler telescope has for the first time observed a planetary system with two planets passing in front of their star.

ESO discovers most similar planetary system to our own

Astronomers have discovered a planetary system containing at least five and possibly seven planets, orbiting the Sun-like star HD 10180.  It makes the system the most similar to our own yet discovered.