These space portals are hidden in Earth's magnetic field

Space portals allowing travelers to navigate vast distances between the stars have long been a theme in popular science fictions stories such as Stargate.

Video: NASA showcases Orion space capsule

NASA showcased its space-bound Orion capsule during a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center in Florida earlier this morning.

Hubble snaps a vapor of stars

Relatively few galaxies are endowed with the sweeping, luminous spiral arms or brightly glowing center of our own Milky Way galaxy. 

NASA's Hubble detects an "evaporating" exoplanet

An international team of astronomers have positively identified significant changes in the atmosphere of a planet located beyond our solar system. 

Milky Way still rings like a bell after cosmic crash

Our galaxy is still reverberating from a strike by a small galaxy or massive dark matter structure.

First private deep space mission will hunt killer asteroids

A group of ex-NASA astronauts and scientists is aiming to keep the world safe by launching the first privately-funded deep space mission and scanning the solar system for dangerous asteroids.

Cassini finds underground ocean on Saturn's moon Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has come up with strng evidence that Saturn's moon Titan is hiding a layer of liquid water under its ice shell.

A new way to learn about exoplanets

Astronomers have used a new technique to study the atmosphere of a 'hot Jupiter' exoplanet.

Here's your chance to talk to aliens

As every UFO fanatic knows, the Earth received a short message from outer space back in 1977 - and now you've got a chance to reply.

Astronomers discover 'near-impossible' galaxy cluster

Scientists have spotted a glowing arc in space, signposting a massive cluster of galaxies that they were surprised to discover exists.

Studying Earth’s anatomy from space

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut André Kuipers is running experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) to help scientists improve their understanding of conditions deep inside the Earth.

Saturn's jet streams explained

Scientists believe they've discovered the origins of Saturn's turbulent jet streams, which whip across the planet east and west.

Recent surface water detected on Mars

Parts of Mars appear to have been modified by liquid water comparatively recently, indicating that there may have been favorable conditions for life.

Lichen shown to survive in outer space

An experiment carried out on the Internatonal Space Station has shown that lichen can survive in outer space - lending support to the 'panspermia' theory that life arrived here from elsewhere.

Hubble snaps a globular cluster

Charles Messier, the famous 18th century French astronomer, may have cataloged over 100 galaxies and clusters, even though he was primarily interested in comets.

Voyager to leave solar system on interstellar journey

Launched by NASA in 1977, the Voyager 1 spacecraft has been operating for 34 years, 9 months and 17 days.

Asteroid 2012 LZ1 won't hit Earth for 750 years

Asteroid 2012 LZ1 - discovered on June 12 - was recently classified as potentially hazardous by the Minor Planet Center because its preliminary orbit brings it close to Earth (within 20 lunar distances).

'Extensive' water found in Mars' interior

There's vastly more water in Mars's mantle than previously thought - as much as on Earth, in fact - dramatically raising the chances that the planet might once have sustained life.

Twin planets orbit distant star together

Astronomers have discovered two neighboring planets - one a bigger version of Earth - orbiting closer to each other than any planets discovered before.

Extensive water ice found in lunar crater

Almost a quarter of a crater near the moon's south pole is covered with ice, scientists using NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft have found.