Automated spacecraft resupplies International Space Station

The European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3) recently docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on a critical resupply mission.  



This spiral galaxy is in the Hydra Constellation



NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured an image of NGC 4980, a spiral galaxy in the southern constellation of Hydra.

Video: NASA spots a Martian dust devil

A Martian dust devil approximately 12 miles high (20 kilometers) was spotted whirling its way along the Amazonis Planitia region of Northern Mars just a few weeks ago.

Martian pits could provide haven for life

ESA’s Mars Express has discovered a series of 'pit-chains' in the Tharsis region of Mars that could, says ESA, be tempting targets in the search for microbial life.

Inside the dark heart of a cosmic collision

Astronomers have combined infrared and X-ray observations from two space telescopes - Herschel and XMM Newton - to create a unique look at violent events within the giant galaxy Centaurus A.

Astronomers reassess history of early solar system

Scientists at the Argonne National Laboratory now believe the early days of our solar system might look quite different than previously thought.

Black holes expand by eating stars

Most galaxies, including our own Milky Way, feature a supermassive black hole at their center weighing millions to billions of suns. 

But how do those black holes grow so hefty?

Dwarf galaxies reveal new insights on dark matter

Scientists have narrowed down the range in which dark matter could exist, thanks to a new analysis technique.

Hubble spots a spiral galaxy edge-on

The NASA Hubble Space Telescope recently observed a galaxy known as NGC 2683, which astronomers jokingly refer to as the "UFO Galaxy."

Survey reveals how dark energy shaped universe

After two years' work, the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) has  measureed the precise distances of over a quarter of a million galaxies.

Organics appeared naturally as solar system formed

Complex organic compounds probably formed easily in the early solar system, say scientists at the University of Chicago and NASA Ames Research Center.

Moon 'wasn't created by giant collision'

A new chemical analysis of lunar material collected by Apollo astronauts in the 1970s appears to disprove theories that the moon was created through a massive collision between Earth and a Mars-sized object 4.5 billion years ago.

Flying to the moon on drops of fuel



European scientists at EPFL labs have designed an ultra-compact motor - dubbed MicroThrust - that will allow small satellites to journey beyond Earth's orbit using just a tenth of a liter of fuel.

Amazon founder locates lost moon mission engines

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says he's found the five engines from the Apollo 11 spacecraft, deep beneath the Atlantic, and plans to bring at least one to the surface.

These rocky Milky Way planets are in habitable zones



Astronomers have long searched for habitable exoplanets orbiting red dwarf stars (M dwarfs), which are considered the most common type of star in the Milky Way galaxy.



Life's building blocks could have survived cometary impact

US scientists have come up with new evidence that the key ingredients for life were brought to our planet by comets, billions of years ago.

Satellite swarm could blast away asteroids

Scottish engineers have come up with a new way of dealing with asteroids that threaten the Earth - firing lasers at them from a swarm of small satellites flying in formation.

Jupiter boosts drama of Earth's meteor displays

We've got Jupiter to thank for the spectacular meteor showers associated with Halley's comet, says an Armagh Observatory astronomer.

Runaway planets hurtling through universe

Runaway planets could be hurtling through space at up to 30 million miles an hour, torn from their suns by a black hole.

European space freighter launched successfully

Europe's launched its heaviest-ever cargo to the International Space Station, carrying food, water, air and fuel, as well as experiments and spares.