Europe's Vega rocket lifts off for first flight

Europe's new Vega rocket has successfully lifted off from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana, taking nine satellites into orbit.

Milky Way's black hole seen vaporizing asteroids

The supermassive black hole known as Sagittarius A has been observed emitting X-ray flares, lasting a few hours, about once a day.

Carina Nebula gets snapped

Deep in the heart of the southern Milky Way lies a stellar nursery known as the Carina Nebula - located 7500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Carina (The Keel).



More evidence found for ancient Martian ocean

ESA says its Mars Express probe has returned some of the strongest evidence yet that an ocean once covered part of Mars.

Thousands apply for astronaut program

NASA's received over 6,300 applications to join its astronaut corps - twice as many as usual.

Life on Mars? Not on the surface

Mars may have been an arid planet for over 600 million years, making it too hostile for any life to survive on the planet's surface.

Iran launches third satellite

Iran says it's launched an observation satellite, claiming it will be used to collect weather data.

Habitable planet has three suns

Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable planet right on our doorstep - just 22 light years away.

NASA takes us to the far side of the moon

A camera aboard one of NASA's twin Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) lunar spacecraft has sent back footage of the far side of the moon.

New SpaceX rocket engine fired up

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired its new engine, SuperDraco.

Cosmic rays blamed for spaceship crash

After initial suggestions that death-ray-wielding Americans were to blame, Russian space agency Roscosmos has concluded that its lost Martian probe, Phobos-Grunt, was cripped by space radiation.

NASA identifies interstellar matter entering solar system

NASA has for the first time analyzed the 'alien matter' in the interstellar wind.

THEMIS satellite tracks mass electron escape

When scientists discovered two great swaths of radiation encircling Earth in the 1950s, it spawned exaggerated fears about "killer electrons" and space radiation effects.

And today's space weather forecast is... more accurate

Space weather forecasts are about to get more accurate - just in time for a period of increased solar activity.

NASA discovers 26 new exoplanets

NASA's nearly doubled the number of known exoplanets in one fell swoop, with the announcement of 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 planets.

NASA’s J-2X deep space engine gets tested


NASA is poised to kick off a new series of tests on the J-2X - the engine that will help carry humans to deep space. 


Vesta asteroid may have ice

Though typically believed to be quite dry, roughly half of the giant asteroid Vesta could be so cold that water ice may have survived there for billions of years.

Huge solar eruption to reach Earth today

The strongest solar radiation storm to hit the Earth since 2005 is set to peak this morning.

NASA rethinks Apogee of Fear



NASA has reversed an earlier decision to block the release of the first science fiction movie filmed in space.

Russia wants to build Moonbase Alpha

The Russian Space Agency (Roscosmos) has suffered a string of embarrassing space-related debacles over the past few months.