Fears rise over lost Martian probe

Russian scientists still can't contact the lost Martian probe Phobos-Grunt, state media are reporting - and there's a danger it could fall to Earth with a massively toxic explosion.

'Pristine' gas from early universe discovered

Astronomers have discovered two clouds of gas that are still in the same state as they were just minutes after the Big Bang.

NASA's Hubble observes "tiny" galaxies bursting with stars


NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has identified 18 "tiny" galaxies which existed 9 billion years ago and are brimming with star birth.

Mysterious magnetic moon rocks explained

Scientists believe they finally have an explanation for why magnetized rocks are found on the moon, even though it now has no magnetic field.

NASA animates Orion test flight

NASA has released an animated clip depicting the proposed 2014 test flight of its Orion spacecraft.

Russian Mars probe veers off course after launch

A Russian Mars probe, its first interplanetary mission in 15 years, failed to take the correct course after launch, the Russian space agency has reported.

NASA eyes 2014 for Orion test flight

NASA is planning to conduct an unmanned flight test of its Orion spacecraft in early 2014.



Alien probes could be within solar system, say researchers

The Fermi paradox asks why, if intelligent life is common, no technological civilizations have ever been observed.

NASA snaps asteroid as it approaches Earth

NASA's Deep Space Network antenna has captured new radar images of Asteroid 2005 YU55 as it approaches Earth in what's set to be the closest approach of a big asteroid ever recorded.

White House says there is no sign of alien life

The Obama administration has responded to a petition asking the White House to acknowledge the existence of an extraterrestrial presence on Earth.

Hubble directly observes a black hole accretion disk

A new technique to study the bright disc of matter surrounding a distant black hole is as precise as spotting individual grains of sand on the surface of the moon.

NASA’s Cassini approaches Enceladus

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on track to acquire the first detailed radar images of Saturn's moon Enceladus during a flyby on Sunday, November 6.


'Martian astronauts' return from simulated mission

After a year and a half locked up in a box, six 'astronauts' have finally finished their simulated trip to Mars.

Spaceflight can damage vision permanently, says NASA

If astronauts make it to Mars, they may not be able to see it very well, a NASA study has shown.

'Sweet spots' for life identified - and our solar system isn't one

Astrobiologists say they've discovered where in outer space complex organic molecules - the building blocks of life - are most likely to form.

If there was life on Mars, it was probably underground

Liquid water on the Martian surface was probably never around for very long, meaning life would have struggled to gain a foothold there.

Chinese spacecraft dock 211 miles above Earth

Two unmanned Chinese spacecraft have successfully docked 211 miles above Earth.



Russian freighter resupplies International Space Station

Russian space freighter ISS Progress 45 (45P) has arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) where it remains docked with the Pirs compartment.

NASA evaluates tractor beams for sample collection

A team of NASA scientists is looking at ways of using Star Trek-style tractor beams to reel in scientific samples in space.

Big asteroid set for near-miss this week

A 1,300-foot asteroid is set to zip between us and the moon's orbit this week, in the most significant near-miss scientists have ever known about in advance.