China prepares for first space docking

China's successfully launched its Shenzhou 8 unmanned spacecraft, which is now on its way to the Tiangong-1 experimental module.

Lutetia asteroid is failed planet

New observations of the Lutetia asteroid have revealed that it's a planet that never properly formed.

Successful Russian launch eases space station fears

Russia's Progress cargo ship lifted off successfully for the International Space Station yesterday, the first flight to do so since a similar unmanned freighter crashed in August.

Planets smashed to smithereens near supermassive black holes

The fat, doughnut-shaped clouds of dust that surround about half of supermassive black holes could be the remnants of planets and asteroids that have smashed into each other at incredible speeds.

Stars create complex organic molecules

Complex organic molecules like those on which life is based exist throughout the universe and can be made naturally by stars, European Space Agency data has revealed.

China's Shenzhou 8 to dock with Tiangong 1 module



China is slated to launch an unmanned spacecraft in November that will dock with the orbiting Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace) experimental module.

NASA solves ancient supernova mystery


NASA telescopes have helped solved an ancient mystery that began nearly 2,000 years ago when Chinese astronomers witnessed what turned out to be an exploding star in the sky.

European satellite launch heralds more accurate GPS

The European Space Agency has launched the first two Galileo satellites which will give Europe its own satellite navigation system for the first time.

Rosat satellite crashes in Southeast Asia

German satellite Rosat crashed to Earth Saturday evening, with no reports as yet of any wreckage hitting land.

DARPA wants to recycle dead satellites

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has kicked off an initiative to harvest and re-use valuable components from dead satellites in geosynchronous orbit (GEO).



Planet-forming disk could create thousands of oceans

Astronomers have discovered an embryonic solar system surrounded by a cloud of water vapor that could eventually form comets and deliver oceans to dry worlds.

Russia wants to colonize the moon

The moon may be a harsh mistress, but Russian scientists say they want to establish a colony below the lunar surface.

Model shows effects of giant meteorite strike

Ever wondered exactly what would happen if a massive meteorite hit the Earth? Princeton University scientists can show you.

Star's spiral arms point to possible planets

Astronomers have for the first time spotted a disk of gas and dust around a sun-like star that shows spiral-arm-like structures.

Comet storm rages in Eta Corvi

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected evidence of icy bodies raining down in an alien solar system. 



Very Large Array wants your help with a new name

Well, it never really was the most imaginative name - the Very Large Array. And, now, after a major upgrade, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory is asking for help coming up with a better one.

SpaceShipTwo to host NASA research missions

NASA has hired Virgin Galactic to fly up to three charter flights on its flagship SpaceShipTwo.

Dwarf planet Eris may be smaller than Pluto

Eris - the dwarf planet that led to Pluto's demotion from planetary status - appears actually to be smaller than Pluto after all.

NASA’s Hubble telescope maps dark matter

NASA scientists are using data collected by the Hubble Space Telescope to map the distribution of dark matter in 25 massive clusters of galaxies.



Another satellite set to crash back to Earth

Well, you may have been lucky last time, but there's another satellite heading back to Earth, and this time it's much more likely that it'll land on your head.