Comets created Earth's oceans

Earth's oceans could once have been giant icebergs floating through space, an ESA team has concluded, after examining the isotopic composition of a comet.

Close-up mission to sun gets green light

The European Space Agency (ESA) has approved a mission to get nearer to the sun than ever before.

Brush up that resume: NASA's recruiting astronauts

NASA's announced that, in early November, it will start looking for  its next class of astronaut candidates.

First images released from ALMA radio telescope

More than sixteen thousand feet up in Chile, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), is officially open and has released its first images.

Universe simulation is most accurate ever

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz have used a NASA supercomputer to create what they say is the most accurate and detailed simulation of the universe ever.

Unprecedented ozone hole opens over Arctic

Last year saw a significant hole open up for the first time in the ozone layer over the Arctic.

Can reusable rockets help us get to Mars?

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has kicked off an initiative to build the world’s first completely reusable rocket and spaceship.

Messenger probe reveals Mercury surprises

Mercury's a bit weird, say NASA scientists, with a different surface composition and magnetic field to other planets.

Asteroids less threat to Earth than thought

Good news: we're not likely to get wiped out in the same way as the dinosaurs, at least not any time soon.

China launches Tiangong-1 into orbit

China's Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace) module was successfully lofted into orbit by a Long March-2FT1 rocket Thursday evening.

Cosmic 'umbilical cord' discovered

Australian astronomers say they've found proof of a vast filament of material that connects our Milky Way galaxy to nearby clusters of galaxies and on to the rest of the universe.

China preps Tiangong-1 for launch

China is ready to launch its Tiangong-1 (Heavenly Palace) unmanned space module on Thursday evening after injecting fuel into the Long March-2FT1 carrier rocket.

UARS satellite fell in south Pacific, says NASA

NASA’s given its final verdict on the last resting place of the UARS satellite, which fell back to Earth last Friday.

And the weather on Venus...

While Venus's weather at ground level is pretty boring - a steady 800 degrees Farenheit and heavy sulfuric acid clouds - it all gets a bit more interesting further up, say NASA scientists.

More activity likely as solar storm continues

The Earth is enveloped in a strong-to-severe magnetic storm, following a large solar eruption yesterday morning.

Team images electrical circuit linking Saturn and Enceladus

NASA scientists have revealed the 'footprint' of an electrical circuit linking Saturn and its moon Enceladus.

Did solar system once have fifth giant?

The solar system could once have had a fifth giant planet, which got hurled out into space billions of years ago.

NASA to test laser communications system

NASA is working on a new communications system that could dramatically cut the time needed to transmit high-resolution images from Mars.

Neil Armstrong wants NASA back in space



Neil Armstrong - the first person to walk on the moon - recently told Congress that America simply cannot maintain a realistic leadership position without human access to space.  



Proton-M launch gives Russian space program a boost

Russia has returned its Proton-M rocket to service after a malfunction in the booster stage sent a $265 million communications satellite into the wrong orbit on August 18.