Biggest cloud of water in universe discovered

Astronomers have found an enormous cloud of water - containing 140 trillion times as much as is found on Earth - floating around a distant quasar.

Exoplanet aurorae 'a thousand times' brighter than ours

Aurorae on many planets could make our own Northern and Southern lights look like a flickering candle, new research has shown.

The end of an era as last shuttle lands

The last ever space shuttle flight ended safely early this morning, bringing to an end a thirty-year career that included the delivery of the Hubble Space Telescope and the building of the International Space Station.

Fourth moon discovered around Pluto

Quite by accident, astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a fourth moon orbiting the (dwarf) planet Pluto.

Russia launches 'biggest-ever' space telescope

The Russian RadioAstron space telescope - effectively, the biggest ever - has been successfully launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan.

NASA evaluates Atlas V rocket for human spaceflight

As the last Shuttle astronauts return to Earth, NASA is starting to put in place its plans for commercially-operated replacements. It's signed a deal with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to evaluate its Atlas 5 rocket for use in human missions.

Heat from Earth's formation still being pumped out

Around half the 44 trillion watts of heat that flows from the interior of the Earth is the remaining heat from the planet's creation.

Dawn spacecraft to reach giant asteroid today

Today, after a four-year journey, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will go into orbit around the asteroid Vesta, where it will stay and make observations for a year.

Space toilet backs up on the ISS

Well, I suppose it could be worse. Yes, the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) could be running from Aliens and Predators, or trying to shut down an insane (Windows?) computer intent on killing every astronaut.

Congress demands answers from NASA

NASA is feeling the pressure as Congress demands a finalized design for a heavy-lift rocket that will be used to launch future manned space missions.

First anniversary of Neptune's discovery

It's exactly one year since Neptune was discovered - one Neptunian year, or 165 of our own rather shorter ones.

NASA launches robotic gas station

Watch out gas station attendants, NASA is now experimenting with a Robotic Refueling Mission experiment that will provide refueling and minor repairs to spacecraft already in orbit.

China want to explore the Moon, Venus and Mars

In light of last week's final NASA space shuttle launch, Beijing is stepping up to the plate with aspirations of exploring the Moon, Venus and Mars.

Swatch from Apollo 11 flag fails to sell

Some scraps and trimmings from the flag planted on the moon by Neil Armstrong in 1969 failed to sell at auction over the weekend, despite having been described as the 'ultimate' piece of space memorabilia.

Atlantis achieves orbit on final mission

John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, once famously declared that "no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in this race for space."

Hubble successor could be for the chop

The House Appropriations Committee has proposed scrapping the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble and the flagship project of US astronomy.

Cassini monitors biggest-ever Saturn storm

NASA scientists have captured both the sight and sounds of a storm on Saturn that covers eight times the surface area of Earth.

Hydrogen peroxide found in interstellar space

Hydrogen peroxide has been found for the first time in space, and astronomers are excited - not because it indicates that aliens are bottle blondes, but because it gives clues to how water may be formed.

'Dirty hack' brings Cluster mission project back to life

ESA has recovered a crucial science package on its Cluster mission, using a series of commands invented for the occasion.

Atlantis launch cleared as ISS has close shave

NASA's given the green light to the July 8 launch of its last-ever shuttle mission.