Dawn probe sends back images of asteroid

NASA's Dawn probe is beginning the first of four science orbits, and has sent back its first close-up images.

First oxygen molecules found in space

Oxygen molecules have been detected for the first ever time in space, helping explain where some of the universe's missing oxygen may be hiding.

SpaceX preps for space station cargo run


NASA may have retired its shuttles, but SpaceX has confirmed plans to launch a second test capsule to the International Space Station (ISS) on November 30th.

International Space Station gets a reprieve

So let me understand this. First, we spend billions of dollars building the International Space Station (ISS). Then Moscow decides it will unceremoniously fly the ISS into the Pacific Ocean.

Trojan asteroid shares Earth's orbit

It's two and a half thousand years since the Greek philosopher Philolaus suggested the existence of a 'counter-Earth' - another planet sharing Earth's orbit.

Russia says it will sink the International Space Station

First NASA launched its final shuttle mission earlier this month, and now Russia is debating how to do away with the International Space Station (ISS) as it nears the end of its life cycle.

New calculation of the size of the universe

An Australian PhD student  has produced one of the most accurate measurements ever made of how fast the universe is expanding and thus how big it is. 

Icy moon rains water onto Saturn

ESA’s Herschel space observatory has solved the 14-year mystery of where the water in Saturn's upper atmosphere comes from - it's being expelled from the planet's moon Enceladus.

Volcano found on far side of the moon

Scientists have found a volcanic 'hot spot' on the far side of the moon, indicating that the moon's been more geologically active, more recently, than previously believed.

Next Mars rover to search for organics at Gale Crater

NASA's picked the site for the next Mars rover landing - a spot  inside the planet's Gale crater that the scientists say just might reveal whether the planet could have supported life.

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.