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.

Astronomer expects alien encounters “within twenty years”

Are we alone in the universe? Russian scientists don’t think so.

Asteroid set for near-miss today

A house-sized asteroid is set to miss Earth by a whisker later today, passing just 7,600 miles above the surface.

Moon tape recovered after forty years

Sure, it’s easy to misplace your stapler, but what about a tiny piece of transparent tape covered in moon dust brought back with the Apollo 11 astronauts!?

Sun and planets built of different materials

Our sun and its inner planets may not have formed from the same materials, as previously thought, samples returned by NASA’s Genesis mission indicate.

Liquid oceans on Enceladus imply it could sustain life

The Cassini spacecraft's found the strongest evidence yet that Saturn's moon Enceladus is concealing a large, underground saltwater ocean - raising hopes for the possibility of life on similar moons.

Massive cosmic car crash revealed

Astronomers are studying what they decribe as one of the most complex and dramatic collisions between galaxy clusters ever seen, and which has taken 350 million years to play out.

Space freighter plunges into southern Pacific

Europe's unmanned ATV 2 space freighter Johannes Kepler burned up on reentry early this morning as planned, after undocking from the International Space Station yesterday.

Cassini images throw light on Saturnian moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has made its second-closest visit to Saturn's icy moon Helene, snapping details of its Saturn-facing side.

Comet is 'hyperactive' say astronomers

Comet Hartley 2 is an excitable little chap - in a class of its own, say astronomers.

Strange gamma ray flash caused by black hole eating star

A mysterious gamma ray flash observed by the Swift satellite in late March was probably caused by a star being swallowed by a massive black hole, astronomers have concluded.