NASA comet images show man-made crater

The Stardust spacecraft's Valentine's Day flyby of the Tempel 1 comet has delivered pictures of the comet that clearly show the effects of its last encounter with a spacecraft in 2005.

'Tough' NASA budget provides for third shuttle flight

NASA's much-desired third and final Shuttle flight this year looks likely to go ahead, following the release of its 2012 budget request.

Control system lets spacecraft think for themselves

Manfully resisting the temptation to call it HAL, a team at the University of Southampton has developed the world's first control system to allow satellites and spacecraft to think for themselves.

Spinning black holes could be visible from Earth

It should be possible to spot spinning black holes using ground-based telescopes, says a team of astronomers and physicists, because of their twisting effect on spacetime.

Spitzer reveals thousands of new stars

The number of known young stars in the North American Nebula has taken a dramatic jump, with more than 2,000 more having been identified.

Probe on course for cometary rendevous

The Stardust NExT probe is preparing for an encounter on St Valentine's Day with comet Tempel 1.

Firms pitch new rocket to NASA for manned flights

Two major rocket companies - ATK and Astrium - are in talks with NASA about a new vehicle which would carry out manned flights to the International Space Station (ISS).

Private firm could put a robot on the moon next year

Private space company Astrobotic Technology says it's signed a contract with SpaceX to launch a robotic payload to the moon as soon as December next year.

NASA gets first 360-degree images of the sun

NASA has released the first ever 360-degree view of the sun, taken by two probes on opposite sides.

Martian sand dunes on the move

Scientists have been surprised to discover that Martian sand dunes long thought to be static are in fact changing quite fast.

NASA discovers first exoplanets that could support life

NASA believes it's discovered its first Earth-sized exoplanets - and five of them are in the 'Goldilocks zone' where conditions are considered favorable for life.

Japan goes fishing for space junk

Japan's space agency, JAXA, is reportedly working on a device to catch space junk - in collaboration with a fishing net company.

How to talk to ET: new protocol proposed

It's something the etiquette books don't tell you, and Google Translate's not much better either: how do you talk to aliens?

Physicist plans asteroid deflection system

Lasers could be used to deflect asteroids on potential collision courses with Earth, according to a new study.

Asteroid impact caused huge scar on Jupiter

A massive scar that appeared in Jupiter's atmosphere last summer was caused by an asteroid 'the size of the Titanic', says NASA.

And today's space weather forecast is...

The world's first space weather forecasting system is about to go into operation.

A month late, solar sail unfurls

To the delight of NASA engineers, the NanoSail-D nanosatellite has unfurled its 100-square-foot polymer sail in low-Earth orbit and is operating as planned after a month of inactivity.

International UFO convention tries to be serious

The words "UFO convention" may conjure up images of aliens, Area 51, and fringe vests, but what about business professionals and politicians?

Mars500 crew ready to land

After 230 days in isolation, an international team is about to 'land' on Mars.

Spy satellite launch is West Coast's biggest ever

The second of two massive spy satellite launches took place yesterday from the Vandenburg Air Force Base in California, carrying a classified satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).