Falcon 9 launch sparks UFO sightings

A flood of UFO sightings over Australia was probably prompted by the launch of the Falcon 9 private spaceship.

NASA wants to send your ugly mug into space

With only two more shuttle missions set to fly, your chances of getting to the International Space Station (ISS) are slim. But as a consolation prize, NASA is promising to send your photo instead.

Astronomers solve poetic mystery

Astronomers believe they have solved the mystery of what inspired Walt Whitman to write about a 'strange huge meteor-procession' in his poem Year of Meteors.

Falcon 9 commercial spaceship set to blast off today

A spaceship set to be used as a taxi service for NASA is due to lift off today.

Mars may have been more suitable for life than thought

Scientists have discovered evidence sitting right under their noses that indicates there may have been more water on Mars than previously thought.

See you next year: 'mission to Mars' simulation begins

Well, they're off: six trained astronauts on a 520 day mission to... Moscow.

ESA releases time-lapse video from orbiting Mars Express

Mission controllers for the Mars Express have created a video showing the view as the spaceship orbits Mars.

Orbiter solves Martian mysteries

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has helped solve two forty-year-old mysteries and delivered new information about climate change on Mars.

NASA develops improved search and rescue system

NASA is working on new satellite-aided search and rescue technology that will make it quicker to find people in distress.

Ice damage finally kills off Phoenix Mars Lander

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander - which landed two years ago today - will not be rising from the ashes.

Earth may be approaching super-hot gas cloud

The Earth may be about to move into a million-degree cloud of interstellar gas, according to Polish and US scientists.

To X-37B Or Not To X-37B? That Is The Question.

Changes are coming rapidly to NASA, and the future of the United States' dedication and capability to mount manned space missions are increasingly in question.

Boeing preps next-gen GPS for launch


Boeing has completed prelaunch testing for the first of 12 next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF navigation spacecraft.

Japanese probe sets sail to Venus

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is poised to launch a probe on a two-year mission to study the weather and explore the enigmatic surface of cloud-shrouded Venus.

One of Jupiter's belts disappears

It seems to be a day for carelessness. First Apple loses another iPhone prototype, and now Jupiter's lost a belt.

Astronomers track down universe's 'missing matter'

It's so, so annoying when stuff gets mislaid, so it must be a great relief to astronomers to be able to say they've probably found the nearby universe's missing matter.

Scientists see black hole being flung out of its galaxy

Dutch astronomers believe they have found a super-massive black hole that's recoiling out of its galaxy at high speed.

Herschel captures the birth of a giant star

ESA's Herschel telescope has snapped an embryonic star likely to turn into one of the biggest and brightest in our galaxy within the next few hundred thousand years.

Space project could revolutionize disaster management

A new space technology project will deliver near-real-time video, sensors and assessment results worldwide in the wake of natural disasters.

Astronomers glimpse birth of mega-stars

Using a CSIRO radio telescope, astronomers have caught an enormous cloud of cosmic gas and dust in the process of collapsing in on itself. They hope the discovery could help establish how massive stars form.