Ice explorer satellite launches today

ESA's Cryosat-2 ice mission is set for launch today, aiming to give scientists some hard evidence on the state of the world's ice caps.

Teams compete in NASA moonbuggy race

More than 100 student teams from around the globe will this weekend take part in NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race.

Our universe may be inside a black hole, says physicist

Our entire universe may be located inside a wormhole, part of a black hole that lies within a much larger universe.

Hubble discovers mystery object orbiting brown dwarf

Astronomers have discovered a planet-like object circling a brown dwarf that appears to have formed much more quickly than was previously thought possible.

NASA releases people's pick of Mars photos

NASA has released the first Mars pictures commissioned by the public - and there's not a thumbprint or double exposure among them.

Cassini reveals cosmic Pac-Man

In an example of life imitating art - if art's the right word - NASA has released images of Saturn's icy moon Mimas looking for all the world like Pac-Man eating a dot.

CubeSail clears junk from space

UK researchers have developed a device to clear dangerous space garbage from lower earth orbit.

NASA upgrades Mars Rover with advanced autonomous capabilities

NASA has upgraded its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity with advanced autonomous capabilities.

Britain gets its own space agency at last

The UK is to get its own space agency, consolidating a mess of different departments and budgets into a single authority.

Helium falls like rain on Jupiter

New research suggests that it's raining helium in the interior of Jupiter. UC Berkeley scientists reckon this is the best way to explain why there's so much less neon in the outer layers of the planet than predicted.

Virgin Galactic takes flight

"Now boarding Virgin Galactic flight 1 with nonstop service to outer space"

Early galaxy had 'teenage growth spurt'

A massive galaxy in the early universe created stars up to 100 times faster than the modern-day Milky Way, say astronomers.

Saturn's rings aren't as peaceful as they look

Saturn's rings aren't as neat and tidy as they appear, new observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show.

Astronomers discover gas-giant exoplanet

Astronomers have discovered a gas-giant exoplanet locked into a circular orbit around its parent star.

Astronomers get a closer look at Jupiter's Great Red Spot

New thermal images from ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) are allowing astronomers to take a detailed look at the solar system's largest storm.

Team warns of potential catastrophe from meteorite strike

The Secure World Foundation (SWF) has warned the UN that it may be too disorganised to avoid disaster in the event of a major meteorite strike.

Space station could operate until 2028

The International Space Station could remain in use until 2028, officials have said.

Chinese moms picked for space mission

China has opted for married mothers over single women in its selection of its first female astronauts.

Binary star has a five-minute orbit

An international team of astronomers has discovered a weird pair of stars which orbit around each other in just five and a half minutes.

Organic molecules discovered in Orion Nebula

ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory has discovered organic molecules in the Orion Nebula - potential signs of life.