China to start space station construction next year

China plans to launch the first module of its planned space station next year.

Lockheed Martin designs world's largest heat shield

Engineers at Lockheed Martin have successfully completed fabrication of the world's largest heat shield.

Astronomers use galaxies as lenses

Peering through entire galaxies as their lenses, a team of researchers has found a new way to establish the size and age of the universe.

Aftershock: Chilean quake shortened Earth days

A JPL research scientist has hypothesized that the recent magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile shortened the length of each Earth day by approximately 1.26 microseconds, or one millionth of a second.

NASA radar finds ice at moon's north pole

Instruments aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft have detected millions of tons of water ice near the moon's north pole.

Raytheon designs advanced GPS controls

The US Air Force has selected Raytheon to design an advanced control segment that is expected to significantly improve the accuracy of information originating from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites.

Planet torn apart by its own tides

Astrophysicists have for the first time got the opportunity to watch a planet being distorted and destroyed by its host star.

Cassini flyby reveals multiple ice geysers on Saturn moon

NASA has released a series of images that reveal a "forest" of geysers spraying ice from prominent fissures along the south polar region of Enceladus.

No gaming or iPods allowed in space

In space, no one can hear you scream or listen to your iPod.

Milky Way is full of alien invaders

Around a quarter of the star clusters in our galaxy sneaked their way in from other galaxies, according to scientists from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.

ESA mulls three future missions

The European Space Agency (ESA) has picked out dark energy, habitable planets and a detailed solar survey as candidates for two missions to be launched sometime after 2017.

Hubble reveals creation of massive galaxy

There's slow developers everywhere, and the Hubble space telescope has discovered the astronomical equivalent: a group of small, ancient galaxies that have waited 10 billion years to get round to building a large elliptical galaxy.

WISE telescope offers up 'candy store' of images

NASA has released the first pictures from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, WISE.

Ancient meteorite packed with organic compounds

A new analysis of a meteorite that fell to Earth more than 40 years ago has revealed the presence of millions of organic compounds.

The Oceans of Enceladus, and Some Musings on ET Life

Business is humming if you’re in the business of extra-solar planets, exobiology or exoenvironmental studies.

US military downs missile with high-energy airborne laser

The US military has successfully downed a test missile with an airborne high-energy laser.


Hubble captures Saturn's northern and southern lights

The Hubble space telescope has for the first time snapped the flickering aurorae that light up both of Saturn's poles.

Milky Way mapping project hits one teraflop of power

The Milky Way@Home project - which ropes in home computer users to help map the galaxy - says its combined computing power has now overtaken the second-most-powerful supercomputer in the world.

Ingredients for life present on Saturn's moon

It's looking more and more likely that Saturn's moon Enceladus has a large body of sub-surface water, increasing hopes that it may harbour life.

Extension planned for ISS

It's nearly spring, the traditional time for DIY, and the thoughts of many are turning to a nice little extension.