NASA to conduct first full-scale Ares engine test

NASA and Alliant Techsystems plan to conduct the first full-scale, full-duration test of the new first-stage solid rocket motor for the Ares I rocket later this month.

NASA convinced it can find Earth-like planets

The Kepler Space Telescope has shown itself capable of finding Earth-like planets - if they exist - by detecting the atmosphere of a known gas giant.

Methane results mean life on Mars unlikely

The presence of methane on Mars - once hailed as a possible sign of life - in fact provides evidence that life may be unsustainable on the planet, according to University of Paris researchers.

Endeavour touches down after 16 days in orbit

The space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven astronauts touched down at 10:48 a.m. EDT at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  

Life may have developed in cometary oceans

Comets contained vast oceans of liquid water, supporting the theory that they may have harboured life, a  study claims.

Shuttle set for Friday landing

NASA says the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour have completed checks on the orbiter and so far found no damage to its ceramic tiles, making a landing tomorrow (Friday) look likely.

British space mission takes the biscuit

British cheesemakers are at this moment on a dash across southern England to discover whether they have successfully put a chunk of Cheddar where no cheese has gone before.

Break out the bubbly - it's a new nebula

Kitt Peak, Arizona - It looks for all the world like a giant soap bubble, but it's actually a newly-photographed planetary nebula. Unusually, the Soap Bubble Nebula - officially known as PN G75.5+1.7 - is spherical rather than cigar-shaped, double-lobed or elliptical. It lies in the constellation of Cygnus.

Virgin Galactic showcases WhiteKnightTwo aircraft

Virgin Galactic has showcased its twin-fuselage WhiteKnightTwo aircraft at the EAA AirVenture convention in Wisconsin. The independently designed Knight is expected to transport Virgin's SpaceShipTwo to 50,000 feet, where the latter craft will detach and blast into space under its own power.

Space shuttle Endeavour successfully undocks from ISS

The space shuttle Endeavour successfully undocked from the International Space Station (ISS) at 1:26 p.m. EDT. According to NASA, the station was reoriented for undocking, while open docking latches subsequently allowed Endeavour to drift free.

Sun is still shining, look at the view

Astronauts on the Space Shuttle photographed this magnificent sunrise over the Earth last week.

Saturn moon may have liquid water

Saturn's moon Enceladus may have an ocean of water, kept liquid by ammonia, say scientists.

Google releases Moon in Earth on 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing

On July 20, 1969 Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to land on the moon. Exactly 40 years later, you can simulate that experience, well almost, with footage released by NASA that has been integrated in Google’s Earth application. There is a new Moon section in Earth, which lets users explore the moon in a similar way as Earth.

"There are some things worth risking your life for"

Six Apollo astronauts held a news briefing in Washington earlier today to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing. And what they said wasn't necessarily what their bosses wanted to hear.

Spacemen told not to boldly go

The 13-strong crew of the ISS has been inconvenienced by the failure of the station's main toilet.

Space shuttle Endeavour docks with ISS Harmony node

The space shuttle Endeavour has successfully docked with the ISS (International Space Station) Harmony node. According to NASA, Commander Mark Polansky docked Endeavour at 1:47 p.m. EDT while flying approximately 220 miles above the Gulf of Carpentaria, off the north coast of Australia.

Lost moon landing tapes dusted off and restored

We've all done it - taped over our wedding video, or our childrens' first steps. But those tapes weren't of international importance.

Endeavour crew checks heat shield

NASA remains tight light about a possible damage to the space shuttle, which may have been caused by falling debris during yesterday’s launch. However, NASA said that the shuttle crew is inspecting the heat shield, which should be completed by about 6:30 p.m. EDT.

Endeavour launch marred by falling debris

The space shuttle Endeavour and its crew of seven astronauts have reached orbit after a successful launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The near perfect liftoff was slightly marred by several pieces of debris falling off the external fuel tank onto the orbiter.

NASA hopes for Wednesday shuttle launch

There is a 60% chance that Endeavour will liftoff to its STS-127 mission on Wednesday, NASA said.