NASA animates Orion test flight

NASA has released an animated clip depicting the proposed 2014 test flight of its Orion spacecraft.

NASA snaps asteroid as it approaches Earth

NASA's Deep Space Network antenna has captured new radar images of Asteroid 2005 YU55 as it approaches Earth in what's set to be the closest approach of a big asteroid ever recorded.

Big asteroid set for near-miss this week

A 1,300-foot asteroid is set to zip between us and the moon's orbit this week, in the most significant near-miss scientists have ever known about in advance.

Baptistina asteroid wasn't dinosaur killer after all

The asteroid widely believed to be responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs probably couldn't have been, observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope show.

Dust samples reveal asteroid's history

Samples brought back from the Itokawa asteroid indicate that it's made up of the remnants of a much larger body.

Dawn probe sends back images of asteroid

NASA's Dawn probe is beginning the first of four science orbits, and has sent back its first close-up images.

Trojan asteroid shares Earth's orbit

It's two and a half thousand years since the Greek philosopher Philolaus suggested the existence of a 'counter-Earth' - another planet sharing Earth's orbit.

Dawn spacecraft to reach giant asteroid today

Today, after a four-year journey, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will go into orbit around the asteroid Vesta, where it will stay and make observations for a year.

NASA to collect samples from near-Earth asteroid

NASA's announced that it's to launch an unmanned ship to an asteroid in 2016, gathering samples that could help to explain how life began.

NASA reveals design for deep space vehicle

NASA's announced its plans for the US spacecraft it hopes will take human beings into deep space.

Scientists ready to study Earth-buzzing asteroid

Imagine looking up into the sky and seeing a giant asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier. Scary, eh? But don't worry, because although scientists predict the fly-by will happen this fall, they aren't concerned about a possible collision.

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.

Japan confirms Hayabusa probe contained asteroid dust

Japanese scientists say they're certain that particles captured by the Hayabusa spacecraft are indeed from the Itokawa asteroid.

Recent asteroid collision caught on camera

Astronomers have spotted what's been confirmed as a collision between two asteroids that took place just last year beyond the orbit of Mars.

Hazardous asteroid on potential collision course with Earth

A dangerously large asteroid could hit the earth in 2182 - and it needs to be deflected by 2080 at the latest, according to a global research team.

Rosetta spacecraft probes Lutetia asteroid

The Rosetta spacecraft has captured the first, high-quality pictures of the  "Lutetia" asteroid.

Japanese space capsule recovered - but is there anything inside?

Japan's Hayabusa mission, the first to collect samples from an asteroid, made a successful return to earth last night in the Australian outback.

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.

Evidence 'conclusive' that asteroid wiped out dinosaurs in days

A major international study has found overwhelming evidence that a massive asteroid impact in did indeed wipe out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.