Hubble telescope celebrates 21st birthday in style

This week, the Hubble Space Telescope turned 21! Shots? Well, not for this special birthday.

Russia wants a nuclear-powered spacecraft for Mars mission

The European Space Agency (ESA) is currently working with NASA to develop a major Mars exploration project.

NASA image shows a thousand potential planets

What do more than a thousand planet candidates and their suns look like? Jason Rowe, of NASA's Kepler science team has produced an image that shows each of the 1,235 potential planets so far discovered transiting its star.

Messenger delivers first Mercury photo

NASA's released the first picture of the surface of Mercury taken by its Messenger spacecraft early yesterday morning.

NASA spaceship control network vulnerable to hackers

NASA's computer network is open to potentially catastrophic hacking attacks across the internet, its inspector general Paul Martin has warned.

James Cameron disappointed as NASA scraps 3D plans

NASA says it's abandoned plans for two high-resolution 3D cameras to be carried by the next Mars rover.

Supernova observations may explain cosmic rays

Move over CERN: a pattern of X-ray 'stripes' in the remains of a supernova may provide the first direct evidence that supernovae can accelerate particles to energies a hundred times higher than the Large Ladron Collider.

Bugs in space!

Scientists have been studying how spaceflight makes bacteria more virulent, in work that could have implications for the health of the Earthbound as well as astronauts.

It's spring on Titan, and it's raining methane

Liquid methane has been raining down on Titan, say NASA scientists, who have observed the equatorial weather on Saturn's largest moon for the first time.

Messenger moves into orbit around Mercury

NASA's Messenger spacecraft is poised to go into orbit around Mercury tonight, after a six-year, five billion-mile journey.

NASA to pay Russia more for ISS trips

NASA's extended its deal with the Russian Federal Space Agency over transport to the International Space Station - but the cost of a ticket has gone up.

NASA should concentrate on Mars, says committee

Mars and Jupiter's moon Europa should be NASA's main areas of focus over the coming decade, according to a report from the National Research Council.

NASA scientist finds fossils of alien life forms

A NASA scientist says he's discovered alien life, in the form of microscopic fossils, embedded in meteorites.

NASA solves mystery of vanishing sunspots

NASA believes it's found an explanation for the recent period of decreased solar activity during the sun's 11-year cycle - the deepest solar minimum seen in almost 100 years.

NASA calls off Glory launch at last minute

NASA this morning called off the launch of its Glory satellite, five minutes before takeoff. It's been postponed until tomorrow, with NASA citing unspecified technical issues.

Massive solar flare hits Earth tonight

The biggest solar flare in four years has blasted out from the sun, and is expected to reach Earth late tonight.

NASA comet images show man-made crater

The Stardust spacecraft's Valentine's Day flyby of the Tempel 1 comet has delivered pictures of the comet that clearly show the effects of its last encounter with a spacecraft in 2005.

'Tough' NASA budget provides for third shuttle flight

NASA's much-desired third and final Shuttle flight this year looks likely to go ahead, following the release of its 2012 budget request.

Spitzer reveals thousands of new stars

The number of known young stars in the North American Nebula has taken a dramatic jump, with more than 2,000 more having been identified.

NASA searches for Apollo 14's lost travelers

Dave Williams of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is a man with a mission: to track down hundreds of 'moon trees' grown from seeds that went to the moon and back with the Apollo 14 mission.