ESO unveils zoom-in images of the entire night sky

Never one to be outdone in the pretty picture stakes, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has released an interactive, 360-degree panoramic view of the entire night sky. GigaGalaxy Zoom shows the plane of the Milky Way running across an 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky as seen from ESO’s observing sites in Chile.

China presses ahead with space program

China has started work on its fourth space center, in the southern province of Hainan.

New Hubble instruments take dramatic images

NASA has released its first images from the newly-serviced Hubble Space Telescope, and jolly impressive they are too.

NASA releases detailed pictures of Mars

NASA has released thousands of high-resolution images of Mars, taken from the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter (MRO).

Inflatable spacecraft test success for NASA

NASA today successfully launched the first test of the IRVE inflatable re-entry test vehicle.

NASA completes Ares 1-X rocket

For the first time in 25 years, a new spacecraft is finished and ready to go.

NASA to launch inflatable re-entry vehicle

Researchers from NASA's Langley Research Center are preparing to test a new kind of lightweight inflatable spacecraft technology demonstrator from a small sounding rocket later today.

Top secret US spyplane blamed for spate of UFO sightings

The UK's Ministry of Defence has opened its secret UFO files containing details of 800 reports of flying saucers and attempted alien abductions.

Earth to ET: fancy a barbie?

A website has been set up in Australia to enable internet users to send a message to extraterrestrials.

16 megapixel infrared sensor promises better defense against missiles, rain

Raytheon has developed the world's largest infrared light-wave detector, expanding current capabilities in missile warning, environmental monitoring and astronomical research.

NASA think-tank should reopen, says NRC

NASA should return to the good old days of visionary thinking, according to a report from the National Research Council (NRC).

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.