Skull found on Mars

Alien spotters claim to have discovered the skull of an extra-terrestrial on the Martian surface.

NASA and Microsoft provide 3D tour of International Space Station

NASA will today release an interactive, 3D photographic collection of internal and external views of the International Space Station and a model of the next Mars rover. The pictures come thanks to an integration of Microsoft's Photosynth technology and Virtual Earth that will also allow ordinary users to generate 3D views of places around the world.

NASA redefines Spitzer Space Telescope mission

NASA has confirmed that the Spitzer Space Telescope will end its primary mission after running out of liquid helium. During the past five years, liquid helium has kept three infrared instruments chilled to -456 degrees Fahrenheit (-271 Celsius), or less than 3 degrees above absolute zero.

Obama to reevaluate Constellation project

The Obama administration is expected this week to announce a review of the Constellation space program - the planned replacement for the shuttle.

NASA and IMAX team up for 3-D Hubble spacewalk

NASA and IMAX have confirmed plans to document historic repairs of the Hubble Space Telescope. The resulting footage will be combined with detailed images of distant galaxies in "Hubble 3D" - a joint IMAX and Warner Bros production slated for release in spring 2010.

NASA jobs slashed as shuttle fleet is retired

Hundreds of jobs are to go as NASA prepares to retire its space shuttle fleet next year.

NASA Mercury flyby reveals dynamic planet

A second NASA flyby of Mercury has revealed that the planet's atmosphere, magnetic field and geological past indicate "greater levels of activity" than scientists first suspected.

International space travel threatened by orbital junk

Chicago (IL) -A dangerous collection of orbiting space debris is expected to pose an increasing threat to international space travel.  "The threat posed by orbital debris to the reliable operation of space systems will continue to grow unless the sources of space debris are brought under control," NASA's chief orbital debris scientist Nicholas Johnson told the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee.

New technique may help find alien life

A team at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed a new method for detecting extraterrestrial life.

Most distant water in universe found

Astronomers have found signs of water about 20 billion light years away - further than ever before.

NASA showcases spinoff technologies

From swimming costumes to firefighters' uniforms, from trucks to electric cars: NASA has launched an expanded version of an interactive online program that allows users to discover some of the many ways in which everyday life has been improved by NASA technologies.

Astronomers find mysterious space blob

Astronomers are puzzled by the discovery of a mysterious, giant object that existed when the universe was only about 800 million years old. At first, they didn't believe it was even real.

Japan considers missile warning system

Japan is considering an early warning satellite that can detect missile launches in the wake of concerns about North Korea's missile power.

Scientists announce stunning exoplanet discovery

Scientists at the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) claim to have discovered the smallest exoplanet yet: In the accelerating search for a twin of Earth, Gliese 581 e is only 1.9 times the mass of Earth and may have a similar material structure, but it is too close to its host star to support life as we know it.

NASA’s Kepler telescope captures first images

NASA’s mission to find Earth-like planets in the Cygnus-Lyra region of our Milky Way galaxy is shifting into the next gear. The Kepler space telescope has taken first images, which show millions of stars. NASA plans to survey more than 100,000 of them over the next three years.

Atlantis arrives at launch pad

With Discovery safe on the ground again, NASA has begun preparing Atlantis for its STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

Discovery back home, astronauts in Houston

Concluding a 5.3 million mile, 13-day mission, Discovery landed safely at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday afternoon. The shuttle crew returned to Houston on Sunday.

NASA brings Orion spacecraft to Washington DC mall

NASA announced yesterday that they would be bringing a full-scale mockup of their Orion spacecraft to the National Mall in Washington, DC on March 30. The 45 foot long vehicle will be attached to a semi trailer parked between 4th and 7th streets in front of the mall. A special press event will be held at 10am. Orion is the vehicle that will return a NASA crew to the moon in a planned 2020 mission.

Microsoft billionaire blasts into space again

Charles Simonyi, a software engineer best known for leading the development to of Microsoft’s most profitable applications, Word and Excel, travelled into space for second time. Simonyi’s Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft successfully launched earlier today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and is now en route to the International Space Station (ISS).

NASA to provide 100 TB of space images to Microsoft

Microsoft is catching up with Google and said it has signed an agreement to make planetary images and other data available to the public via the WorldWide Telescope website. The data is expected to become available later this year and eventually top a volume of 100 terabytes (TB). EXTRA: SLIDESHOW