The Venus Express spacecraft has completed an 'aerodrag' exercise, using its solar wings to catch and measure faint wisps of atmosphere just 180km above the planet.
Lunar explorers may have another hazard to contend with - new calculations by NASA's Lunar Science Institute team indicate that the moon's polar craters may be charged to hundreds of volts.
British scientists reckon they've identified the largest comet yet, using data from the ESA/NASA Ulysses spacecraft to measure the region of space disturbed by the its presence.
NASA is preparing to launch the first human-like robot to space as part of the Discovery STS-133 mission planned for September.
ESO astronomers have discovered nine new exoplanets - and found that several are going the wrong way.
A new radio astronomy facility has started mapping the universe at very low wavelengths and looking for messages from other civilisations.
If there really is life on saturn's moon Titan, it's likely to be smelly and explosive, according to astrobiologist William Bains.
NASA has announced its plans for the next few years. With the Constellation program for a manned moon landing axed, the focus will instead be on missions to the International Space Station and flight beyond Earth's orbit.
Venus is still capable of volcanic eruptions, data from ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft suggests.
ESA's Cryosat-2 ice mission is set for launch today, aiming to give scientists some hard evidence on the state of the world's ice caps.
More than 100 student teams from around the globe will this weekend take part in NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race.
Our entire universe may be located inside a wormhole, part of a black hole that lies within a much larger universe.
Astronomers have discovered a planet-like object circling a brown dwarf that appears to have formed much more quickly than was previously thought possible.
NASA has released the first Mars pictures commissioned by the public - and there's not a thumbprint or double exposure among them.
In an example of life imitating art - if art's the right word - NASA has released images of Saturn's icy moon Mimas looking for all the world like Pac-Man eating a dot.
UK researchers have developed a device to clear dangerous space garbage from lower earth orbit.
NASA has upgraded its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity with advanced autonomous capabilities.
The UK is to get its own space agency, consolidating a mess of different departments and budgets into a single authority.
New research suggests that it's raining helium in the interior of Jupiter. UC Berkeley scientists reckon this is the best way to explain why there's so much less neon in the outer layers of the planet than predicted.
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