Cassini reveals cosmic Pac-Man

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.

CubeSail clears junk from space

UK researchers have developed a device to clear dangerous space garbage from lower earth orbit.

NASA upgrades Mars Rover with advanced autonomous capabilities

NASA has upgraded its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity with advanced autonomous capabilities.

Britain gets its own space agency at last

The UK is to get its own space agency, consolidating a mess of different departments and budgets into a single authority.

Helium falls like rain on Jupiter

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.

Virgin Galactic takes flight

"Now boarding Virgin Galactic flight 1 with nonstop service to outer space"

Early galaxy had 'teenage growth spurt'

A massive galaxy in the early universe created stars up to 100 times faster than the modern-day Milky Way, say astronomers.

Saturn's rings aren't as peaceful as they look

Saturn's rings aren't as neat and tidy as they appear, new observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show.

Astronomers discover gas-giant exoplanet

Astronomers have discovered a gas-giant exoplanet locked into a circular orbit around its parent star.

Astronomers get a closer look at Jupiter's Great Red Spot

New thermal images from ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) are allowing astronomers to take a detailed look at the solar system's largest storm.

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.

Space station could operate until 2028

The International Space Station could remain in use until 2028, officials have said.

Chinese moms picked for space mission

China has opted for married mothers over single women in its selection of its first female astronauts.

Binary star has a five-minute orbit

An international team of astronomers has discovered a weird pair of stars which orbit around each other in just five and a half minutes.

Organic molecules discovered in Orion Nebula

ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory has discovered organic molecules in the Orion Nebula - potential signs of life.

China to start space station construction next year

China plans to launch the first module of its planned space station next year.

Lockheed Martin designs world's largest heat shield

Engineers at Lockheed Martin have successfully completed fabrication of the world's largest heat shield.

Astronomers use galaxies as lenses

Peering through entire galaxies as their lenses, a team of researchers has found a new way to establish the size and age of the universe.

NASA radar finds ice at moon's north pole

Instruments aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft have detected millions of tons of water ice near the moon's north pole.

Raytheon designs advanced GPS controls

The US Air Force has selected Raytheon to design an advanced control segment that is expected to significantly improve the accuracy of information originating from Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites.