NASA is planning to put humans back into its space missions, with a preliminary report detailing how it will use astronauts to aid the robotic exploration of Mars, and eventually lead to landing a man or woman on the red planet.
SPACE – The James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2018, is NASA's next big thing, and the planned replacement for the famous Hubble Space Telescope. Big, expensive, and ambitious, the telesope is exactly all that, but why does NASA need it?
New research suggests a massive asteroid impact two and a half million years ago would have created a mega-tsunami and plunged the world into a severe ice age.
The United States National Reconnaissance Office has launched a classified satellite into space as part of the country's national defence efforts.
NASA is funding research for a method that will let a spacecraft construct itself using built-in 3D printers, allowing potentially massive ships with a greater degree of complexity than has currently been possible.
After a two-year study, scientists say the likelihood of its existence stands at 99.996% (or the same level of significance as the recent discovery of the Higgs boson).
The European Space Agency's Mars Express, after taking some time out to assist in the recent landing of NASA's Curiosity rover, has returned to its primary mission of studying the diverse geology and atmosphere of the 'Red Planet' from orbit.
A multinational team of scientists has detected simple sugar molecules in the gas surrounding a young Sun-like star, around 400 light years away. While sugar has previously been detected in molecular gas clouds, this is the first time it has been seen close to a star.
In a long study led by Anne Jaskot from the University of Michigan, astronomers have been able to distinguish between different sources of the X-rays produced by so called "superbubbles".
Dr. Michael Stevens of the Naval Research Laboratory is leading an international research team in tracking the rapid transport of the exhaust plume from the final launch of the space shuttle in July 2011. The team has found that the plume moved quickly to the Arctic, forming unusually bright polar mesospheric clouds (PMCs) there a
In Star Wars, Luke Skywalker gazed at a sky with two suns. Now scientists have discovered such a system. The discovery dramatically widens the range of environments and conditions in which planets could form.
The historic discovery provides surprising new insights into how these spectacular stellar deaths occur, and allows astronomers to refine calculations which use these types of supernovae to determine cosmic distances.
Google may have ended support for the its original flagship phone, the Nexus One, but a NASA project shows the device is still very capable.
Micro-thrust engines smaller than a postage stamp could move future small satellites in space, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
NASA feels pretty good about itself at the moment. Just two weeks after successfully getting through the "7 minutes of terror" that was the Curiosity rover landing, they announced another successful landing.
Talk about a giant data set! Scientists at the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) have published the largest three-dimensional map of the universe ever created.
This girl is the test bed for future space robot technologies.
NASA's newest Mars rover faces a tricky landing, and scientists face an agonising wait…
Billionaire Sir Richard Branson is to be first among hundreds of people to travel 60 miles into space in the 2013 maiden voyage of the Virgin Galactic programme.
The news of a fifth moon discovered orbiting Pluto is exciting for astronomers, as there may be more to the dwarf's system than we previously thought.