Space missions

A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, carrying a Bion-M satellite rises at a launch pad in the Russian-leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome on April 18, 2013. Credit: AFP

Mice, gerbils perish in Russia space flight

Monday, 20 May 2013

A number of mice and eight gerbils sent into space in a Russian capsule destined to find out how well organisms can withstand extended flights perished during their journey, scientists said as the month-long mission touched back down on Earth.

Composite image of Earth and Mars created to show the relative sizes of the two planets. Credit: NASA / JPL

Mars exploration achievable, experts say

Monday, 6 May 2013

NASA and private sector experts now agree that a man or woman could be sent on a mission to Mars over the next 20 years, despite huge challenges.

International Space Station NASA cropped

Space experiment sheds light on immune struggles

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

A lab experiment that rode to space two years ago has offered new clues about why astronauts’ immune systems struggle to perform in zero gravity, U.S. military researchers said.

Artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Did Mars camera find lost Soviet spacecraft?

Friday, 12 April 2013

Hardware from a Soviet spacecraft that went silent only seconds after making the first successful soft landing on Mars in 1971 might appear in images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 Earth NASA

NASA may tow asteroid to the Moon

Monday, 8 April 2013

NASA wants to grab a small asteroid and tow it into orbit around the Moon, as part of a long-range plan towards establishing permanent manned outposts in space, according to a U.S. senator.

Coronial rain solar storm NASA Featured

Europe readies for solar storm risks

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Europe has launched its first space weather coordination centre to raise the alarm for possible satellite-sizzling solar storms that also threaten astronauts in orbit, plane passengers and electricity grids on Earth.

Credit: NASA/JPL

Mars rover back online after glitch

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

NASA’s Curiosity rover, which has been exploring Mars since it landed last August, is back on active status after a memory glitch set the robot back.

Curiosity Rover Self Portrait

NASA rover finds conditions once suited to life on Mars

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Analysis of Mars rocks by the Curiosity rover has uncovered the building blocks of life – hydrogen, carbon and oxygen – and evidence the planet could once have supported organisms, according to U.S. space agency, NASA.

A gravity tractor uses the weakest force in the universe to move an entire asteroid.

Saving Earth from hazardous asteroids

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

If an asteroid was on path for a collision, what could we do? Here are some of the proposals – both the sensible ones and the wild.

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