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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.