The nitty gritty of Moon soil
Scientists develop a new way to study lunar chemistry.
US scientists have started making a very detailed analysis of Moon rocks and soil – atom by atom. They say that no...
Inouye’s moment of truth
Telescope produces the goods with this close-up of the Sun.
America’s new Daniel K Inouye Solar Telescope has produced the most detailed solar images ever taken, showing structu...
So long Spitzer, thanks for all the information
NASA retires an ‘incredible, unique facility’ after 16 years.
NASA’s aging Spitzer Space Telescope, which has been using infrared light to study the cosmos for more than 16 years,...
Increasing concerns about crowded space
Astronomers even talking about an ‘existential threat’.
Space scientists have long known that the cloud of manmade objects circling the Earth pose a risk to space launches a...
New findings and hopes for a halcyon era
Astronomers celebrate dawn of a new decade.
Last week, while most of us were still trying to remember to write 2020 rather than 2019 on our documents, 3600 astro...
Coming soon: a market garden on Mars
Experiments using simulated Martian soil produce surprisingly good results. Barry Keily reports.
Don’t grow spinach on Mars. That’s one of the key messages arising from a generally encouraging set of experiments de...
Juno's near-death experience
NASA finds a way to save the solar-powered aircraft from certain doom.
For two years, NASA’s Jupiter-orbiting Juno spacecraft has been facing a mortal problem. When it arrived at the giant...
Rumbles and donks: the sounds of Mars
NASA’s InSight team reports its lander is adding to the Red Planet’s sonic environment.
Scientists listening to recordings made by NASA's Mars InSight lander have discovered a rich haul – although many of ...
Soaking up Earth views from space
Astronaut Nick Hague enjoys his final moments on a space mission.
The best pics that most of us will ever snap from above are from airplane windows. NASA astronaut Nick Hague, however...
See a spacecraft ascending from above
It’s a breathtaking perspective.
This image shows the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft ascending into space after its launch from central Asian country Kazakhst...
Descent on the dark side of the moon is revealed
Chinese scientists have worked out where Chang’e-4 landed.
Earlier this year, on 3 January, China’s Chang’e-4 (CE-4) spacecraft made an historic first by touching down safely o...
A space masterpiece remembered
NASA thinks it’s time to celebrate Spitzer and its best work.
NASA has released something of a greatest hits package for its Spitzer Space Telescope.That’s possibly a little prema...