Mars One puts back planned colonisation of Red Planet
5 hours ago
A British-Dutch company planning to install a community of humans on Mars admitted on Wednesday that it's project will be delayed by several years.
New telescope chip offers clear view of alien planets
Dec 06, 2016
Scientists have developed a new optical chip for a telescope that enables astronomers to have a clear view of alien planets that may support life.
What is the weather like on Venus?
Dec 05, 2016
Venus is often called Earth's "Sister Planet" because of all the things they have in common. They are comparable in size, have similar compositions, and both orbit within the Sun's habitable zone. But beyond that, there are ...
Europe okays 1.4 bn euros for Mars rover, ISS (Update)
Dec 02, 2016
European ministers approved a 1.4-billion-euro ($1.5-billion) lifeline Friday for plans to place a life-seeking rover on Mars and maintain a presence on the International Space Station.
Modeling offers new perspective on how Pluto's 'icy heart' came to be
Nov 30, 2016
Pluto's "icy heart" is a bright, two-lobed feature on its surface that has attracted researchers ever since its discovery by the NASA New Horizons team in 2015. Of particular interest is the heart's western lobe, informally ...
Earth's 'technosphere' now weighs 30 trillion tons, research finds
Nov 30, 2016
"The technosphere is a major new phenomenon of this planet – and one that is evolving extraordinarily rapidly" – Professor Mark Williams, University of Leicester
Timing the shadow of a potentially habitable extrasolar planet paves the way to search for alien life
Nov 28, 2016
A group of researchers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the University of Tokyo, and the Astrobiology Center among others has observed the transit of a potentially Earth-like extrasolar planet known ...
ExoMars space programme needs an extra 400mn euros
Nov 25, 2016
Barely a month after its expensive test lander crashed into Mars, the European Space Agency asked member nations Friday to cough up an extra 400 million euros ($425 million) to complete the ExoMars exploration of the Red ...
Computer glitch blamed for European Mars lander crash
Nov 24, 2016
A tiny lander that crashed on Mars last month flew into the Red Planet at 540 kilometres (335 miles) per hour instead of gently gliding to a stop, after a computer misjudged its altitude, scientists said.
New study finds water deeper in Earth than scientists previously believed
Nov 21, 2016
A mineral far below the Earth's surface may hold the key to how much water is stored in the planet, a Florida State University researcher says.