Flying saucer blasts off to seek life on Mars
This weekend the USA launched one of the most ambitious space missions ever. ‘Let’s go to see them before they come to see us,’ said the White House when asked about aliens.
US to launch most powerful rocket ever
Forty-two years after man first set foot on the moon, there's still much to explore in space. But in a time of economic difficulty, should we still be reaching for the stars?
Celebrating fifty years of the final frontier
It's half a century since mankind first journeyed into space. A special mission launches today to mark the occasion. These days getting to orbit is easy – but where can astronauts go next?
Mars 500: fake space mission reaches its goal
A multinational team of 'astronauts' have simulated a Mars landing after nearly a year in isolation. But was it worth the journey?
Is Lake Vostok the last secret on earth?
Beneath 4km of Antarctic ice is the dark water of Lake Vostok, sealed from the world for 15 million years. What lies hidden in its depths?
Avatar director to tackle Challenger Deep
James Cameron is planning a voyage to the bottom of the world's deepest ocean. Is human exploration more valuable than robotic research?