Astronauts warn of ‘city killer’ asteroids
A group of scientists and former astronauts claim that humankind is dangerously unprepared for a calamitous strike from space. Should we be worried or does Earth have more pressing problems?
Astronauts plan to grow vegetables in space
Six romaine lettuces will sprout this winter on a space station 230 miles from Earth. With our planet’s fields growing crowded and water scarce, has farming found a final frontier?
Robot explorer finds ancient lakes on Mars
The Mars rover Curiosity has found evidence that water once flowed on Earth’s next-door neighbour. Why is this exciting? Because where there is water, there may be life.
Martian-hunting robot successfully touches down
After ‘seven minutes of terror’, NASA’s Mars rover touched down on the Red Planet yesterday morning. It is the most complex robot Mars has yet seen. Its objective: evidence of alien life.
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?