Daredevil freefall breaks the sound barrier
When Felix Baumgartner jumped from the edge of space, the world looked on in awe. His supersonic leap, which broke world records, is a feat of technology and training.
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.
SpaceX rocket launches era of private spaceflight
Three, two, one, take-off: a new frontier was breached yesterday with the launch of the first commercial cargo flight to space. Its destination is the International Space Station.
Billionaires unveil plan to mine platinum in space
Film director James Cameron and Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin have joined other super-rich investors in backing a bold new venture: to hunt for precious metals among the stars.
Police bombarded with calls as ‘huge fireball’ sighted
A large meteorite may have hit southern England, after blazing a fiery trail across the UK. It was a gentle reminder of a deadly threat: a big enough asteroid could wipe out the entire human...
Earth hit by space hurricane as solar flare strikes
The worst solar storm in eight years has smashed into the planet’s magnetosphere, causing satellite failures and computer glitches. The upside? Things could have been much much worse.
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?
US space shuttle returns to Earth for the last time
Atlantis will reach Kennedy Space Station tomorrow morning. Thirty years after the ambitious space shuttle programme began, is the project a triumph or an embarrassment?
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?
Aliens – from science fiction to science fact?
A NASA scientist has stirred debate over life forms from outer space. He claims to have found fossils of unknown bugs inside meteorites. Is he for real?
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?