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Unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch

29/10/2014

A rocket containing supplies for the ISS exploded during its launch.


The sliding spring comet races past Mars

20/10/2014

The sliding spring comet races past Mars giving an opportunity for satellites and rovers to measure it's impact on the planet.


Saturn moon is wonky or watery

17/10/2014

The orbit of one of Saturn's moon can only be explained if it has water in its interior or wonky.


NASA readies for comet flyby of Mars

13/10/2014

NASA is getting ready its fleet of orbiters and rovers to watch the comets influence on Mars.


Blood moon wows viewers

10/10/2014

A total lunar eclipse was visible across much of the Americas and Asia, resulting in a spectacular "Blood Moon".


More temperature data needed for Southern oceans

06/10/2014

A new study highlights the lack of temperature data for the Southern oceans and the implications this may have.


New ocean mountains mapped

03/10/2014

A more sensitive set of result have been published showing thousands of new mountains under the oceans.


Complex organic molecule found in interstellar space

29/09/2014

Scientists have detected a branched carbon structure molecule in a star-forming cloud 27,000 light-years from Earth.


Indian Mars Orbiter sends back photo

26/09/2014

India's satellite orbiting around Mars has sent back its first picture.


MAVEN successfully enters orbit

22/09/2014

NASA's MAVEN satellites has successfully entered orbit around Mars to study the atmosphere.


Eye inspire new particle physics data processing

19/09/2014

The way the eye processes information has inspired a new algorithm that can process data 400 times faster than before.


67P landing site chosen

15/09/2014

The landing site on the comet 67P for Philae has been chosen.


Advanced LIGO experiment progressing faster than expected

12/09/2014

The Advanced LIGO experiment that is being built to try and detect gravitational waves, is progressing ahead of schedule.


Meteor lands in Nicaragua

08/09/2014

A small meteorite landed in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, near the international airport.


Rosetta ready for 'capture' manoeuvres

05/09/2014

Rosetta is getting ready for manuouvres that will meant it is captured by the comet's gravity.


New report says Antarctic coastal waters are 'rising faster'

01/09/2014

A new report has found melting ice is causing sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica by about 2mm per year more than the general trend for the Southern Ocean as a whole in the period between 1992 and 2011.


Dead stars explode after reignition

29/08/2014

Scientists think they have found out why some stars can re-ignite and explode.


Potential landing sites for Rosetta mission chosen

26/08/2014

Scientists have chosen five potential landing sites for the Rosetta mission.


Martian mosaic image created

18/08/2014

German scientists have pieced together a huge mosaic image of the Martian surface that will help scientists choose landing sites for future Martian missions.


Cosmic grains pre-date the Solar System

15/08/2014

Grains captured by the Stardust spacecraft indicate they originated from outside our Solar System.


Water tractor beam made in the lab

11/08/2014

Physicists have successfully made a "tractor beam" in a water tank to control a table tennis ball.


Rosetta probe goes into orbit around comet 67P

08/08/2014

After 10 years ESA Rosetta probe has caught up with the comet 67P.


Next Mars rover to make oxygen

04/08/2014

The next Martian rover from NASA will try to make oxygen on the surface when it arrives in 2021.


Radio mystery baffles astronomers

28/07/2014

Astronomers have detected very brief, very powerful bursts of radio waves but they have no idea what's causing these bursts or where they're coming from.


China plans supercollider to push frontiers of particle physics

25/07/2014

China is proposing a 52km ring for its next particle accelerator capable of reaching energies of 240 GeV.


Rosetta closes in on space 'rubber duck'

21/07/2014

Images of the comet that Rosetta will land on are released.


Physicists crush diamonds with giant laser

18/07/2014

Physicists recreate conditions similar to those in the centre of planets.


World's blackest material

15/07/2014

Scientists have made the world's darkest material out of carbon nanotubes and reflects just 0.035% of light.


Super moon dazzles

14/07/2014

A collection of photos from the latest supermoon.


Inflation teams to share data

08/07/2014

The scientific teams of BICEP2 and Planck will share their data on results gathered to shine a light on inflation.


Mountain top blown off for telescope

23/06/2014

The top of a mountain in Chile has been blown up to make way for the European-Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.


Hidden underground water

16/06/2014

Scientists have found water trapped in rocks deep inside the Earth and are raising questions about how the Earth formed.


A soprano in space

12/06/2014

Singer Sarah Brightman is scheduled to fly to the ISS to become the first professional musician to sing from space.


Moon shows traces of another planet

06/06/2014

Scientist say they have found traces of another planet Theia on samples of the moon.


Mega Earth - a new class of planet.

03/06/2014

A new class of planet has been found, called mega-Earth, with a mass of 17 Earths.


Jupiter's spot is shrinking

30/05/2014

Jupiter's giant red spot, a storm the size of a planet, is shrinking.


Rosetta closes in

27/05/2014

The Rosetta spacecraft has completed a space manouver to bring it closer to comet 67P/C-G


Simulated universe models dark matter

09/05/2014

A new simulation of the universe shows how galaxies form around dark matter.


White house report says climate change is "increasingly disruptive"

07/05/2014

New White House report says climate change is impacting the US more than ever.


NASA unveils new prototype spacesuit

02/05/2014

NASA has unveiled a new prototype spacesuit suitable for a trip to Mars.


New image of ancient star cluster

29/04/2014

NASA have released a new Hubble image of a star cluster which contains over 100,000 stars.


Supernova brightness puzzle solved

25/04/2014

The extraordinary brightness of a supernova has been stumping scientist but is due to a galaxy in front.


"Most Earth-like planet yet"

22/04/2014

Kepler has spotted what scientists are calling the "most Earth-like planet yet".


New moon for Saturn?

17/04/2014

A new moon may have formed from part of Saturn's rings


NASA to test new landing system for Mars

14/04/2014

A new landing system for Mars is being tested, taking inspiration from the Hawaiian puffer fish.


Worlds "needs Plan B"

11/04/2014

The IPCC says the world needs a Plan B to address climate change because of a lack of political movement.


Europe launches Earth mapping satellite

07/04/2014

The Sentinel-1a spacecraft has been launched to map Earth's surface using radar.


Ocean found on Enceladus

04/04/2014

Gravity measurements from Cassini point to an ocean on Enceladus.


Key findings on the IPCC climate change report

01/04/2014

The new report highlights areas becoming affected by climate change from food production to weather.


Asteroid with rings

28/03/2014

Astronomers have detected signs that they have spotted an asteroid with rings.