Irene Klotz

Elon Musk plans to colonise Mars … and soon

SpaceX is developing a massive rocket and capsule to transport large numbers of people to Mars with the ultimate goal of colonising the planet.

‘We conquered Jupiter’: Nasa’s Juno loops into orbit around solar system’s biggest planet

'Now the fun begins', says scientists as five-year mission could soon begin to explain the mysteries of Jupiter.

New Horizons: Tiny Pluto sports big mountains

New Horizons has revealed that the surface of Pluto has somehow been refreshed, activity that may be tied to an underground ocean or ice volcanoes.

Pluto probe survives encounter, phones home

A Nasa spacecraft has sailed past Pluto, capping a journey of 4.88-billion kilometres that began nine and a half years ago.

Underground ocean discovered on Saturn moon

Gravity measurements taken by a Nasa spacecraft indicate that a small moon orbiting Saturn contains an underground ocean in its southern hemisphere.

Astronomers discover old, distant galaxy

The discovery of Abell 2744_Y1, a galaxy about 30 times smaller than the Milky Way, dates back to 650-million years after the birth of the universe.

Nasa puts new communications satellite into orbit

An unmanned rocket has blasted off from Cape Canaveral to put the newest member of Nasa's space communications network into orbit.

Astronauts complete first spacewalk to fix station’s cooling system

Astronauts, their spacesuits rigged with snorkels, have begun repairs to the International Space Station's cooling system.

New planet discovered in Earth’s back yard

Astronomers have found a new planet, the closest yet outside our solar system and just an astronomical stone's throw away at four light years.

SpaceX Dragon completes test flight with splashdown

The unmanned Dragon has splashed down near California, completing a pioneering mission for commercial firms seeking a major role in space travel.

SpaceX Dragon heading back to Earth

Space Exploration Technologies' Dragon spaceship has begun its journey back to Earth nearly a week after docking at the International Space Station.

Astronauts snare SpaceX Dragon capsule

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured the Dragon cargo ship, the first privately owned vehicle to reach the orbital outpost.

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