NASA's Opportunity rover has worked flawlessly since its "hole-in-one" landing last Saturday. Today, it "stood-up", stretching its wheels from its travelling position. It could roll off the lander for the final 10 feet of its journey onto...
At 6AM et, the Sun kicked out the third largest solar flare in recorded history. The sunspot that kicked it out also happened to be pointing right at the earth at the time. Scientists have been watching...
Seti@Home, widely considered to be the most successful distributed computing project yet, is taking its results to the next step. After over a million years of shared computing power through its Seti@Home screensaver, the Seti@Home team is returning to the...
China became only the third nation to successfully launch a manned space mission today. Lt. Col Yang Liwei safely landed at 6:23am Thursday Morning, after 21 hours in orbit, circling the Earth 14 times in the Shenzhou V...
The European Space Agency opened its first Deep Space listening post in Australia this week, giving it the ability to launch and keep in contact with spacecraft beyond Jupiters orbit. Previously, the ESA has had to rely on...

Watching the Watcher

For years, we have looked up into the sky; at the moon, the sun, the stars and the other planets. Now we have for the first time pictures of what Earth looks like from Mars. NASA's Mars...
NASA scientists have found enough evidence from the different sensors aboard the Opportunity rover to believe that the area around the rover was awash with liquid water at some point in the past. Steve Squires told a news conference this...
Russia used a Progress M-47 supply ship to raise the orbit of the International Space Station to make its orbit about 5km longer. Since the US has suspended Shuttle flights after the Columbia break-up, this new orbit will...
Scientists in Earthquake-prone California are working on a series of sensors that can detect an earthquake and give a warning a few seconds before an earthquake hits. This would give enough time to get children under their desks,...
Unlimited Cheese Supply China has some ambitious plans to begin a lunar program within the next 2 years. Code named Chang'e (according to legend, this fairy visits the moon), the project aims to mine rare resources found on the...

Close Call

On January 13, Astronomers around the world believed that a newly discovered asteroid, 30m in diameter, had a 1 in 4 chance of hitting the Earth within the following 36 hours, somewhere in the northern hemisphere. An object...
Dutch scientists are experimenting with using simple water to cool the underside of spacecraft during re-entry. By placing a container of water in the nose of the craft, the water would have to boil off completely before the...

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