Starry, starry night: the Perseid meteor shower seen from Burma, 2013. Photo: Getty
Pleiades row: the fault in our star measurements
By Michael Brooks - 11 September 10:00

Either our understanding of how stars form needs a big overhaul, or one of the current missions of the European Space Agency could turn out to be something of a white elephant.

The Sun, seen from the International Space Station. Photo: STS-129/Nasa
The curious case of space plankton
By Ian Steadman - 04 September 9:29

It’s increasingly becoming clear that space is a more hospitable environment than was assumed.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is seen in a photo taken by the Rosetta spacecraft, 6 August. Photo: Getty
Hunting the rocky rubber duck: how comet-chasing Rosetta could change history
By Michael Brooks - 21 August 10:00

This ball of rock and ice formed at the same time as our solar system and should, if predictions are correct, contain complex organic molecules, the same stuff as terrestrial life is made from.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by Rosetta’s OSIRIS narrow-angle camera. Image:  ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Rosetta becomes the first spacecraft to ever go into orbit around a comet
By Fiona Rutherford - 07 August 12:28

After a ten year chase, Rosetta became the first ever spacecraft to intercept and go into orbit around a comet - and over the next 18 months will begin searching for clues left over from the earliest moments of our Solar System.

Neil Armstrong in the lunar module, 1969. Photo: Getty
Neil Armstrong’s life: Searching for rocket man
By Erica Wagner - 25 July 12:59

Erica Wagner on a new biography of the space pioneer.

This panorama is a mosaic of images taken by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on the NASA Mars rover Curiosity while the rover was working at a site called "Rocknest" in October and November 2012. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems
The Emirates paves way for a Middle East space programme with its mission to Mars
By Jill Stuart - 23 July 15:09

The United Arab Emirates now has its own space agency, and plans to launch a mission to Mars by 2021.

Colin Pillinger in 2004. Photo: Getty
Never forget Colin Pillinger – and all he did for the UK space industry
By Michael Brooks - 23 May 13:14

Hopefully, we'll soon be launching a mission to Mars from the UK.

Sandra Bullock goes for a spacewalk in Gravity. (Photo: Warner Bros)
In search of the notorious Big G: why we still know so little about gravity
By Michael Brooks - 13 March 9:00

Gravity is pathetic and so is our understanding of it.

Test image from Gaia: Slightly shaky to start with, but it’ll get there. (Image: ESA/DPAC/Airbus DS)
Largest ever space camera is ready to map a billion stars
By Ben Dryer - 26 February 16:31

The European Space Agency's Gaia telescope is so powerful, it see stars with power akin to measuring the width of a human hair at a distance of 500 km.

Shade of things to come.
Who owns the moon? We're just going to have to get up there and find out
By Michael Brooks - 25 February 10:00

A legal loophole has made it impossible to say who can claim the moon - but with a wealth of minerals and "rare earth" elements, plus huge potential for space exploration, we'll have to get up there and fight it out.

Mars headlines Woodstock
Death on Mars: would you take a one-way trip into space?
By Helen Lewis - 24 February 10:08

Within a few decades, we will have the technological ability to send humans to the red planet - as long as they don't want to come back home again.

Star Wars planets migrate into position around stellar pairs
By Stefano Meschiari - 06 February 9:28

One of Kepler’s most exciting discoveries was proving the existence of circumbinary planets: planets that orbit two stars, which are themselves bound together by gravity in an often-tight orbital dance (just like Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine i

Explosive news of life on Jupiter’s erupting moon, and in Indonesia
By Michael Brooks - 30 January 12:28

While volcanic eruptions disrupt life in Indonesia, elsewhere in our solar system they might be making it interesting.

The European Space Agency’s probe Rosetta is still on course
By Ian Steadman - 30 January 11:28

If the ESA succeeds, Rosetta’s findings could be some of the most valuable on the early history of our solar system.

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Why Comet Ison is not an epic fail
By Michael Brooks - 27 November 15:00

Who’d be a comet in this era of rolling news coverage and internet commentary?

Hurrah, we've found an asteroid that might kill us all in 2032
By Ian Steadman - 18 October 12:58

2013 TV135 is meant to be a 410m space rock of death, but it's OK - there's a 99.998% chance it'll miss us.

New Statesman
Where does the moon come from?
By Michael Brooks - 10 October 15:16

Whether we’re trying to find out where it came from, or how to siphon off some of its energy, grappling with the moon is harder than it looks.

Christianity and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence
By Emma Crichton-Miller - 30 August 11:34

A review of <em>Science, Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence</em> by David Wilkinson.

Let’s go alien-hunting
By Michael Brooks - 25 July 8:58

A group of researchers is lobbying for access to £1m of the UK’s space budget. Why not?

Laurie Penny on Mars: Modern life is science fiction – but would you dare go on a one-way mission to Mars?
By Laurie Penny - 30 April 8:04

Would you sign up for a perilous journey, knowing that you’ve got just one shot at making the human race a bit better, a bit braver?

Kepler mission announces two exoplanets in the habitable "zone"
By Alex Hern - 19 April 16:41

The planets are the right temperature and size to support liquid water.

Watch the sun exploding in glorious 1080p HD
By Alex Hern - 22 February 16:15

A beautiful NASA video of coronal rain.

How to take a self-portrait if you're a robot on mars
By Alex Hern - 08 February 9:20

Curiosity has learned about the Myspace angle.

IDS and the skivers from Mars
By Michael Brooks - 07 February 6:03

Why cutting money from benefits might not save anything in the long run.

Iran's Space Monkey is the Saddest Monkey You Will See Today
By Alex Hern - 28 January 16:19

Unless you have looked up pictures of other space monkeys.

NASA signs $17m deal for ISS expansion
By Alex Hern - 15 January 12:55

Commercial partnership will deliver the new module.

A montage of images taken by the Voyager spacecraft of the solar system
Letter from space: Farewell to Voyager 1
By Maggie Aderin-Pocock - 19 December 9:26

After 35 years, Voyager 1 is finally leaving the solar system – the first man-made object ever to do so. What has its journey meant?

A self portrait by Nasa's Curiosity probe on Mars.
Heavens above: the achievement of Curiosity and the Hubble Space Telescope
By Michael Brooks - 19 December 5:57

Long may our exploration of the heavens continue.

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