A team from MIT estimated how long it would take for the mission to experience its first fatality. The answer: 68 days. The second group would arrive to find the first pioneers had been dead for more than a year and a half.
Mars has become the destination of choice for ambitious space agencies and nations. Now India is among that group.
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.
It’s increasingly becoming clear that space is a more hospitable environment than was assumed.
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.
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.
Erica Wagner on a new biography of the space pioneer.
The United Arab Emirates now has its own space agency, and plans to launch a mission to Mars by 2021.
Hopefully, we'll soon be launching a mission to Mars from the UK.
Gravity is pathetic and so is our understanding of it.
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.
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.
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.
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
While volcanic eruptions disrupt life in Indonesia, elsewhere in our solar system they might be making it interesting.
If the ESA succeeds, Rosetta’s findings could be some of the most valuable on the early history of our solar system.
Who’d be a comet in this era of rolling news coverage and internet commentary?
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.
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.
A review of <em>Science, Religion and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence</em> by David Wilkinson.
A group of researchers is lobbying for access to £1m of the UK’s space budget. Why not?
Highest music video since Snoop Dogg's last one.
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?
The planets are the right temperature and size to support liquid water.
A beautiful NASA video of coronal rain.
Curiosity has learned about the Myspace angle.
Why cutting money from benefits might not save anything in the long run.
Unless you have looked up pictures of other space monkeys.
Miners! In! Space!