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.

New Statesman
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.

The space shuttle Endeavour journeys through Los Angeles
A long way from Alpha Centauri
By Michael Brooks - 25 October 9:36

Our terribly sensible attitude to space exploration is tested by exciting new discoveries.

Felix Baumgartner the moment before beginning his freefall to earth
Man jumps from space: giffed
By Alex Hern - 14 October 20:05

Today, a man jumped off a balloon 36km up in the air, freefalling from space for almost four and a half minutes.

This is really all you need to see to understand that.

Does the Earth need a space fence?
By Liam Stoker - 04 October 10:47

Being hit by space junk is rubbish.

Will space mining become a reality?
By Sarah Blackman - 27 September 14:57

Planetary Resources to Soviet meteor diamonds and beyond.

A view of the earth appears over the Lunar horizon
A space elevator would be a fitting tribute to Neil Armstrong
By Alex Hern - 29 August 15:36

Let's focus on projects that would change the world substantively, not symbolically.

Remember Neil Armstrong with space exploration that actually matters
By Alex Hern - 27 August 10:18

Don't put someone on Mars just for the sake of it. Build a space elevator and democratise the final frontier.

NASA lands nuclear-powered, laser-armed, one-tonne rover on Mars
By Alex Hern - 06 August 8:16

The Curiosity rover has been travelling for 10 months and made a safe touchdown this morning.

Richard Branson: "Create a European army - and privatise Radio 1"
By David Miliband - 11 July 12:11

The Virgin entrepreneur and adventurer talks to David Miliband about tax avoidance, Bob Diamond, why Europe needs a joint army and why he’ll never back any one political party.

Reasons to be careful
By Michael Brooks - 20 June 17:13

Asteroids strikes, radiation and Rio+20.