Space news stories
Research which suggests that structures previously thought to be fossils may, in fact, be mineral deposits could save future Mars missions valuable time and resources.
A team of British scientists has arrived in the Antarctic to try to find the continent’s “missing meteorites”.
4.6 billion years ago, a swirling cloud of rock and rubble coalesced into the planet we now call home. For millions of years after, our planet was bombarded by rocky bits from the distant reaches of our solar system.
As of this week, the International Space Station (ISS) has been orbiting Earth for 21 years, and the astronauts on board have been taking breathtaking photos for almost as long.
The formidable space rock is an Apollo-type asteroid known as 2019 WQ3, zooming past us at a staggering speed of nearly 40,000 mph.
The European Space Agency’s member states approved the most ambitious plan to date by agreeing to provide nearly 12.5 billion euros ($13.8 billion) for the next three years.
The formation of galaxies is a complex dance between matter and energy, occurring on a stage of cosmic proportions and spanning billions of years.
So far, NASA has classified more than 21,000 asteroids and more than 100 comets as near-Earth objects. Of that group, about 2,000 are considered “potentially hazardous”.
An international team has found sugars essential to life in meteorites — supporting the hypothesis that chemical reactions in asteroids can make some of life’s ingredients.
If you ever looked at the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere, you’ve noticed that gleaming object that the rest of the heavens appears to move around. What you’re seeing is Polaris – the North Star.
Bobbing up and down like a carousel horse might not sound like a stable way to orbit a planet, but it works for one little moon of Neptune.
Astronomers have known for a little over a decade that Earth also has a population of what are known as “transient Moons”.
Data from ESA’s Cluster mission has provided a recording of the eerie “song” that Earth sings when it is hit by a solar storm.
The Leonid meteor shower is one of the most famous of the annual meteor displays. The meteors are located within the Sickle, the backward-question-mark star pattern within the constellation of Leo.
A group of planetary defense advocates is asking European governments to fund a mission to a near Earth asteroid, three years after a similar mission failed to win approval.