Between the Earth and the moon: An artist’s rendering of a refueling depot for deep-space exploration.
Sung Wha Kang (RISD)
To get us to Mars and beyond, a team of students from around the world has a plan involving lunar rovers mining ice and a space station between the Earth and the moon.
Almost every star has planets – so there are more planets in our galaxy than there are stars.
NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
Plants on other planets are bound to be even weirder than the strangest ones we find on Earth – if they even exist.
The truth is we don’t really know if space goes on forever – but maybe, one day, we will find out.
People used to think that when they looked up at the night sky, they were seeing all of space. Then American astronomer Edwin Hubble found out something so amazing, NASA named a telescope after him.
Saturn and its rings backlit by the sun, which is blocked by the planet in this view. Encircling the planet and inner rings is the much more extended E-ring.
NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
With the probe now on its 'Grand Finale,' a Cassini team member describes the amazing discoveries it made about the ringed planet and its many moons.
An artist’s impression of the UNSW-EC0 cubesat in Earth’s orbit.
Australia's hoping to take a share of the billion-dollar space industry with the launch of its first totally Australian-built satellites in 15 years.
In conversation: Martin Rees.
The Astronomer Royal answers some of the world's – and the universe's – biggest questions.
Co-working can be a refreshing change for many employees where the design of the workplace and the politics of their organisation means they are simply too tired.
Co-working spaces are evolving to suits the needs of a changing workforce.
Artist’s impression of a quasar shining through a galaxy’s ‘super halo’ of hydrogen gas.
A. Angelich (NRAO/AUI/NSF)
Astronomers are surprised by what they're finding out about galaxies that formed in the early days of our universe, now that sensitive telescopes allow direct observation, not the inference of old.
In the face of recent political events in Britain and America, sci-fi imaginings of the 'citizens of the future' have taken on a new resonance.
Most modern spiral galaxies, such as NGC 1300, are thought to have loads of dark matter in their outer regions.
NASA, ESA, and The Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)
So where did all the dark matter come from?
Look ma, no gravity!
Every moment of life on our planet has had the force of gravity in the background. But the prospect of long-distance space travel means it's time to figure out what happens to our biology in its absence.
Artist impression of the Trappist-1 System.
Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser/spaceengine.org
Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets packed around a dim star.
NOAA/NASA GOES Project
The Earth's magnetic field acts like a giant instrument playing magnetic music.
Hidden Figures is certainly inspirational, but the racial politics of the space programme were hardly so easily settled.
Space exploration and exploitation has changed a lot in 50 years.
The Outer Space Treaty, now 50 years old, has so far never been violated. But things could be about to change.
Tiny CubeSats are ready to be our eyes in the skies.
Earth Background: NASA; HARP Spacecraft: SDL; Montage: Martins, UMBC
As technology advances, tiny satellites no bigger than a loaf of bread have advanced from just proving they work to being big contributors in answering science questions.
Eugene Cernan inside the lunar module after his second moonwalk of the mission. His spacesuit is covered with moondust.
Often eclipsed by Apollo 11, the final manned moonshot left far more than bootprints in the dust. In these troubling times, it also left us with a lasting message of hope.
The discovery of the year was the first detection of gravitational waves.
Colliding black holes to exploding spacecraft, 2016 was an incredible year for astrophysics.
Listen to some weird space sounds and help identify crunches, whistles and other odd effects. It could help save our satellites.
Using terrestrial forensic science to point the finger of blame to criminals in space will be much harder than it looks.