A girl takes a close look at the world’s first artificial.
satellite, the Soviet-made Sputnik I.
Our fascination with space shows no signs of slowing down, 60 years after the Soviet Union launched the world's first satellite, Sputnik.
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Telecom operators increasingly struggle to find “parking spots” for their satellites in outer space.
A space agency will allow Australia to sit at the table with NASA, ESA and other global agencies.
Australia's space sector responded positively to today's federal government commitment to a space agency. Our experts explain what must come next.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Our growing dependency on satellites for all forms of communication has made the problem of space weather even more acute.
It’s pretty busy up there.
Back of the net! Litter-picking mission will leave space junk caught up in a web.
kepler all planets may.
The increasingly rapid pace of exoplanet discoveries must mean it is only a matter of time until astronomers find another Earth.
Artist’s illustration of Hitomi.
JAXA, Akihiro Ikeshita
Astronomers were looking forward to the first high-res X-ray spectra from space, and all they would tell us about the cosmos. But unknown disaster seems to have befallen the Japanese satellite.
NASA’s Aqua satellite, carrying sensors used by researchers to measure mosquito-favoring environmental conditions on Earth.
Satellite imaging can locate mosquito-friendly environments, allowing us to predict the advance of diseases they carry.
To international condemnation and beyond!
Why is it so hard to imagine that North Korea might have perfectly sane reasons for going into space?
Lining up potential pitfalls: nonexperts and computers may misinterpret the vertical line in this image as a natural feature rather than a result of a mosaic compilation of multiple satellite images.
Expert image analysts have an important role to play, even in an age of computer interpretation and crowdsourcing.
The future of space travel?
A prototype solar sailing satellite has just successfully been deployed in orbit, pointing the way to the future of space travel.
Space endeavours require capital. And for most African countries, capital is a limited commodity.
Many do not associate Africa with the high-tech sphere of "space". However, in recent years, many countries on the continent have woken up to the potential and usefulness of space technology.
Progress M27-M will meet the same fate as the European Space Agency’s Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle which broke up on re-entry back in 2008 after a sucesful supply mission to the International Space Station.
NASA/ESA/Bill Moede and Jesse Carpenter
After a failed mission to restock the International Space Station, the Russian Progress M-27M spacecraft is set to burn up as it spins back to Earth.
It’s crowded up there - the many objects tracked in low Earth orbit.
Near-Earth orbits are filled with useful satellites, and also flying junk. If we're not careful they may collide - literally.
An artist’s concept of two NASA Earth-orbiting cube satellites with a typical volume of just one litre (10cm x 10cm x 10cm).
We're already building satellites that can sit in the palm of your hand. But getting them into orbit can be a challneg, and not only for technical reasons.
Not bigger than a loaf of bread.
Earlier this year, the Russian Federal Space Agency received a hand-luggage-sized delivery from the UK. It came with a request to launch the contents aboard a rocket, along with the Russian three-tonne…
Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex has played a major role in exploring space.
Who can forget the hit movie The Dish and Australia’s role in beaming the first live television pictures of man’s first landing on the moon? Well, the filmmakers did play with the truth a bit but it did…
A bit of national pride and a lot of science has sent India to Mars.
Last Tuesday the Indian space agency launched a mission to Mars. Its goal is to place a satellite into orbit around that planet. The probe is currently in Earth orbit (although not quite high enough yet…