A new trajectory means the mission to uncover core facts about the asteroid belt will happen sooner than planned.
Olympus Mons, biggest volcano in the Solar System.
They erupted for billions of years and make Earth's volcanoes look like molehills. Here's what we know and what we don't know about them.
Melissa Little (right) and Minoru Takasato (centre) from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute won the 2016 UNSW Eureka Prize for Scientific Research for work on growing kidney tissue from stem cells.
The pioneers of Australian scientific research, education and communication have been recognised in the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
The village of Agoudal in Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains is home to a rare treasure.
High in the mountains of Morocco, scientists have discovered something remarkable and rare: a spot that was struck by two meteorites, possibly millions of years apart.
The early Earth may have been shaped by asteroid bombardment.
The discovery of the second oldest known asteroid impact site in the world can give us tantalising hints of the Earth's early crust.
Fallen star sword.
Daniella Comelli/University of Pisa
Research has confirmed a knife found in the ancient Egyptian pharaoh's tomb was made with metal from the heavens.
Those tiny streaks sometimes land, and they can tell us a lot about the sky.
Hunting for meteorites in the vast Pilbara is hard work, but even a tiny speck can tell us a great deal about the sky billions of years ago.
The destructive meteor trace that fell on Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013.
A meteoriticist takes a look at the evidence surrounding a tragic death – and gives her verdict on whether it was caused by a meteorite.
The November 27 fireball as photographed by the Desert Fireball Network observatory at William Creek, South Australia.
Desert Fireball Network
It's no easy task to find a meteorite that's just been seen flashing across the sky. But it helps if you have an automatic network of "eyes" on the night sky.
The early solar system was once a turbulent place.
The early solar system was a busy place with plenty of meteorite impacts on the new planets and moons. But finding evidence of such impacts on Earth can be tricky.
Our solar system is far from empty. A rogue asteroid or comet may have been responsible for the largest impact site yet discovered in Warburton in central Australia.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The largest meteorite impact site in the world may be right here in central Australia.
Aboriginal stories dating back many thousands of years talk of a fire from the sky in an area now home to the Henbury meteorite craters, in the Northern Territory.
We can learn much about meteor strikes in ancient Australia by examining the oral traditions of indigenous people.
A bright fireball over the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, ALMA, in Chile, marks the fiery death of a small grain of space debris, high in the atmosphere.
Meteors have been seen since people first looked at the night sky. They are comprised of small pieces of debris, typically no larger than a grain of dust or sand, which continually crash into the Earth’s…
A group of excited observers during a peak of the Geminids meteor shower.
Watching meteors in the night sky can be fun, although typically you only see a few flashes an hour. But there are certain times of the year when you can see many more – events known as meteor showers…
Along with pictures and samples from Mars’ surface, meteorites provide great insight into the planet’s geological history.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre
Our interest in our near-neighbour Mars – the hope of finding life there, or of possibly colonising it in the future – has driven several orbiting missions to the planet. These produced very detailed maps…
Search for glass beads to reveal the past.
Meteorite impacts can be very destructive. One that fell in Mexico around 66m years ago created a 180km crater and caused…
The trail of a meteor that caused some harm, but mostly helped humanity understand the meteorite strikes on Earth.
The asteroid impact that burst over Chelyabinsk, Russia, on the morning of February 15 has provided a huge collection of new data that scientists have been analysing since. This week, three papers, two…
Analysis of fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite shows it either collided with another body before hitting the atmosphere…
Researchers have shown that ancient Egyptian iron beads excavated in 1911 were hammered from pieces of meteorites, rather…