Inflatable space habitats, like the one installed on the International Space Station this week, could see wide application in space and planetary exploration.
We're on the cusp of being able to consistently launch and land rockets, greatly reducing the cost of space travel. But how long before there's a Millennium Falcon in every garage?
Soviet space station Mir hosted astronauts from a significant number of countries – laying the foundation for the ISS. But how long will this collaborative spirit last?
We should honour the dead by striving to go further.
Dawn's mission director and chief engineer describes his 'dream come true' job – and how the new data coming back from Ceres could unlock some of the secrets of the earliest days of our solar system.
No Star Wars movie would be complete without the Universe's two favourite droids. But now the race is on to turn them into fact.
Think our Sun's big? Prepare to be dazzled by the real galactic heavyweights.
What does it feel like to prepare for a journey to space? Space scientist Monica Grady followed astronaut Tim Peake around for a few days before his launch to find out.
New research shows that bacteria is thriving on the ISS. But is that really such a bad thing?
NASA has set a target date of 2030 for a manned mission to Mars. With no real scientific breakthroughs needed, success depends on developing the proper technology.
Now that we have discovered liquid water on the surface of Mars, what does this mean for the prospects of finding life there, past or present?
A giant golden mirror is on the brink of opening up a glimpse of the very first galaxies to be formed.
New research provides a compact but powerful way for Mars rovers to communicate directly with Earth via an array of smaller antenna elements, bypassing the need for an intermediary.
The House proposes slashing funding for earth science from NASA's budget, yet this science is critical to understanding – and coping with – the dramatic effects of a warming Arctic around the world.
Mining in space is no longer science fiction. But could it end wars over resources, as Neil deGrasse Tyson has suggested?
Space scientists have a busy decade ahead with plans to visit Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and other interplanetary bodies all on the cards.
In the long lead-up to our ultimate flyby of Pluto, space science has reconfigured our notions of what it means to be a solar system, a planet, a world.
Photos from the spacecraft's close approach are dazzling. They and other data from the mission will fill in some of the blanks about Pluto and provide a snapshot of the infant solar system.
What can the data from New Horizons tell us about the dwarf planet's five moons?
Lack of impact craters intrigues space experts who say it suggests the dwarf planet may be geologically active.