Gilt-edged. The James Webb telescope steps up the search.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
A giant golden mirror is on the brink of opening up a glimpse of the very first galaxies to be formed.
Jean Paul Santos with the finished 4x4 sub-array antenna assembly that may help rovers talk directly with Earth.
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.
Astronaut Cady Coleman harvests one of our plants on Space Shuttle Columbia.
Plants on the International Space Station must figure out how to grow in a completely novel environment. Their adaptability hints at how they'll react to changes here on Earth – or in future space outposts.
Concept design of a lunar base that could be made with 3D printing.
ESA/Foster + Partners
Imagine if you could build a home on the moon out of moon dust. That just one of the possibilities being explored for 3D printing.
We got you, Pluto!
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.
Political tensions between Russia and the USA along with new players in the space industry could change the future of space collaboration.
Pluto’s enigmatic companion Charon.
What can the data from New Horizons tell us about the dwarf planet's five moons?
It’s all happening! New Horizons’ science team members react to crisp shots of Pluto.
New Horizons mission members have worked on the project for even longer than it's taken the spacecraft to get to Pluto. They've planned, built and researched – and now their efforts are paying off.
Preparation of Mariner 4 before its fly-by of Mars, exactly 50 years ago.
Exactly half a century ago the US Mariner 4 made the first flyby of Mars. But why are we still doing flybys today?
Artist’s impression Pluto and it’s largest satellite Charon. Is this how the dwarf planet will look as New Horizons swings past?
Pluto is one of the most enigmatic objects in our solar system, and its secrets are soon to be uncovered by the New Horizons probe.
An artist’s concept of a plume of water vapour thought to be ejected off the surface of Europa. Could life be beneath?
Jupiter's moon Europa is one of the most enticing objects in our solar system, and a future NASA mission may help reveal whether it is a suitable for life.
Artist’s impression of New Horizons approaching Pluto and its moons.
Will the best ever images of Pluto reveal something that presents a case for planethood?
The Falcon 9 firmly rooted to the ground, for now.
The recent failure of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket presents something of a dilemma for NASA, which still has no domestic launch capability of its own to reach the International Space Station.
What mysteries lie beneath your icy crust, Europa?
NASA has now formally started to pack its bags for the next big discovery mission, this time heading to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. Last month NASA announced the instruments that will fly on this trip and…
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.
An artist’s impression: MESSENGER flying over a colourful Mercury.
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
It was the first probe to find water on Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. Its mission nearly over, MESSENGER is about to crash into the planet it's been observing.
Come in MESSENGER, your time is up.
NASA/JHU APL/Carnegie Institution of Washington
After ten years in space NASA probe will get up close and personal with Mercury a final time.
Cratered surface of Ceres in colour.
Approaching Ceres, the Dawn spacecraft reveals the dwarf planet in colour for the first time.
What is the bright spot of Ceres? Not long till we find out.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft hasn't reached optimum orbit around Ceres but the data it's returning has already got scientists excited.
Alexey Leonov steps into space for the first time.
Leningrad Popular Science Film Studio
The first space walk was almost a disaster, and it's still risky today. But we'll always need to take those steps to truly reap the benefits beyond Earth.