Sinkholes on comet 67P could be a great thing for science – but not if they they bury Philae.
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Sinkholes on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko could teach us a lot about the geology and history of the body, but they could also spell the end for Philae.
View from the hotel balcony?
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
The turbocharged capitalism of private space flight is strangely at odds with the brotherly, generous global consensus that built the legal framework for extra-terrestrial travel.
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.
No such thing as a free launch.
The millions we spend on the space industry don't go up in smoke: they pay for jobs, services, new technology and much more.
TshepisoSAT, Africa’s first nano-satellite developed by students and staff at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
Nano-satellites are small and cool enough to inspire youth to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The atmosphere of black holes contain a matter-antimatter plasma.
An exotic plasma could help shed light on why the universe as we know it is made up of more matter than antimatter.
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.
Artist’s view of a watery asteroid heading to a white dwarf star.
The discovery of a white dwarf star with hydrogen and oxygen in its atmosphere suggests water could be planted on stars and planets by bodies like asteroids.
I really hope this is the right flag.
Radiation in space could lead to cognitive decline.
The International Space Station is a multi-nation effort to keep in orbit around Earth.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
In our efforts to keep peace in space we could learn much from the US-Russian relationship on the International Space Station.
The relatively light spacecraft that is now spinning out of control.
Roscosmos Press Service/EPA
Russian space vessel Progress M-27M is falling towards Earth but what risk does it pose?
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.
The Hubble Space Telescope hovers at the boundary of Earth and space.
Twenty-five years on and the Hubble Space Telescope is still taking some amazing images. But there have been a few glitches over the years, right from day one.
Pale Blue Dot – Earth, imaged by Voyager 1 from 6 billion kilometres away.
From a big blue marble to a tiny dot in space -- reflections on our images of Earth.
Star Trek fans were especially drawn to Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock – who showed many that it “was okay to be a nerd, that even in the future not everyone fit in, or needed to.”
Star Trek fans were especially drawn to Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock – who showed many that it "was okay to be a nerd, that even in the future not everyone fit in, or needed to."
At the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society earlier this month, the NASA Kepler Space Telescope team announced its 1,000th discovery of a planet outside our solar system. This brings the…
All systems nominal.
As a headline, “No gas leak on the International Space Station” ranks alongside recent news stories, such as “Mild earthquake in North Texas – no damage reported” and “No-one hurt in bedroom fire”. But…
But giving it a go…
SpaceX is attempting a huge feat in spacecraft engineering. It is seeking to land the first stage of its Falcon 9-R rocket on a floating platform at sea. Normally this would end up at the bottom of the…
Hey Jupiter and Io, I’m on my way to Pluto.
There is no doubt that 2014 was a fantastic year for planetary sciences – the high points were the successful landing of Philae on comet 67P, the discovery of methane by the Curiosity rover on Mars and…
The story of two people who fall in love.
The Theory of Everything is a film about two people who meet at university and fall in love. But what makes it remarkable is that one of them is Professor Stephen Hawking and that when he and Jane Wilde…