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Space

Defunct Chinese space station set to crash on Earth

Abandoned Chinese space station expected to hit Earth's atmosphere within hours after contact lost in 2016.

China's Tiangong-1 space station set to crash on Earth

Space

Astronomers discover 'impossible' galaxy without dark matter

The observation raises questions on how galaxies are formed in the first place.

Astronomers discover 'impossible' galaxy without dark matter

Science & Technology

Elon Musk: Rocket core's ocean crash for blooper reel

Centre core of Falcon Heavy rocket hit water at 480 km/h and took out two engines of ocean landing pad, Musk says.

Space

Space exploration 'pioneer' John Young dies aged 87

Young landed on the moon in 1972 and was the commander of the first space shuttle flight.

US astronaut John Young dies aged 87

Weather

El Nino contributes to new high in CO2 levels

NASA study confirms El Nino's affect on climate change, adding to the impacts of human activities.

El Nino contributes to new high in CO2 levels

Science & Technology

NASA crew complete 8-month simulated voyage to Mars

Research group emerges from isolation in Hawaii as part of study on psychological impacts of long-term space travel.

A simulated voyage to Mars: Crew emerges from isolation

Science & Technology

Fiery end to Cassini's Saturn mission

Launched 20 years ago to circle Saturn, spacecraft runs out of fuel as expected after journey of 7.9 billion kilometres.

NASA

Goodbye, Cassini

The only spacecraft ever to orbit Saturn has dived into the gas giant, ending its 20-year-long mission.

Goodbye, Cassini

Science & Technology

One giant leap that changed mankind

The astronauts in Apollo 11 were the first humans that set foot on the Moon. This is how their journey changed humanity.

One giant leap that changed mankind

Science & Technology

'Not alone': NASA finds 10 planets that could have life

Space telescope finds 10 new planets outside our solar system that could potentially have liquid water and support life.

Ramadan 2018

Look up, the moon tells you which day of Ramadan it is

See what the moon looks like today, based on scientific calculations using NASA pictures.

Look up, the moon tells you which day of Ramadan it is

Science & Technology

NASA's Cassini poised to dive beneath Saturn's rings

The dives will also be the unmanned spacecraft's swansong as its mission will end in a 'death plunge' in September 2017.

Opinion

Why discovering new Earth-like planets matters

Seven years ago, no one - even an astronomer - could tell you whether any planets that might be like Earth existed.

Lucianne Walkowicz

by Lucianne Walkowicz

Lucianne Walkowicz

Science & Technology

Seven new Earth-like planets 'best bet' for life

NASA official says discovery gives hint that finding a second Earth is 'just a matter' of time.

Space

US astronaut John Glenn dies at 95

Glenn was credited with reviving US pride after the Soviet Union's early domination of manned space exploration.