Australia

Space lasers to blast orbiting rubbish

While the Australian team's plan is less like science fiction when they say the lasers will not vaporise the space debris, but move it into different orbits, it is still, as they put it, 'rather cool'.

Science & Technology

Soyuz rocket failure caused by 'damaged sensor'

The Soyuz rocket failure was caused by a sensor that was damaged during assembly, according to official investigation.

Soyuz rocket failure caused by damaged sensor, says Russia

Science & Technology

Mars 'likely to have enough oxygen' to support life

Study on oxygen content in salty water 'revolutionises' understanding of potential for life on Mars, says scientists.

Mars likely to have enough oxygen to support life: study

Europe

Scientists launch BepiColombo spacecraft to explore Mercury

In seven years, the BepiColombo unmanned spacecraft will reach Mercury, the nearest planet to the sun.

Asia

China to launch 'artificial moon' to illuminate city streets

The man-made moon to be launched by 2020 as Beijing hopes to use 'illumination satellites' to light up city streets.

China to launch 'artificial moon' to illuminate city streets

Kazakhstan

Soyuz crew in lucky escape after mid-air rocket failure

The space travellers landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan after a Russian booster rocket failed.

Europe

Scientists in Italy set out to discover 'dark matter'

If they're successful, physicists will be able to identify invisible objects in the universe.

Space

Moon missions in five years: Bezos' Blue Origin sets sights high

Lunar lander, which is still in conceptual design phase, aims to provide reusable access to the moon's surface.

Moon missions in five years: Bezos' Blue Origin sets sights high

Thailand

Thai cave diver sues Elon Musk over 'pedo' remark

Tesla CEO sued for defamation after calling British diver who helped rescue a Thai football team a pedophile on Twitter.

Thai cave diver sues Tesla's Elon Musk for defamation

Space

Scientists find ice on moon, raising possibility for lunar base

Using NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper, researchers determined ice is present in craters on the poles.

Scientists find ice on moon, raising possibility for lunar base

Space

India plans to launch first manned space mission by 2022

In a speech marking Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says 'India will unfurl the tricolor in space' soon.

India plans to launch first manned space mission by 2022

Inside Story

Is the US looking for war in space?

Washington has announced the creation of a new armed space force by 2020.

Space

NASA probe blasts off to study sun at close range

Parker Solar Probe is the fastest spacecraft ever flying 700,000kph and will conduct unprecedented research on the star.

Weather

Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century turns moon blood red

The reddish appearance of the lunar surface is due to rays of sunlight passing through Earth's atmosphere.

Longest lunar eclipse of 21st century turns moon blood red

Science & Technology

Underground lake with liquid salt water found on Mars

Finding liquid water on the red planet is seen as one of the most important aspects for life on Mars.