US & Canada

'Truth is out there': US funded secret UFO programme

Department of Defense confirms it spent $22m a year from 2007 to 2012 to investigate unidentified flying objects.

US government admits funding secret UFO programme

Science & Technology

Ross 128 b: Nearby earth-like planet could support alien life

Ross 128 b is the second-closest planet to be detected outside the solar system with surface temperatures potentially similar to ours.

Space

Six scientists in a pod: 17 days on a simulated space mission

Six scientists are spending the next 17 days locked inside a pod in the Russian capital, Moscow, in an experiment that tests the psychological effects of a mission into deep space.

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

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

Asia Pacific

Launch of China's heavy-lift carrier rocket fails

Rocket carrying 7.5-tonne experimental satellite was to help Beijing launch a lunar probe later this year.

Launch of China's Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket fails

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.

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.

Science & Technology

China launches first cargo spacecraft

The Tianzhou-1 spacecraft successfully enters orbit taking the country a step closer to building its own space station.

China launches its first unmanned cargo spacecraft

Space

Why space junk is now a 'serious threat'

About 750,000 small discarded objects with explosive force believed to be flying in space in addition to large items.

Experts gather in Germany to debate space debris threat

Science & Technology

Black hole hunters pleased with first attempt

Scientists around the world are working to capture an elusive image of a black hole for the first time ever.

Science & Technology

SpaceX makes history by re-using rocket

The American aerospace company's success marks an important step towards making space travel cheaper.

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

First tourist trip around the moon planned for 2018

SpaceX has announced it plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year.