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Japan's USD 270 million craft makes second touchdown on distant asteroid

The successful touchdown was greeted with cheering and applause in the JAXA mission control room, with officials grinning and shaking hands.

11 Jul 2019 11:06 AM

Scientists spot solar system’s farthest known object

“Farout” is about 120 astronomical units away — that’s 120 times the distance between Earth and the sun, or 11 billion miles.

18 Dec 2018 12:47 PM

New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars

In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia.

26 Nov 2018 2:23 PM

NASA probe beams back image of Jupiter's moon Io

Slightly larger than Earth's moon, Io is the most volcanically active world in the solar system.

19 Nov 2018 2:07 PM

Have astronomers found 1st moon outside our solar system?

Two Columbia University researchers presented their tantalising evidence for a moon.

04 Oct 2018 9:38 AM


NASA’s Parker Solar Probe swinging by Venus on way to sun

The flyby is the first of seven that will draw Parker ever closer to the sun.

03 Oct 2018 9:28 AM

Scrawny dwarf planet, named Goblin, found well beyond Pluto

A scrawny dwarf planet nicknamed the Goblin has been discovered well beyond Pluto.

03 Oct 2018 9:22 AM

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

An unmanned spacecraft released two Minerva-II-1 rovers on the asteroid Ryugu in an effort to get clues to the origin of the solar system.

21 Sep 2018 7:53 PM

NASA spacecraft approaches asteroid, snaps first pic

The spacecraft is designed to circle Bennu, and reach out with a robotic arm to

26 Aug 2018 8:26 AM

Ten newly found moons of Jupiter include a 'wrong-way driver'

A research team in Washington has identified 12 small Jovian moons, including the 10 described here.

18 Jul 2018 8:54 AM


Kepler Telescope almost out of fuel, goes in to hibernation

Kepler will remain asleep before scientists switch it on for one last time to point it towards the Earth for sending data.

10 Jul 2018 7:51 AM

Rooftop solar systems could help reduce power bills, says study

Residents buying power from community rooftop solar photo voltaic plant, could also save up to 35 per cent of their electricity bills.

03 Jul 2018 8:19 PM

Oldest object in the solar system could be 'Alien asteroid'

The asteroid, called (514107) 2015 BZ509 or “BZ” for short, measures nearly 2 miles (3km) wide.

22 May 2018 8:14 PM

Solar system's first interstellar immigrant discovered

All of the planets in our solar system, and the vast majority of other objects as well, travel around the Sun in the same direction.

22 May 2018 12:37 PM

Jupiter-like exoplanet discovered by amateur astronomer

Due to such proximity to the star, the temperature of the atmosphere KPS-1b is much higher than that of Jupiter.

20 May 2018 3:13 PM


Atmospheric seasons could signal alien life

It's a tricky business, since biosignatures based on single measurements of atmospheric gases could be misleading.

10 May 2018 8:41 PM

NASA Tess spacecraft to prowl for planets as galactic scout

Scheduled for an April 2018 launch, the spacecraft will prowl for planets around the closest, brightest stars.

13 Apr 2018 1:38 PM

Most distant star ever detected sits halfway across the universe

The star spotted in this study is formally named MACS J1149+2223 Lensed Star-1.

03 Apr 2018 8:35 AM

NASA planning to test deep space atomic clock

NASA is gearing up to launch an atomic clock into space, which will help the space agency understand methods.

08 Feb 2018 4:32 PM

There's a "super blue blood Moon' on the rise

The blood red colour happens when the Earth enters between the Moon and the Sun, cutting off light rays that brighten the lunar surface.

31 Jan 2018 5:46 PM