Find out what happens when a spacecraft manages to break through the atmosphere
Is it possible for a spacecraft to be self-sustaining?
A craft with this ability would need to rely on plant life being able to flourish in space
New Horizons Update: Spacecraft takes inside course for Ultima Thule rendezvous
With no apparent hazards in its way, NASA’s mission has been given a “go” to stay on its optimal path to the Kuiper Belt Object
How are pulsars used to identify our position in space?
Read on to find out how these beacons of electromagnetic radiation act like GPS satellites
Can astronauts land on a comet?
Sophie Allan at the National Space Centre looks at whether astronauts can land on the surface of comets – our Solar System’s travelling space snowballs
Kepler retires from exoplanet-hunting duties
The space telescope has ran out of the fuel needed to advance on its already-impressive nine years of service
Liquid water ‘lake’ found on Mars
Radar data points to a pond buried under layers of ice and dust in the south polar region of the Red Planet
Jupiter moon’s ‘radiation shower’ could help in hunt for life
New comprehensive mapping of the radiation pummelling icy Europa reveals where scientists should look
New Horizons Update: New global maps of Pluto and Charon released
Now, thanks to the efforts of the team behind the spacecraft, the first official validated topographical maps published and are available to all
Complex molecules found on Saturn’s Enceladus, requirements for life met
Using mass spectrometry data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, scientists found that large, carbon-rich organic molecules are ejected from cracks in the icy surface of the moon
Why do spacecraft need heat shields to enter Earth but not to leave it?
The science of re-entry explained
Voyager 1 fires up its thrusters for the first time in almost 40 years
NASA’s farthest and fastest spacecraft is the only human-made object that has reached beyond the comfort of our Solar System
Enceladus’ ‘loose’ core heats up subsurface ocean
This study explains a number of key characteristics of the icy moon that was observed by the Cassini spacecraft
New Mars 2020 rover will include twenty-three cameras
This will bring a new perspective to landing, navigating around and studying the surface of the Red Planet
Jupiter’s ‘light show’ found to pulsate at its poles
By observing the X-ray emissions from the Jovian planet, scientists speculate that the planet’s magnetic field could be causing unusual aurora
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Juno Update: Spacecraft captures Jupiter’s Great Red Spot up close
The new shots of the gas giant’s famous feature reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval
Cassini finds ‘surprisingly empty’ gap in Saturn’s ring
As the spacecraft plunges through the gap between the gas giant and its rings, mission members are shocked by the latest finding
Cassini spacecraft captures Earth-Moon system through Saturn’s rings
A new image from the NASA mission shows our planet as a point of light
LISA Pathfinder to be used as ‘comet crumb’ detector
The mission has successfully demonstrated critical technologies needed to build a space-based observatory capable of detecting slight ripples in space-time