We already know about four tiny moons that orbit Pluto (top of illustration) and its large moon Charon in a chaotic fashion. They follow roughly circular paths but wobble and tumble erratically as they pass close to the two larger bodies. Illustration: Nasa/SETI Institute via the New York Times

An astrodynamical miracle is happening in the sky above. Our ability to launch a space probe from the revolving Earth to reach a moving target bill(...)

The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photograph: Mike Brown/Reuters

A rocket which exploded shortly after takeoff on Sunday in Florida was the third loss of a cargo ship headed to the International Space Station in the(...)

Fisher Space Bullet with Stylus

Fisher Space Bullet with Stylus The legend has it that whereas America spent millions developing a pen to work in space’s low gravity, the Russia(...)

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is now the new record-holder for the single longest space flight by a woman, eclipsing Nasa’s Sunita William’s 195-day flight in 2006-2007. Photograph: EPA

A three-person crew from the International Space Station (ISS) has landed safely in Kazakhstan after a longer than expected orbital stint. Nasa(...)

By 2030, futurologist Dr Sohail Inayatullah says half of our meals will come from 3D printing. Photograph: Getty Images 3:00

By 2030 half of all our meals will be produced through 3D printing, most homes will generate their own electricity and mankind will on its first one-w(...)

Temperature buoy, Nantucket Sound. Once recordings are adjusted  to compensate for  problems in the way   temperatures were measured, a perceived global warming slowdown largely disappears. Photograph: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via The New York Times

Global warming has not undergone a “pause” or “hiatus”, according to US government research that undermines one of the key arguments used by scepti(...)

Fifa director of communications Walter De Gregorio: “This for Fifa is good. It’s not good in terms of image, it’s not good in terms of reputation, but in terms of cleaning up, everything we did in the last four years, this is good.” Photograph: Ennio Leanza/Keystone
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Image of the week: Fifa’s “good” times Looking much like a goalie preparing for a penalty shoot-out, Fifa director of communications Walter De Gregori(...)

Residents look for their belongings among the rubble of their destroyed homes in Nepal after the recent earthquake. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

After a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal at 11.56am on Saturday, April 25th, an army of volunteers mobilised and worked around the clock as part of (...)

Amie with an ie is mid-story when I arrive. I’m standing at the bor, listening in. She’s talking about the time she went to Tesco to do the weekly gro(...)

A Russian Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle carrying the Progress M-27M cargo ship lifts off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan,  April 28th, 2015. Photograph: Roscosmos /EPA 0:32

Top Russian space officials convened on Wednesday amid reports that they had lost control of an unmanned resupply spacecraft heading to the Internatio(...)