A photo provided by NASA of composite image of Mars. Photograph: NASA/The New York Times

Big hugs, fist bumps and broad smiles at mission control greeted confirmation that the Nasa probe InSight successfully landed on Mars – just before 8 (...)

Voyager mission in outer space

Nasa has succeeded in an engine test on a spacecraft 13 billion miles away. Last week, ground controllers sent commands to fire back-up thrusters on (...)

Daybreak at Gale Crater

Mars and Earth share various common traits. Both are terrestrial planets that formed in similar ways. The composition of each is comparable too, up to(...)

Nasa/JPL-Caltech handout shows an artist’s conception of one possible appearance of the nearest rocky exoplanet found to date outside our solar system. Image: AFP/Getty Images

Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside the solar system. Using Nasa’s Spitzer Space Telescope astronomers were a(...)

Have you ever wondered about the mountains on Mars? The expansive seas? The huge craters, the canals or the volcanos? Many of us caught our first g(...)

A high altitude balloon is released to launch a saucer-shaped test vehicle, which holds equipment for landing large payloads on Mars, at the US. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

A helium balloon carrying an experimental saucer-shaped NASA spacecraft floated off a launch tower at the US Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility in(...)

Penny Ice Cap outlet glacier on Baffin Island which shows ‘rivers’ of ice as they flow towards the sea. Photograph:  Michael Studinger/Nasa

What’s with all the talk about ice melting at the poles and rising sea levels? Is there something new going on? It all has to do with melting glaciers(...)

Comet ISON is pictured in this November 19th, 2013 handout photo by NASA, taken using a 14-inch telescope located at the Marshall Space Flight Center with a three-minue exposure.

It’s crunch time for a comet from the fringes of the solar system as it hurtles toward a close encounter with the sizzling sun.Comet Ison is expected (...)