Actress Yulia Peresild waving during the boarding to the Russia’s Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft, before blasting off to the ISS. Photograph: Andrey Shelepin/Russian Space Agency Roscosmos/AFP/ Getty Images

A Russian actress and director have rocketed into space on a mission to make the world’s first movie in orbit, a project the Kremlin said will help bu(...)

JAXA staff member carrying the capsule, which contains samples from an asteroid, after it landed in the state of south Australia. Photograph: JAXA / EPA

Japan has retrieved a capsule of asteroid dust from Australia’s remote outback after a six-year mission that may help uncover more about the origins (...)

A  computer-generated image of the separation of a capsule (L) from the space probe Hayabusa2 (R). The capsule containing samples collected from the asteroid Ryugu is scheduled to re-enter the atmosphere and land in Australia Photograph:JAXA handout /EPA

Japan’s space agency says the Hayabusa2 spacecraft has separated a capsule and sent it towards Earth to deliver samples from a distant asteroid that c(...)

The Ariane 5 rocket carrying the BepiColombo spacecraft lifts off from its launch pad at Kourou in French Guiana in the early hours of Saturday. Photograph: JM Guillon/2018 ESA-CNES-Arianespace via AP.

A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to examine the solar system’s smallest and least-explored planet(...)

Aina Andreu, from Barcelona, looking at the stars during the Global Star Count in Orion at Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork. CIT Blackrock Castle will host an open night where you can learn about Martian exploration and, if weather permits, there will be stargazing during Space Week 2018. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Is there life on other planets? How is the space industry changing? And how can we all gain a deeper understanding of the shared heritage that is spac(...)

Japan’s small rovers MINERVA-II1, Rover-1A  and Rover-1B, which became the first robots to land on a moving asteroid. Photograph: EPA

Two robots from Japan’s space agency have landed on a moving asteroid and begun a survey as part of a mission aimed at shedding light on the origins o(...)

Humanoid communication robot Kirobo shakes hands with Tomotaka Takahashi, chief executive  of Robo Garage  and project associate professor during its unveiling in Tokyo in June. Photograph: Reuters

Kirobo, a knee-high talking robot with red boots and a black and white body, has blasted off from Japan for the International Space Station to test ho(...)