German rocket flies into space and drops back to earth

German rocket flies into space and drops back to earth

The German Aerospace Center has released footage of an unmanned scientific rocket taking a minutes-long trip into the universe, and back down to Earth. (DLR)  

Tuesday, 28 July, 2015, 2:33pm

Soyuz rocket launches towards International Space Station after delay

Soyuz rocket launches towards International Space Station after delay

Three astronauts aboard a Soyuz spacecraft successfully launched towards the International Space Station on Thursday after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure.(Photo: EPA) 

23 Jul 2015 - 12:08pm

China makes its own mark in space with Shenzhou-10

The Long March 2-F rocket loaded with Shenzhou-10 manned spacecraft lifts off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. Photo: Reuters

The successful launch of Shenzhou-10 last week pushed China over a psychological hump that has confronted every nation's space programme, as it moves from nervous risk-taker to sure-footed explorer.

16 Jun 2013 - 7:21am 1 comment

Smartphones answer Nasa's higher calling

A satellite made up of three smartphones during a high-altitude balloon test earlier this year. Photo: Nasa Ames Research Centre

The US space agency for Nasa is known for going big: big missions, big rockets, big budgets. But nestled in California's Silicon Valley is one Nasa unit headed in the opposite direction. Its latest mission is tiny but has led to big expectations for the Small Satellite Technology Programme.

14 Jun 2013 - 3:48am

Radiation on Mars trip near lifetime limit

Astronauts are hit with gamma rays and solar flares. Photo: AP

Astronauts who travel on future missions to Mars would likely be exposed to their lifetime limit of radiation during the trip, not to mention time spent on the Red Planet, scientists said.

2 Jun 2013 - 2:44am

Dark, sticky QE2 asteroid to pass by Earth on June 1

Huge asteroid will miss earth … by a few million kilometres

It is 2.7 kilometres long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it hit Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby.

20 May 2013 - 6:44am

First music video recorded in space? Brought to you by our favourite tweeting astronaut

CSA (Canadian Space Agency) astronaut Chris Hadfield performs aboard the International Space Station a revised version of David Bowie's song Space Oddity. Photo: EPA

Commander Chris Hadfield leaves the International Space Station after five months with a fitting tribute

14 May 2013 - 1:01pm

Space plays a growing role in US-China security talks

China's Long March 2F carrier rockets at a space exhibition in Hebei Museum in Shijiazhuang. Space is playing an increasing role in security talks between the US and China. Photo: Xinhua

Space is playing an increasing role in security talks between the United States and China, although no formal dialogue dedicated to space security has begun, a senior US State Department official said on Thursday.

12 Apr 2013 - 9:59am

What happens when you cry at zero gravity, and answers to other questions about living in space

What happens when you cry at zero gravity, and answers to other questions about living in space

In his latest dispatch from the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shows us what happens when you feel like you just need to let it all out.

10 Apr 2013 - 5:52pm

Nasa lays out wild plan to corral asteroid

Nasa lays out a plan to launch an unmanned spacecraft on a mission to 'capture' a small asteroid and drag it near the moon, where astronauts can visit it.

Obama administration officials said the operation had the potential to jump-start a human exploration programme that had floundered since the 2011 retirement of the space shuttle. The White House will include US$105 million to begin work on the project in its 2014 budget.

7 Apr 2013 - 6:08am

35 years after launch, Voyager 1 still in earth's solar system

An artist's image of what Nasa's Voyager 1 might see on its trip.

The Voyager 1 probe was fired into space to observe the outer planets and the mysterious interstellar medium that lies beyond the solar system on September 5, 1977, as Elvis was topping the charts with Way Down.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:43am

China targets 15 pc of satellite launch market

The Long March 2C rocket carrying two satellites blasts off in Taiyuan, Shanxi, last year. China wants to boosts its share of the satellite launching business. Photo: Xinhua

China is looking to increase its share of the global commercial satellite launching business, targeting a 15 per cent share by 2020.

China has just 3 per cent of the market now, but the goal laid out on Saturday by a leading space programme official points to its ambitions to be a major player in space.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:52pm

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield becomes a social media superstar

Beijing's Tiananmen Square (above) still bright with echoes of the Lunar New Year celebrations. Photo: AFP/Chris Hadfield/NASA

The 53-year-old may have been the country's most experienced astronaut, the first Canadian to walk in space and a veteran of two Shuttle missions, but few people would have stopped him in the street to ask for an autograph.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:35am

Wary earthlings watch sky in meteor's wake

This eight-metre hole in the ice of a lake near Chebarkul, Russia is reportedly where a meteorite came down on Friday. Photo: EPA

Scientists at the US space agency Nasa estimated that the amount of energy released in the atmosphere above the Chelyabinsk region in the Ural Mountains was about 30 times greater than the force of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima during the second world war.

17 Feb 2013 - 5:53am

You are here: a little perspective for a Monday morning

via I f**king love science

A dose of space, and Carl Sagan to cure your Monday morning blues.

18 Feb 2013 - 10:39pm 2 comments