SpaceX Christmas delivery arrives at International Space Station

  The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft approaches the robotic arm (Nasa TV/AP) A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies has arrived at the International Space Station – after a slight delay caused by a communication drop-out. The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape…

Astronauts arrive safely on International Space Station

  Soyuz took off from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just after 11.31am GMT (NASA/PA) The latest batch of astronauts to take up residence on board the International Space Station (ISS) have arrived safely following a six-hour flight. Astronauts Anne McClain from American space agency NASA, David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Space…

Astronauts blast off to ISS less than two months after failed launch

Astronauts have blasted off to the International Space Station (ISS) less than two months after the previous Soyuz mission failed. Astronauts Anne McClain from American space agency NASA, David Saint-Jacques from the Canadian Space Agency and Oleg Kononenko of the Russian space agency Roscosmos left aboard the Russian spacecraft from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan just…

NASA employees celebrate InSight Mars probe landing with elaborate handshake!

NASA's latest probe, InSight, made a successful landing on the red planet on Monday afternoon, triggering delighted celebrations across the globe. When the announcement was made that InSight had landed and the mission was a success, NASA employees were obviously thrilled, with two mission controllers launching into an impressive handshake to celebrate. The uplifting moment…

InSight Mars probe sends selfie back to Earth

NASA has released the first image of the spacecraft InSight from the surface of Mars, after it successfully reached the planet after almost seven months travelling through space. The Mars Odyssey orbiter relayed images of the spacecraft from its landing site, known as Elysium Planitia, at 1.30am GMT. The US space agency tweeted one photograph, showing part…

BAE Systems to provide technology to track space missions at Goonhilly

BAE Systems has announced today (July 17th, 2018) it will supply deep space technology which will allow Goonhilly Earth Station (GES) to communicate with unmanned and robotic missions to the Moon and Mars. The partnership – announced at the Farnborough International Airshow – will involve close working on the current deep space programme with the…

NASA to troubleshoot a dodgy computer on another planet

Remember the Opportunity rover that NASA sent to Mars way back in 2004? It is still going, despite only having a projected lifespan of three months - but it is getting forgetful in its old age. According to Discovery News the rover has developed a problem with its "non-volatile memory" - or the on board…

WATCH: NASA “All About That Space” music video

How do you reach young people to tell them about the latest developments on the Orion space programme? No, don't show them the wonders of science and engineering - give them pop music instead. NASA employees have re-imagined Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” and shot the above music video, showing what the space nerds…

NASA launches free sound library of iconic recordings

Many of us can probably remember where we were when Neil Armstrong took that one small step for a man back in July of 1969. For those of you who weren't around back then, you can now listen to Armstrong uttering those historic words thanks to NASA's new dedicated Soundcloud account. The BBC reports that…