SpaceX boss offers plan for private colonization of Mars

SpaceX chief Elon Musk offered a detailed description Tuesday of his company's plans to begin private missions to eventually transport colonists to live on Mars.

NASA prepared to launch first probe to an asteroid

The US space agency is poised to launch a probe to the long-watched asteroid Bennu, which astronomers say could menace future generations on Earth.

NASA probe gets close-up look at Jupiter, sends back data and images

NASA's Juno spacecraft on Saturday flew closer to Jupiter than any other space probe has flown before and began sending back data and images of the giant of the solar system, the US space agency...

On spacewalk, US astronauts install ISS "parking spot"

Two US astronauts rolled out a space-age welcome mat on the International Space Station (ISS) Friday, when they installed the first of two new docking adaptors that will allow private space...

NASA sends DNA sequencer to space in quest for extraterrestrial life

NASA sent DNA sequencing instruments into space for the first time Monday, taking the search for extraterrestrial life straight to the source.

"Now the fun" and science begins, as Juno begins probe of Jupiter

A five-year journey to gather clues about the formation of the solar system took a giant step forward Tuesday when a US spacecraft successfully entered orbit around Jupiter, NASA confirmed.

NASA: Sand dunes on Mars reveal clues about its atmosphere

Ripples found on the sand dunes of Mars, often much larger than those found on similar dunes on Earth, reveal that the red planet's atmosphere is thinner than it once was, NASA said Thursday.

NASA rocket clears key hurdle on path to Mars

NASA successfully tested a rocket booster Tuesday that it hopes will one day help carry astronauts to Mars.

After almost one year in space, US astronaut returns to Earth

US astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth on Wednesday after setting a US record by spending nearly a year in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Massive meteorite burns up over the Atlantic - almost unnoticed

The largest space rock since the dramatic impact of a meteorite over Russia's Chelyabinsk two years ago burned up over the Atlantic almost unnoticed on February 6, reports said Wednesday.

SpaceX launches satellite but fails to land reusable rocket

Private space-launch company SpaceX carried a scientific satellite into orbit Sunday but failed again in an attempt to land the rocket undamaged for reuse on future missions.

NASA awards space station cargo contracts to three companies

NASA has awarded contracts to three companies to deliver cargo to the orbiting International Space Station (ISS), the US space agency said Thursday.