New Articles Waving and drowning: Nigel Farage’s local council success will not carry through to the next general election

Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

Studies carried out by Nasa's Curiosity Rover have for the first time revealed the existence of a type of sedimentary rock known as mudstone which is likely to have been created by a large body of standing water that had existed for at least many thousands of years

No canals on Mars but scientists discover strongest evidence yet planet was once habitable capable of supporting life

Red Planet had at least one large freshwater lake with right sort of chemical make-up to support kind of mineral-eating microbes seen on Earth

A model of the Chinese solar-powered lunar rover Jade Rabbit

In the footsteps of the US: Why next man on Moon will be Chinese

Since the US shelved its space programme in the aftermath of the 2008 crash, China has forged ahead, says Steve Connor

Black Beauty rock is ‘oldest chunk of Mars’ ever found on earth, scientists say

New research shows distinctive rock is more than twice as old as previously thought – and could expose signs of ancient Martian life

Nasa's spectacular image of Saturn shows 'the day the Earth smiled'

The image above (click for full screen) was taken from within the shadow of Saturn and shows an area  404,880 miles (651,591 kilometers) across.

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An image taken by Curiosity last month

Water found on Mars by Nasa Curiosity rover

Water has been found on Mars, according to measurements taken by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.

The moon rises over the city of Rome yesterday (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

How old is the moon? Scientists put formation forward 100 million years

Rock samples from Apollo 16 mission finally analysed show the moon is millions of years younger than previously thought

No life on Mars? Nasa Curiosity struggles to find methane on the planet

Scientists have been left disappointed when the rover could not detect the gas, a strong sign of life

Being paid to lie down for NASA? Seven opportunities for wannabe astronauts

It takes an extraordinary physique, high IQ, and years of training to become a bona-fide space-travelling astronaut. But if that rules you out there are plenty of 'experiments' needing volunteers to boldly go where erm, other people might not really want to...

Branson prepares for blast-off: 700 tickets for Virgin Galactic spaceflights sold

Virgin Group proprietor says his commercial space tours will begin within a ‘matter of months’

Temperatures on Earth will soar and seas evaporate leaving the planet lifeless

The good news: Earth can support life for 1.75bn years. The bad news: Climate change could wipe us out first

Scientists calculate planet’s leave-by date, and identify other worlds where life may develop

Murray co-founded the Planetary Society

Bruce Murray: Nasa director who pioneered photography in space science

Bruce Murray was an ambitious proponent of space exploration and was among the first to emphasise the use of photography of other planets. Murray was director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a space exploration arm of Nasa, from 1976-82. As a part of the team that launched the Mariner missions to Mars and other planets in the 1960s and 1970s, Murray was one of the first scientists to highlight the use of photography in space science.

Scientists reveal life on Earth may have begun on Mars

Growing evidence is suggesting that life on Earth may have actually begun on Mars.

Japan postpones new rocket launch... 19 seconds before blast off

Launch aborted after irregularity in the rocket posture was detected

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