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.

Nasa prepares for $2.5bn gamble on Mars landing

'Sky crane' will lower robotic probe on to Red Planet in latest attempt to uncover signs of life

Nasa plans to scale back missions to Mars to save money, claim scientists

Nasa is about to propose "irrational" major cuts to its exploration of other planets, especially Mars, scientists claim.

The probe, bound for a moon of Mars, got stuck in the Earth's orbit

Catastrophe looms as toxic 13-tonne Mars probe falls to Earth

The heaviest interplanetary spacecraft ever launched is about to become one of the most dangerous man-made objects to fall from space when it crashes to the ground early in the new year.

Vesta's rugged surface is unique compared to the solar system's much smaller and lightweight asteroids. Impact craters dot Vesta's surface along with grooves, troughs and a variety of minerals

Massive asteroid is 'more like a planet' say scientists

Scientists say new views of the massive asteroid Vesta reveal it is more like a planet.

An artist's impression of the Mars Science Laboratory's robot, Curiosity, at work on the surface of Mars

Destination Mars: The 39 steps

There have been 38 previous missions to Mars. To mark the latest, Matthew Bell offers 39 insights into the Red Planet

Russian scientists try to save Mars moon probe

A Russian space probe aiming to land on a Mars moon was stuck circling the Earth after equipment failure, and scientists raced to fire up its engines before the whole thing came crashing down. 

Mars rover arrives at its target

It travelled at an average pace of 60cm an hour and it has arrived a year late. But the Mars rover Opportunity has finally approached its destination, the rim of the vast Endeavour crater.

Eight years and 34 million miles on, Mars rover nears end of road

It travelled at an average speed of 60cm an hour and it has arrived a year late. But the Mars rover Opportunity is finally approaching its destination, the rim of the vast Endeavour crater.

Why we can't get enough of The Red Planet

Reaction to this week's Nasa newsflash reminds us that Mars still occupies a unique place in mankind's imagination. Steve Connor celebrates a special relationship

Streak marks on surface of Mars may be a sign of flowing water

Streams of salty water could be coursing their way down the steep sides of craters on Mars, scientists believe after identifying a series of dark lines in photographs.

Final countdown: The space shuttle's last ever mission

Thirty years after the first blast-off, David Usborne reports from the Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, on the end of an era

Water in the Sea of Tranquillity? Oh yes there is...

Scientists believe the interior of the Moon is very similar to that of Earth, with an abundance of water below its surface

Life On Mars? No, but it's the next best thing

The unearthly landscape of the Rio Tinto in southern Spain makes it ideal for a Red Planet mission test run. Dale Fuchs reports

Mars Needs Moms (PG)

Voices: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois

Gregory Piccard in Space, Queen Elizabeth Hall

It’s a preposterous story – the stuff of which operas (or the latest Wallace and Gromit) are made: Belgian physicist Auguste Piccard, determined to prove Einstein’s Einstein’s theory of relativity, takes to the skies in a balloon-powered capsule and becomes the first man to reach the stratosphere.

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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
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A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...