'Mars was a very different planet to the one we are able to see today'
The unprecedented number of hopeful space cadets could lead Nasa to change its process
From studying stardust to probing the origins of the solar system, to space ports and satellites, a science park in Harwell is the hub of a booming British space industry. Margareta Pagano reports
Scientists announce they have succeeded in detecting gravitational waves from the violent merging of two black holes in deep space
Countries will be unable to tell whether damage to military satellites during collisions is caused by debris or deliberate attacks by other countries
'She said ‘Daddy, what you need to do is go find a new planet so that people will no longer be sad about Pluto’'
The gas-giant planet is believed to be ten times the mass of Earth and as big as Neptune
The constellation is ‘somewhere in the vicinity of Mars’, according to the astronomers
Major Tim Peake will spend six hours out fixing solar panels in the International Space Station
Sirius, popularly known as the Dog Star and the brightest in the sky, will be particularly prominent this month
Betty Barker, 79, said she put the phone down because she didn’t want to 'take any more notice' of the astronaut
The 3-kilometer-long asteroid (named 163899, or 2003 SD220) will be sailing by at a safe distance of 6.7 million miles
The huge, celestial light isn’t in a galaxy far, far away — it’s in our own Milky Way, about 1,350 light-years from us
As Tim Peake becomes the first Briton in space for two decades, here's what happens to the body during long-term space flight
His work will consist of experiments and the testing of technology that could be used in future missions to the moon and to Mars – though there’s a lot of chores to be done, too
Nine minutes after blasting into space, Mr Peake is anticipating a sight that has entranced all who have gone before him