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Comet Siding Spring whizzes past Mars

A comet the size of a small mountain whizzed past Mars on Sunday, dazzling space enthusiasts with the once‑in‑a-million‑years encounter.

'Eau de comet' is a bit of a stinker

Rotten eggs, horse pee, alcohol and bitter almonds: this is the bouquet of odours you would smell if a comet in deep space could be brought back to Earth,...

China to send orbiter to moon and back

China will launch its latest lunar orbiter in the coming days, state media said Wednesday, in its first attempt to send a spacecraft around the moon and...

UAE launches project to send unmanned probe to Mars

Oil‑rich United Arab Emirates on Monday launched a project that aims to send the first Arab unmanned probe to Mars by 2021. The Gulf state set up the...

Deep space 'snowball' nears close shave with Mars

A comet the size of a small mountain is about to skim past Mars, and NASA hopes its spacecraft will be able to photograph the...

US military's robot space plane lands back on Earth

A top secret US robot space plane landed back on Earth on Friday after a 22-month orbit, officials said, although the craft's mission remains shrouded...

Rare comet to fly by Mars

A fast‑moving comet is about to fly by Mars for a one‑in‑a-million‑year encounter with the Red Planet, photographed and documented by a flurry of spacecraft, NASA said. The comet,...

Europe gives green light for comet landing site

The European Space Agency (ESA) confirmed Wednesday its choice of the site for a historic unmanned landing next month on a comet in deep space. A...

Humans may only survive 68 days on Mars

Space enthusiasts planning a move to Mars may have to wait to relocate: conditions on the Red Planet are such that humans would likely begin dying within...