Opportunity rover clocks 10 years on Mars
The American space agency (Nasa) is celebrating 10 years of operation for its Opportunity rover on Mars.
The six-wheeled vehicle landed on the planet's Meridiani plains on 25 January, 2004, at 05:05 GMT.
It has since trundled 38.7km across the surface, studying the local geology and returning over 170,000 images to Earth.
How much longer the rover can continue working in Mars' harsh environment is unknown, but Nasa is confident it will keep rolling a while yet.
"The rover has some degraded components," explains John Callas, the manager of the agency's Mars Exploration Rover Project, which looks after "Oppy", as it is often called.
European Space Agency sets a path for big space science
Europe has fixed a broad plan for the big space science missions it will launch over the next two decades.
It will likely lead to a large X-ray telescope being launched in 2028, and to an orbiting observatory to detect gravitational waves going up in 2034.
UK-built cameras heading for space station
Monday sees the launch to the space station of two cameras that are sure to provide some fascinating new views of Planet Earth.
One in particular will catch people’s attention because it will send down high-definition video.
Falkland farewell for 'Space Ferrari'
The final moments of the Goce satellite were caught on camera as it blazed across the sky above the South Atlantic.
Falkland Islander Bill Chater managed to record the scene as he returned from a day's outing to see penguins.
Red destination: Choosing an ExoMars landing site
Computer chemists win Nobel prize
Persistence pays off. Michael Levitt did his physics degree at King's College London, and was then desperate to do a PhD at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. The LMB was where he could learn from "towering heroes" - the likes of Francis Crick, Max Perutz, John Kendrew and Aaron Klug.
But the 19 year old's requests to join the intellectual hothouse were repeatedly, but politely, rebuffed. Thankfully for the world of science, Levitt wouldn't take 'no' for an answer. He drove to Cambridge from London, and camped outside Perutz's office until the Nobel Prize winner would see him. Whatever Levitt said on that sunny Friday in April 1967, it clearly had an impact because the LMB relented and gave him his opportunity.
Recycled rockets: SpaceX calls time on expendable launch vehicles
Have we witnessed the beginning of a revolution in rocketry?
On Sunday, the SpaceX company launched the latest version of its Falcon 9 vehicle from California, placing a cluster of small satellites in low-Earth orbit.
Pakistan earthquake: Hundreds dead in Balochistan
The sudden appearance of small islands or the rise of previously submerged ocean features is a recognisable occurrence after very big earthquakes.
In this instance, we appear to have a case of "liquefaction", where large volumes of previously stable sands and muds have been shaken by the quake and oozed up through the rock.