Mars mission underway

NASA'S InSight spacecraft launched earlier today from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on its six-month journey to Mars. After completing the 300-million-mile trip, InSight will use its tech and scienc...

Tech ideas for future space travel

NASA is investing in promising new technologies that could help shape the future of space travel. As part of the 2018 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) initiative, Phase I and Phase II innovations rec...

NASA tech impacts Earth

(USA) Technologies with their origins in Space are transforming life on Earth, according to NASA. The agency has published Spinoff 2018, which reveals 49 tech innovations - it helped create - that are bei...

Space innovation grows crops quickly

(AUSTRALIA) Scientists in Australia have developed a technique for 'speed breeding' crops which has its origins in outer space. Inspired by NASA's efforts to grow wheat in space, the University of Queensl...

‘Becoming a two-planet species’

NASA has named five finalists in its challenge to find power solutions for humans travelling to Mars. Its 2018 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge, delivered in collaboration with...

Unmanned plane makes history

(USA) A NASA-backed startup has set a new record for fuel-powered autonomous flight. The VA001 plane, with its 36-foot wingspan, was developed by 'five-person' Virginian startup, Vanilla Aircraft, which s...

NASA confirms benefits of biofuels

(USA) A NASA study has confirmed planes can drastically cut jet engine pollution by using biofuels. Three planes equipped with sensor technology followed NASA's workhorse DC-8, which emitted fumes from ta...