Scientists believe they could have discovered 'life in space' after finding traces of sea plankton on the surface of NASA's International Space Station.
Following detailed experiments of the samples, experts confirmed organisms can live in space for a number of years despite zero gravity, harsh temperatures and hard cosmic radiation.
Vladimir Solovyev, chief of the orbital mission on Russia's ISS wing, told Russian news agency ITAR-TASS it was not quite clear how the microscopic particles appeared on the surface of the space station.
He said more research was needed but added: "The results of the experiment are absolutely unique."
NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman has taken to Twitter to share the stunning images he captured of an aurora from space.Read the full story ›
Nasa astronaut Reid Wiseman took this picture from the International Space Station of Super Typhoon Neoguri as it headed towards Japan:
A saucer-shaped NASA vehicle testing new technology for Mars landings made a successful rocket ride over the Pacific, but its massive descent parachute only partially unfurled.
The Low Density Supersonic Decelerator was lifted by balloon 120,000 feet into the air from the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The vehicle then rocketed even higher before deploying a novel inflatable braking system.
But cheers rapidly died as a gigantic chute designed to slow its fall to splashdown in the ocean emerged tangled. Still, NASA officials said it is a pretty good test of technology that might one day be used to deliver heavy spacecraft - and eventually astronauts - to Mars.
Nasa has sent a good luck message to the United States football team ahead of their World Cup match with Ghana tonight.
The space agency captured a satellite image of South America, showing the cloudy conditions over the match's venue in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte.
The post ended with the message: "Good luck team USA!"
Germany produced a stunning display to thrash Portugal 4-0 in the earlier game in Group G.
USA face Portugal on June 22nd before taking on Germany four days later as they aim to progress to the last 16.
For all the build-up to the USA's clash with Ghana, visit the ITV World Cup site
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Members of a Cornish radio who sent a morse code message to a Jupiter-bound satellite were surprised to receive a reply from Nasa.
Enthusiasts from the Poldhu Amateur Radio Club, sent the word 'hi' into space and they were amazed to hear that it was intercepted by the Juno spacecraft before it began its five-year mission to Jupiter.
In 2011 radio clubs around the globe were asked to try to contact Juno on its orbit around the Earth.
Three years on, a letter was sent to enthusiasts Cliff Malcolm, Keith Matthew, Les Jones and Dave Usher thanking them for their contact
Nasa has finalised the look of its newest spacesuit, thanks to a public vote.
The US space exploration agency revealed this week the prototype Z-2 spacesuit which sports a hard cover-layer with glow-in-the-dark patterns, similar to those seen in sci-fi movie 'Tron'.
Future variations of this suit will be used to allow astronauts to explore the surface of Mars.
An Earth-like planet confirmed by Nasa in the habitable zone around the Kelper-186 star has 'potential' to host liquid water - one of the pre-requisites for life as we know it to exist.
Nasa research scientist Tom Barclay has said that the hopes of the Kelper team have been answered with the discovery of Kepler-186f.
The discovery of the Earth-like planet orbiting star Kepler has demonstrated the existence of planets that could potentially hold life.
Lewis Vaughan Jones reports: