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Plans to send a boat to Titan proposed

Scientists are exploring possible ways in which to send a probe to Titan that can sail on its lakes. Saturn’s moon Titan is one of the most Earth-like…

Phobos-Grunt tracked in orbit

The stricken Russian Mars probe has been photographed in the sky by an amateur astronomer. The probe was launched last year in the hope of bringing ba…

Phobos-Grunt spacecraft to crash

The failed Russian Mars probe is due to crash back down to Earth as early as January next year. The probe represented Russia’s latest effort to reach …

Swimming Endoscope

Endoscopic surgery has used tubes for years, but now Japanese researchers have built a probe that can swim through the digestive tract: The device, nicknamed the “Mermaid”, is about one centimetre (0.4 inches) in diameter and 4.5 (1.8 inches) long and has magnetic driving gear that allows for precise control of its direction and location. Doctors use [...]

Japanese Venus probe fails to enter orbit

Japan’s Akatsuki probe has failed to enter orbit around Venus and will have to wait 6 years to try again. JAXA have set up a committee to try and work…

Has Hayabusa picked up alien life?

Japan’s Hayabusa space probe has picked up particles that could contain alien life. Scientists studying the particles picked up during the probe’s mis…

NASA fails to contact Phoenix lander on Mars

Things aren’t looking too promising for the Phoenix Lander as several attempts to listen for signs that it is still working have failed. The probe has…

Russia plots return to Venus

It has been almost three decades since the Soviet Union last sent a probe to the planet Venus, now the Russian space agency is planning to underta…