Daisy Ridley endorses Nasas first female launch director

Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley paid tribute to Nasa’s first female launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson in a video published on 4 May. Ridley described Nasa’s female employees as “heroic” and said they “continually inspire girls to enter the space programme.” May 5, 2016

ESA launches environmental satellite Sentinel-1B

The European Space Agency launched a satellite on 25 April to track the progress of global warming, as part of its Copernicus project. The Sentinel-1B joins its identical twin, Sentinel-1A, in orbit to deliver information for various services, from monitoring ice in polar seas to tracking land subsidence, the ESA said. It will also respond to disasters such as floods. Apr 26, 2016

Faking gravity: The tech behind Tim Peake’s space marathon

How does a weightless man run on the spot while hurtling through space at 17,150mph? As the countdown continues to the London Marathon – taking place on 24 April – ESA astronaut Tim Peake London Marathon will perhaps have more reason to be nervous, as he prepares to run his version on the International Apr 22, 2016

British astronaut Tim Peake prepares to run London Marathon from space

British astronaut Tim Peake said training was going well for his version of the London Marathon, which he’ll run on a treadmill on the International Space Station (ISS). Peake made the comments in a question and answer session, which he showed off a harness that keeps him bolted to the treadmill on which he will run. Apr 20, 2016

ISS astronauts capture stunning 4K footage of Aurora Borealis

Astronauts on the International Space Station shared their view of the Auroras Borealis and Australis across the Earth in an ultra-high definition (UHD) 4K timelapse video published on 17 April. Nasa has partnered with technology company Harmonic since 2015 for a non-commercial UHD channel aimed at showing the“breathtaking beauty and grandeur of space.” Apr 19, 2016

Elon Musk hails SpaceX rocket landing as ‘step towards the stars’

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hailed the breakthrough landing of its rocket booster at sea on 8 April, during a post-launch news conference at the Kennedy Space Center. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on a cargo run for the International Space Station and its reusable main-stage booster landed itself on an ocean platform in a dramatic spaceflight first. Apr 9, 2016

SpaceX lands reusable rocket on ocean platform for first time

SpaceX landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean on 8 April, in the latest of entrepreneur Elon Musk’s space exploration ventures. The Falcon 9 launch was successful and the Dragon cargo ship was propelled to the International Space Station, where it is expected to arrive in two days. Footage from the “chase plane” shows the rocket safely landing on the ‘Of Course I Still Love You’ drone pad. Apr 9, 2016

SpaceX to launch Nasa expandable habitats to ISS

SpaceXs Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to launch on 8 April, carrying a cargo ship that will take an experimental inflatable habitat to the International Space Station (ISS). The privately owned SpaceX, which is owned by Tesla entrepreneur Elon Musk, has partnered with Nasa to launch resupply missions to the ISS. Apr 8, 2016

Watch a meteor shoot across skies above Britain

Incredible footage shot by the UK Meteor Observation Network, shows the moment a meteor shot across British skies on 17 March. The St Patrick’s Day meteor made its way across the sky at 3.20am Mar 17, 2016