Clare Sibthorpe NASA said the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex dishes would will play a central part in missions.
Cameron Atfield President John F Kennedy's famous moon speech could well have been a Mars speech had he not been talked down from his lofty ambitions, Buzz Aldrin revealed in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Perry Vlahos In 1974, Earthlings sent a message to aliens. Don't hold your breath waiting for the reply.
Irene Klotz It's only a little bit scary but it's here in time for Halloween. A 400-metre-wide asteroid that scientists only spotted three weeks ago is going to shoot past Earth at 35 kilometres a second.
Rachel Feltman Is there any death more beautiful than a star's? They form colourful, glowing nebulae, they explode into supernovas, and sometimes they get torn apart by black holes.
Perry Vlahos Astronomers have something in common with sports fans – we hate seeing rain instead of stars. To view the stars and planets when it's raining, go to a planetarium.
Marcus Strom A star that some think might be home to high-tech aliens has scientists asking 'WTF?'.
Rachel Feltman Last week many thought he could have held the greatest award in physics - a Nobel prize - but instead, Professor Geoff Marcy is being shunned by colleagues and stands condemned of being a serial sexual harasser.
Marcus Strom It's in our solar system, has blue skies and water, but don't expect to take a holiday there any time soon.
John Elder There have been reports scientists have, for the first time, discovered liquid water on Mars. What did they actually find?
Josephine Tovey and Daniel Fallon NASA is expected to release information on a major discovery on Mars.
Katie Burgess Discs of dust surrounding two young red dwarf stars in the southern sky contain the raw materials planets are made of.