, Friday, March 8, 2019.  It marks the first time in 50 years that a capsule designed for astronauts returned from space by plopping into the Atlantic.  (NASA via AP)

SpaceX crew capsule ends test flight with splashdown

It was the final hurdle for the six-day demo, a critical prelude to SpaceX's first flight with astronauts as early as summer.

SpaceX needs to nail the debut of its crew Dragon capsule before putting people on board later this year.

SpaceX crew capsule, with dummy aboard, docks at International Space Station

Dragon is the first American-made spacecraft capable of carrying a crew to pull up to the space station in eight years.

The flight marks the first of its kind using a commercial company.

SpaceX debuts new crew capsule in crucial test flight

The Dragon capsule will carry a test dummy rather than humans.

Emirati astronaut Sultan al-Neyadi, right, and astronaut Hazza al-Mansoori, second from right, brief journalists in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

UAE sending first astronaut to space in September, unveils plans to colonise Mars within next 100 years

The UAE want a fully-functioning city on Mars that will home 600,000 people.

The historic unmanned mission makes Israel the fourth nation to land on the moon.

Israel launches lander in hopes of becoming fourth nation to visit the moon

The lander, which is the size of a dishwasher, was launched atop a SpaceX rocket.

The biggest and brightest super moon of the year illuminated the sky this week.

What's so super about a Super Moon, anyway?

The biggest and brightest Super Moon of the year illuminated the sky over the last two nights. People around the world looked up in wonder.

The super snow moon is seen from Mount Maunganui.

Super Snow Moon lights up night sky above Aotearoa

Kiwis may have noticed the moon looked a little brighter than usual last night.

NASA says goodbye to 'Oppy', lost in a Martian dust storm after 14 years on the job

Oppy was only designed with a 90-day mission in mind, so the 14 years it spent exploring far exceeded expectations.

The spectacular galactic display is caused by debris produced by a comet as it passes near earth.

Astronomer says fireball sighted soaring across NZ skies the brightest he's seen

Reports flooded in from Kiwis across the country who witnessed the event.

Stunning image of Mars' surface shows 82km-wide crater covered in ice

The close-up look at the red planet was captured by the European Space Agency.

The Mackenzie Country has one of the best night skies in the world.

Ex-cop carrying out painstaking restoration of famous telescope in the Mackenzie Country

The Mackenzie Country has one of the best night skies in the world.

Rocket Lab launches first rocket carrying only commercial satellites from Mahia Peninsula

The rocket blasted off at 4.50pm, soon after a new launch window period opened.

As NASA’s Orion space programme preps to take humans into deep space in 2023, a small Kiwi company is playing its part.

From Otago to outer space, Kiwi sheep could hold key to keeping astronauts safe

NASA's Orion space programme plans to take humans into deep space in 2023.

If successful, the recognition will provide the island's tourism industry with a welcome winter boost.

Stewart Island applies to be a 'dark sky sanctuary', a haven for star-gazers

If successful, the recognition will provide the island's tourism industry with a welcome winter boost.

The eclipsed moon will appear a deep red during the celestial event which will be visible in southern parts of the country.

Fake 'moon' using huge space mirror could be launched over China by 2020

The "artificial moon" would illuminate an area of 80km, with a dusk-like glow that could replace streetlights.

Based in Central Otago, it'll be the first radar of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Southern Hemisphere’s first space junk radar to be built in Otago

It’ll be the first commercial radar in the world able to detect smaller junk of around 2cm, Leo Labs says.

SpaceX to reveal identity of tourist they aim to fly around moon

They will also give the space tourist's reason why they volunteered for the historic trip.

Weatherman Dan Corbett and Stardome Educator Josh Kirkley give their opposing view of when spring actually starts.

When does spring start? We asked the experts for their opinion

Weatherman Dan Corbett and Stardome Educator Josh Kirkley give their opposing view.

Photos: 'Meteor' mesmerises North Canterbury residents

Many have reported hearing and seeing what’s believed to be a meteor last evening.

Watch: Southern stargazers capture incredible Aurora Australis on camera

The phenomena is the same thing as the northern variant - Aurora Borealis - and is often seen in the south.

The Electron rocket on the launch pad at the Rocket Lab facility on the Mahia Peninsula.

Rocket Lab to launch first two commercial flights of Electron rockets late in year

Rocket Lab had to call off planned launches earlier in the year due to technical issues.

Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation

Sir Patrick Stewart to reprise his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in new Star Trek series

Sir Patrick, 78, was renowned for his role the Star Trek: The Next Generation, and has not played a part in a Star Trek production since 2002's 'Star Trek: Nemesis'.

NASA announces nine-person team heading back to space after seven-year break

The crews will travel to the International Space Station aboard two commercial spacecraft that Boeing and SpaceX plan to send into the stratosphere sometime during the coming year.

Pictures: Stunning images of rare blood moon captured in Nelson

Chris Porteners sent the beautiful images to 1 NEWS, saying they were taken this morning from Nelson's Boulder Bank.

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