The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station Launch Complex 40 in Florida (Malcolm Denemark/Florida Today via AP)

In Video: SpaceX launches internet satellites into orbit


Space exploration and rocket manufacturer SpaceX has launched 60 satellites into orbit. The launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida saw a Falcon 9 rocket carry a batch of Starlink satellites into orbit for the company’s internet satellite system.

Could you be the next UK or Irish astronaut? (Joe Giddens/PA)

Could you be the next UK or Irish astronaut?


The next astronaut, or first parastronaut, from the UK or Ireland could be selected through the European Space Agency’s (ESA) hunt for people to head into space on upcoming missions.

Tianwen-1 is the second of three new Mars mission developments happening in February, after the UAE successfully settled in orbit on Tuesday (Nasa/ESA/PA)

China’s Tianwen-1 probe reaches Mars’ orbit


China’s Tianwen-1 probe has successfully completed its journey to Mars’ orbit, in the first stage of an ambitious effort to eventually land on the red planet and search for signs of life, according to state media.

UAE’s Hope Probe enters Mars orbit (Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)/PA)

UAE’s Hope probe enters Mars orbit


The United Arab Emirates’ Hope probe has successfully entered the red planet’s orbit, marking an historic day for missions to Earth’s neighbour.