Space exploration

What are Hycean planets?
Artist’s impression of Hycean planet ocean
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What are Hycean planets?

Planets ‘hiding in plain sight’ could provide habitable conditions for life
26 Aug 2021
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin: the new space race?
Richard Branson cheers with crew members after flying into space
In Brief

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin: the new space race?

Branson has declared space open for business. Is that still a pie in the sky?
16 Jul 2021
‘We have no choice but to confront the very worst aspects of English football’
Raheem Sterling taking the knee
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‘We have no choice but to confront the very worst aspects of English football’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
13 Jul 2021
Could microbes communicate with alien species?
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Expert’s view

Could microbes communicate with alien species?

Experts argue that we should be searching for microbial life rather than human-like aliens
17 May 2021
Russia and China joining forces to build first Moon base
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2018
In Brief

Russia and China joining forces to build first Moon base

Lunar pact represents ‘all kinds of security threats’ to UK and US, expert warns
11 Mar 2021
Perseverance rover begins Martian search for ‘extraterrestrial life’
Nasa's Perseverance rover team celebrates touchdown on Mars
In Brief

Perseverance rover begins Martian search for ‘extraterrestrial life’

Six-wheeled rover will collect samples and could pave way for humans on the planet
19 Feb 2021
China ‘trying to take control of the Moon’
Moon
Tall Tales

China ‘trying to take control of the Moon’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
16 Feb 2021

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Jeff Bezos wants to take crews to Moon by 2024
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Jeff Bezos wants to take crews to Moon by 2024

Amazon CEO has often spoken of desire to colonise outer space
10 May 2019
Trump wants US astronauts back on the Moon within five years
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In Brief

Trump wants US astronauts back on the Moon within five years

Washington's announcement signals a new space race
27 Mar 2019
Nasa issues warning about herpes in space
Moon, space, astronaut
In Brief

Nasa issues warning about herpes in space

Dormant viruses have been awoken in more than half of the astronauts who have embarked on space missions
19 Mar 2019
Nasa set to declare Mars rover ‘dead’
Mars rover Opportunity set to be declared officially dead
In Brief

Nasa set to declare Mars rover ‘dead’

Opportunity rover has not been heard from in eight months following massive dust storm
13 Feb 2019
Nasa reveals first close-up pictures of Ultima Thule
Distant space rock called Ultima Thule revealed to look like a massive snowman
In Brief

Nasa reveals first close-up pictures of Ultima Thule

Distant space rock looks like a ‘large red snowman’
3 Jan 2019
Nasa InSight probe lands safely on Mars
Nasa has successfully landed its new InSight probe on Mars
In Brief

Nasa InSight probe lands safely on Mars

New probe set to study the deep interior of the Red Planet
27 Nov 2018
Why astronauts have spiritual experiences in space
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In Depth

Why astronauts have spiritual experiences in space

The British astronaut is not the first to question whether the universe was created by a higher power
13 Aug 2018
Africa’s space race intensifies
Nigeria could soon be following private firms like Space X, which launched its Falcon Heavy rocket in February
In Brief

Africa’s space race intensifies

Moon landings ‘still a long way off’ but Nigeria and South Africa leading the way in space technology
17 May 2018
Relaunching Nasa’s moon missions
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In Depth

Relaunching Nasa’s moon missions

In Depth: Donald Trump’s new directive aims to put humans back on the Moon for the first time since 1972
22 Dec 2017
Africa joins space race: Should Ghana be over the moon?
Mir Space Station
In Depth

Africa joins space race: Should Ghana be over the moon?

GhanaSat-1 puts the tiny west African nation in competition with Nasa and the Chinese
8 Aug 2017
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