Space

All-female spacewalk cancelled over spacesuit sizes
Christina H. Koch (centre) helps Nasa colleagues Anne McClain (left) and Nick Hague (right) ahead of their 22 March spacewalk
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All-female spacewalk cancelled over spacesuit sizes

Lack of smaller-sized equipment means two women astronauts cannot venture out together
26 Mar 2019
Nasa detects ‘huge’ meteor explosion over Earth
Meteor
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Nasa detects ‘huge’ meteor explosion over Earth

The blast was around ten times more powerful than Hiroshima atomic bomb
18 Mar 2019
Can humans live on the Moon?
Moon
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Can humans live on the Moon?

Nasa finds ‘moving water’ on the lunar surface
11 Mar 2019
How space mining could change the world
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How space mining could change the world

Russia bids to join Luxembourg as second country to adopt legal regulations relating to outer space mining
7 Mar 2019
SpaceX Crew Dragon: test mission capsule docks with ISS
SpaceX Crew Dragon
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SpaceX Crew Dragon: test mission capsule docks with ISS

Elon Musk targets ‘this summer’ for his company’s first astronaut launch
4 Mar 2019
SpaceX Crew Dragon: passenger spacecraft to blast off to ISS
SpaceX Dragon
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SpaceX Crew Dragon: passenger spacecraft to blast off to ISS

Nasa approves mission but Russian space station operators express concerns ahead of Saturday’s launch
27 Feb 2019
Nasa set to declare Mars rover ‘dead’
Mars rover Opportunity set to be declared officially dead
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Nasa set to declare Mars rover ‘dead’

Opportunity rover has not been heard from in eight months following massive dust storm
13 Feb 2019
SpaceX: first astronaut mission may take place this summer
SpaceX
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SpaceX: first astronaut mission may take place this summer

Static fire test moves company one step closer to practice launch next month
25 Jan 2019
How life on Earth began
Earth
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How life on Earth began

New discovery sheds light on beginnings of our planet - and could help in search for aliens
24 Jan 2019
Elon Musk: broken Starship rocket to take ‘weeks to repair’
SpaceX Starship
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Elon Musk: broken Starship rocket to take ‘weeks to repair’

Top section of test vehicle collapses as strong winds hit Texas
24 Jan 2019
Super wolf blood moon - in pictures
Super blood wolf moon
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Super wolf blood moon - in pictures

Rare combination of three major lunar phenomena was visible in Europe early on Monday
21 Jan 2019
Why three times more asteroids are hitting Earth
Earth
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Why three times more asteroids are hitting Earth

New study shows frequency of impacts jumped just before the dinosaur age
18 Jan 2019
Saturn’s rings are ‘relatively recent’
Saturn
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Saturn’s rings are ‘relatively recent’

Belt of ice and rock was formed no more than 100 million years ago
18 Jan 2019
SpaceX Crew Dragon: what is it and when does it launch?
SpaceX Dragon
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SpaceX Crew Dragon: what is it and when does it launch?

Elon Musk targets the first manned mission from US soil since the Space Shuttle
10 Jan 2019
Are radio bursts from deep space signs of alien life?
Chime radio telescope
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Are radio bursts from deep space signs of alien life?

Repeating bursts of radio waves detected for second time in history
10 Jan 2019
Will China lead the space race?
the moon
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Will China lead the space race?

Landing of Chang’e-4 probe on far side of the Moon prompts ‘trepidation’ from US and Russia
3 Jan 2019
Nasa reveals first close-up pictures of Ultima Thule
Distant space rock called Ultima Thule revealed to look like a massive snowman
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Nasa reveals first close-up pictures of Ultima Thule

Distant space rock looks like a ‘large red snowman’
3 Jan 2019
Chinese spacecraft descends upon the ‘dark side of the Moon’
the moon
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Chinese spacecraft descends upon the ‘dark side of the Moon’

A lunar rover will scan the atmosphere in bid to find out more about the Universe’s early years
2 Jan 2019
Tech trends 2019: 5G phones, cyber crime and space tourism
SpaceX Falcon 9
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Tech trends 2019: 5G phones, cyber crime and space tourism

SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic head to the stars while Samsung’s flexing phone looks set to debut
31 Dec 2018
Nasa data breach: what happened and who is affected?
Nasa leak
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Nasa data breach: what happened and who is affected?

US space agency reveals it suffered cyber attack two months ago
20 Dec 2018
Virgin Galactic vs. Blue Origin vs. SpaceX
Virgin Galactic
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Virgin Galactic vs. Blue Origin vs. SpaceX

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic reaches the edge of space in landmark test
14 Dec 2018
Astronauts make emergency landing after rocket malfunction
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Astronauts make emergency landing after rocket malfunction

Russian and American astronauts said to be safe after emergency landing
11 Oct 2018
SpaceX lands rocket after lighting up Californian skies
SpaceX Falcon 9
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SpaceX lands rocket after lighting up Californian skies

Los Angeles mayor assured residents that the streaks of light were ‘definitely not aliens’
8 Oct 2018
SpaceX: Japanese billionaire revealed as first space tourist
SpaceX BFR
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SpaceX: Japanese billionaire revealed as first space tourist

Japanese fashion empire founder and his guests will be first lunar travellers since 1972
18 Sep 2018
Will Pluto become a planet again?
Pluto
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Will Pluto become a planet again?

Scientists argue that the official definition of a planet is ‘sloppy’ and that Pluto should never have been downgraded
11 Sep 2018
What made the hole in the International Space Station?
Astronauts have repaired a hole in the ISS after it was struck by micro-meteorite
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What made the hole in the International Space Station?

Sealant and duct tape used to fix 2mm hole in a Russian section of the station
31 Aug 2018
Wildfires and volcanic ash glow in Nasa’s aerosol map
Nasa
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Wildfires and volcanic ash glow in Nasa’s aerosol map

California’s forest fires and vehicle emissions are highlighted in strong reds
28 Aug 2018
Nasa warns of ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid
Asteroid
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Nasa warns of ‘potentially hazardous’ asteroid

Space rock travelling at 20,000mph will pass Earth on 29 August
23 Aug 2018
Nasa discovers first signs of ice on moon’s surface
the moon
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Nasa discovers first signs of ice on moon’s surface

Frozen patches could be a valuable source of water for future explorers
21 Aug 2018
Astronomers identify oldest galaxies in the universe
Oldest galaxies
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Astronomers identify oldest galaxies in the universe

Two clusters of star systems may have formed during the cosmic dark ages
17 Aug 2018
Why Narendra Modi wants Indians in space by 2022
India Mars Orbiter, Space
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Why Narendra Modi wants Indians in space by 2022

India’s PM pledges to make his country the fourth in the world to send manned mission into orbit
15 Aug 2018
Russia, US and China on brink of an arms race in space
A Russian solider stands guard over the Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft
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Russia, US and China on brink of an arms race in space

US voices deep suspicion over Moscow’s pursuit of new space weapons – even as it draws up plans for its own ‘Space Force’
15 Aug 2018
Why astronauts have spiritual experiences in space
Moon, space, astronaut
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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
Nasa mission to ‘touch the Sun’ gets off to rocky start
Nasa
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Nasa mission to ‘touch the Sun’ gets off to rocky start

Launch delayed by technical problem before space agency briefly loses contact with the star-bound rocket
13 Aug 2018
How Nasa will attempt to ‘touch the Sun’
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How Nasa will attempt to ‘touch the Sun’

Parker Solar Probe, which launches this week, will fly closer to the Sun that any man-made object in history
7 Aug 2018
Neil Armstrong’s moon memorabilia to go up for sale
Neil Armstrong
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Neil Armstrong’s moon memorabilia to go up for sale

Astronaut’s treasures include his boy scout cap and pieces of propeller from the 1903 Wright Flyer
23 Jul 2018