Space

Nasa mission to ‘touch the Sun’ gets off to rocky start
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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
Humans could have travelled to Mars ‘decades ago’
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Humans could have travelled to Mars ‘decades ago’

Former ISS commander claims technology to put humans on red plane has existed since 1960s
10 Jul 2018
Humans ‘probably only intelligent life in Universe’
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Humans ‘probably only intelligent life in Universe’

Researchers put odds of mankind being alone in Milky Way at up to 99.6%
25 Jun 2018
Scientists see black hole eating star for first time
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Scientists see black hole eating star for first time

Astronomers surprised by event that could lead to greater understanding of astrophysics
15 Jun 2018
Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed into black hole
Stephen Hawking
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Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed into black hole

Satellite will broadcast “message of peace and hope” after Westminster Abbey memorial service
15 Jun 2018
Space nation of Asgardia elects British MPs
Asgardia
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Space nation of Asgardia elects British MPs

Former Lib Dems join Tory MP as 11 British citizens chosen to govern world’s first space nation
15 Jun 2018
Why Nasa has lost contact with its Opportunity Mars rover
Mars
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Why Nasa has lost contact with its Opportunity Mars rover

‘Unprecedented’ dust storm has engulfed the red planet for past two weeks
14 Jun 2018
Organic matter found on Mars
Nasa Curiosity rover has uncovered organic material on Mars
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Organic matter found on Mars

Nasa researchers remain unsure of the source of the material
8 Jun 2018
SpaceX launches seven satellites aboard used Falcon 9 rocket
SpaceX Falcon 9
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SpaceX launches seven satellites aboard used Falcon 9 rocket

Payload includes two Nasa satellites that will track Earth’s water cycle
23 May 2018
Astronaut takes GoPro camera on spacewalk, forgets SD card
White House considering plans to privatise the International Space Station
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Astronaut takes GoPro camera on spacewalk, forgets SD card

Andrew Feustel was confused by the device’s ‘No SD’ warning
22 May 2018
Nasa defends decision to send people to moon before Mars
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Nasa defends decision to send people to moon before Mars

Space agency’s new boss says the two missions are far from incompatible
10 May 2018
InSight: Mars rover hunts for answers on Earth’s formation
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InSight: Mars rover hunts for answers on Earth’s formation

The spacecraft will lift off tomorrow on a six-month journey to the red planet
4 May 2018
Blue Origin: what is it and how is it different to SpaceX?
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Blue Origin: what is it and how is it different to SpaceX?

Jeff Bezos’s start-up may one day transport a small group of passengers to sub-orbit
30 Apr 2018
SpaceX to recover rockets using ‘giant party balloon’
SpaceX Falcon 9
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SpaceX to recover rockets using ‘giant party balloon’

Elon Musk’s ‘crazy’ plan aims to reduce substantial cost of space travel
16 Apr 2018
SpaceX sends human sperm to the ISS
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SpaceX sends human sperm to the ISS

Scientists to examine how samples react in low gravity to see if conception could happen in space
3 Apr 2018
Galaxy without dark matter challenges scientific theories
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Galaxy without dark matter challenges scientific theories

NGC1052-DF2 appears to be lacking the mysterious substance
29 Mar 2018
Chinese satellite set to crash over Easter – will it hit me?
Satellite in orbit around earth. Image: ESA
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Chinese satellite set to crash over Easter – will it hit me?

Abandoned space station will burn up and spread large chunks of debris as it re-enters the atmosphere, experts warn
26 Mar 2018
Nasa’s Kepler space telescope nearing end as fuel runs low
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Nasa’s Kepler space telescope nearing end as fuel runs low

Engineers say ‘warning signs’ indicate craft has only a few months left
15 Mar 2018
Nasa unveils asteroid-busting Hammer probe
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Nasa unveils asteroid-busting Hammer probe

Nuclear-armed satellite could save humanity from annihilation by giant space rock
12 Mar 2018
Elon Musk: SpaceX to trial Mars rocket next year
Elon Musk
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Elon Musk: SpaceX to trial Mars rocket next year

Tech tycoon says colonising red planet may save mankind from another ‘Dark Ages’
12 Mar 2018
Nasa wants to send your name to the Sun
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Nasa wants to send your name to the Sun

Star Trek’s William Shatner urges fans to join US space agency’s ‘voyage of extreme exploration’
7 Mar 2018
SpaceX trials in-orbit broadband service
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SpaceX trials in-orbit broadband service

Starlink satellites should provide internet to remote communities
23 Feb 2018
SpaceX delays Falcon 9 launch until Thursday
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SpaceX delays Falcon 9 launch until Thursday

Poor weather conditions prevent rocket from lifting off
21 Feb 2018
SpaceX successfully launches largest rocket to date
SpaceX Falcon Heavy
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SpaceX successfully launches largest rocket to date

The vehicle was carrying an unusual payload
7 Feb 2018
Falcon Heavy: five fast facts about the SpaceX rocket test
Falcon Heavy
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Falcon Heavy: five fast facts about the SpaceX rocket test

World’s most powerful rocket set for launch in Florida today
6 Feb 2018
Falcon Heavy: SpaceX test-fires its largest rocket yet
Falcon Heavy launch
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Falcon Heavy: SpaceX test-fires its largest rocket yet

Elon Musk plans to send the craft on its maiden voyage ‘in a week or so’
25 Jan 2018
Nasa trials nuclear reactor to power settlement on Mars
Nasa nuclear reactor
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Nasa trials nuclear reactor to power settlement on Mars

Compact system designed to sustain long-term human colonisation
19 Jan 2018
SpaceX secret satellite mission branded ‘a total loss’
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SpaceX secret satellite mission branded ‘a total loss’

Zuma craft reportedly burned up in fireball after failing to detach from rocket
9 Jan 2018
Nasa and Google uncover solar system similar to our own
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Nasa and Google uncover solar system similar to our own

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to discover an eighth planet circling a distant star
15 Dec 2017
Supermassive black hole ‘could reveal how universe began’
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Supermassive black hole ‘could reveal how universe began’

Scientists say the discovery challenges current theories
7 Dec 2017
Oumuamua asteroid may reveal how solar systems are formed
’Oumuamua Asteroid
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Oumuamua asteroid may reveal how solar systems are formed

Rare space rock could provide clues about where we came from
21 Nov 2017
Asgardia, the world’s first ‘virtual space nation’
The world's first virtual nation
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Asgardia, the world’s first ‘virtual space nation’

Revolutionary experiment - or one man’s crazy vanity project?
20 Nov 2017
Elon Musk: people on Mars could send Snapchats to Earth
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Elon Musk: people on Mars could send Snapchats to Earth

SpaceX founder says a bespoke internet system may be needed for interplanetary communication
16 Oct 2017
Elon Musk’s SpaceX to send rocket to Mars by 2022
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX to send rocket to Mars by 2022

New ‘BFR’ vehicle could also take passengers anywhere on Earth ‘in under an hour’
29 Sep 2017