Space

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
SpaceX BFR
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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
SpaceX releases explosive video of its rocket failures
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SpaceX releases explosive video of its rocket failures

Billionaire says it was a ‘long road’ before the firm successfully landed a booster
15 Sep 2017
Cassini: Best photos from Nasa’s 13-year mission to Saturn
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Cassini: Best photos from Nasa’s 13-year mission to Saturn

Probe set to self-destruct with plunge towards Saturn after 20 years in space
15 Sep 2017
Cassini probe: Incredible images from Saturn mission
Cassini
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Cassini probe: Incredible images from Saturn mission

15 Sep 2017
Record-breaking Peggy Whitson lands back on Earth
Peggy Whitson
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Record-breaking Peggy Whitson lands back on Earth

Whitson's 665 cumulative days in space are the most of any Nasa astronaut in history
4 Sep 2017
Scientists create 'diamond rain' to study frozen planets
Neptune Diamond rain
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Scientists create 'diamond rain' to study frozen planets

These rocks won't fit on your ring as you'll need a 'lab-grade' microscope to see them
29 Aug 2017
Nasa satellite brushes Saturn's atmosphere
Saturn, Cassini satellite
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Nasa satellite brushes Saturn's atmosphere

Spacecraft completes first ultra-close dive near planet as end of its mission approaches
14 Aug 2017
The secret planet Nibiru and 5 other space conspiracies
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The secret planet Nibiru and 5 other space conspiracies

After two false alarms, the giant rogue planet is back to threaten life on Earth
9 Aug 2017
Africa joins space race: Should Ghana be over the moon?
Mir Space Station
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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
Nasa job advert: Defender of the Earth - experience needed
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Nasa job advert: Defender of the Earth - experience needed

Space agency offers $187,000 post protecting the world from alien microbes
3 Aug 2017
Elon Musk's Boring Company trials 'car elevator'
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a press conference during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016./ AFP / HECTOR GUERRERO(Photo credit
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Elon Musk's Boring Company trials 'car elevator'

Vehicles would be lowered on an 'electric sled' and transported through a tunnel network
27 Jul 2017
Are we made up of alien atoms?
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Are we made up of alien atoms?

Study suggests half of all matter in the Milky Way came from another galaxy
27 Jul 2017
SpaceX finally launches rocket on third attempt
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SpaceX finally launches rocket on third attempt

Elon Musk announces successful deployment of Intelsat 35e satellite
6 Jul 2017
SpaceX launches rocket capable of multiple flights
SpaceX Falcon 9
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SpaceX launches rocket capable of multiple flights

Upgraded craft 'capable of an indefinite number of flights with no service', says Elon Musk
26 Jun 2017
New Neptune-like planet could be giant water world
Neptune
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New Neptune-like planet could be giant water world

Astronomers hail 'big breakthrough' that could help explain how our solar system was formed
12 May 2017
Asteroid the size of Gibraltar to pass Earth
Asteroid passes earth
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Asteroid the size of Gibraltar to pass Earth

2014 J025 is nearly a mile wide and is hurtling through space at 73mph
19 Apr 2017
SpaceX successfully launches used rocket into orbit
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at Kennedy Space Center
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SpaceX successfully launches used rocket into orbit

Chief executive Elon Musk hails 'a huge revolution in spaceflight'
31 Mar 2017
Russia launches recruitment drive for Moon mission
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Russia launches recruitment drive for Moon mission

Space agency is looking for six to eight astronauts for 2031 voyage
15 Mar 2017
'Moon tourists' sign up for SpaceX flight
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'Moon tourists' sign up for SpaceX flight

Two private citizens likely to be paying millions for chance to fly around the moon
28 Feb 2017
Nasa discovers solar system that may support alien life
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Nasa discovers solar system that may support alien life

Seven Earth-like planets found orbiting 'ultracool dwarf star' star known as Trappist-1
23 Feb 2017
Astronaut Tim Peake to return to space
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Astronaut Tim Peake to return to space

UK's first official astronaut says he 'misses the view of planet Earth'
26 Jan 2017
Why did we stop walking on the moon?
Gene Cernan
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Why did we stop walking on the moon?

Cost, danger and changing technology put an end to the legendary Apollo missions
17 Jan 2017
How to see the Orionid Meteor Shower
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How to see the Orionid Meteor Shower

Look up and you could be in for a 'celestial fireworks display' as a host of shooting stars whizz over Earth
21 Oct 2016
ExoMars mission: Schiaparelli feared lost on Mars
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ExoMars mission: Schiaparelli feared lost on Mars

European Space Agency waits for news from space probe after losing contact minutes before it was due to land
20 Oct 2016
Obama calls for manned mission to Mars by 2030s
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Obama calls for manned mission to Mars by 2030s

US President to meet scientists, engineers and students this week to 'dream up ways to find the next frontiers'
12 Oct 2016
Rosetta: 'Rock and roll' space mission crashes to an end
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Rosetta: 'Rock and roll' space mission crashes to an end

Spacecraft touches down on comet 67P as European Space Agency says goodbye to 20-year project
30 Sep 2016
Nasa spots evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa
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Nasa spots evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa

Jets of spouting vapour from the icy shell could be tested for signs of life beyond Earth, say scientists
27 Sep 2016
Stephen Hawking urges inquiry into Jeremy Hunt's NHS claims
Stephen Hawking
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Stephen Hawking urges inquiry into Jeremy Hunt's NHS claims

Professor joins scientists and doctors in saying evidence is shaky and 'cherry-picked'
16 Sep 2016
HD 164595: Mystery signal excites alien hunters
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HD 164595: Mystery signal excites alien hunters

Experts urge caution after radio waves are detected from Sun-like star that lies 94 light years away from Earth
31 Aug 2016
Proxima b: Is Earth 2.0 right on our doorstep?
Proxima b
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Proxima b: Is Earth 2.0 right on our doorstep?

Newly discovered planet has been hiding right under our noses – and it could support life
25 Aug 2016
No Man's Sky: What is it and best tips
No Man's Sky
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No Man's Sky: What is it and best tips

Lost in space? Here are some pointers that will quickly have you up and running
19 Aug 2016
Nasa's most extraordinary images from 2016
Namib on Mars is the first active sand dune investigated up close outside of planet Earth
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Nasa's most extraordinary images from 2016

The US space agency has released hundreds of eye-catching images - here are some of the best
20 Jul 2016
Juno: Nasa spacecraft sends first images from Jupiter orbit
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Juno: Nasa spacecraft sends first images from Jupiter orbit

Detailed photos reveal gas planet's famous Great Red Spot and three of its moons
13 Jul 2016