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Mission to Mars

Monday, 21 October 2013

Kevin Orrman-Rossiter reviews a selection of books about how we might fulfil the dream of manned voyages to the Red Planet.


Blinded Kepler: all is not lost

Monday, 2 September 2013

NASA’s planet-spotter may be irreparably damaged but the data it has collected will be of use for years to come.


Galactic ghosts

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Floating, seemingly serenely, in the vastness of interstellar space are numerous ethereal clouds of gas and dust, the unearthly remains of dead and dying stars and the raw materials from which a new generation of stars and planets will be born. But don’t be fooled – their apparent beauty and tranquility belies their violent origins.

Image of the Moon, from NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL

Moon may harbour alien minerals

Monday, 27 May 2013

Minerals found in craters on the Moon may be remnants of asteroids that slammed into it and not, as long believed, the Moon’s innards exposed by such impacts, according to a new study.

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Europa Spring

Monday, 20 May 2013 - 1 comment

The Margarita Sushi Bar is expensive. I hook my prosthetic fins over the mooring bar as I wait and order beer; the green stuff is delivered in a sachet.

A Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, carrying a Bion-M satellite rises at a launch pad in the Russian-leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome on April 18, 2013. Credit: AFP

Mice, gerbils perish in Russia space flight

Monday, 20 May 2013

A number of mice and eight gerbils sent into space in a Russian capsule destined to find out how well organisms can withstand extended flights perished during their journey, scientists said as the month-long mission touched back down on Earth.

Four images from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory of an X3.2-class flare from late at night on May 13, 2013. Credit: NASA/SDO/em>

Sun unleashes four potent solar flares

Thursday, 16 May 2013

The Sun has unleashed four potent solar flares this week, marking the most intense activity yet this year and causing limited interruptions to high-frequency radio communications.

Composite image of Earth and Mars created to show the relative sizes of the two planets. Credit: NASA / JPL

Mars exploration achievable, experts say

Monday, 6 May 2013

NASA and private sector experts now agree that a man or woman could be sent on a mission to Mars over the next 20 years, despite huge challenges.

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Space experiment sheds light on immune struggles

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

A lab experiment that rode to space two years ago has offered new clues about why astronauts’ immune systems struggle to perform in zero gravity, U.S. military researchers said.

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The art of physics

Monday, 22 April 2013

Julian Berengut’s research into the fundamental physics of the universe goes beyond pure science and into philosophical questions of human existence, he says.


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