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19th February 2019

Massive collision in the planetary system Kepler-107

Two extrasolar planets orbiting the star Kepler-107 are likely the result of an impact similar to that which made the Earth produce our Moon.

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17th February 2019

Harpoon successfully captures space debris

The RemoveDEBRIS satellite, one of the world's first attempts to address the build-up of dangerous space debris, has successfully used its on-board harpoon-capture system in orbit.

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15th February 2019

Asteroid mining colonies are technically feasible

Researchers conclude that a hypothetical 500-metre asteroid with its interior hollowed out could provide suitable conditions for a mining colony.

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4th February 2019

Near-Earth asteroids could provide a billion tons of water resources

A new study of asteroids published by the American Geophysical Union reveals a potential abundance of water resources in the vicinity of Earth.

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24th January 2019

A plan to start mining on the Moon by 2025

ArianeGroup has signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) to examine the possibility of going to the Moon before 2025 and starting to mine the regolith.

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14th January 2019

First direct evidence that white dwarfs form crystal cores

The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers. Our own Sun will meet this fate in 10 billion years.

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11th January 2019

Interstellar "precursor" mission could reach 1,000 AU by 2080

Scientists are proposing a mission to the inner Oort cloud that would launch by 2030 and reach it within 50 years.

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20th December 2018

Newly found object is the most distant known in our Solar System

Astronomers led by Scott Sheppard have announced the discovery of 2018 VG18 – nicknamed "Farout" – the most distant body ever observed in the Solar System at approximately 120 AU.

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14th December 2018

Voyager 2 has left the Solar System

Voyager 2 is now confirmed to have left the Solar System for interstellar space, six years after its sister probe, Voyager 1.

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4th December 2018

NASA probe reaches asteroid Bennu

NASA has confirmed the arrival of OSIRIS-REx at the carbonaceous asteroid Bennu after a two-year journey. It will return a sample to Earth in 2023.

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27th November 2018

NASA InSight probe arrives on Mars

NASA confirms that the InSight Lander arrived successfully on the planet Mars, returning two images.

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