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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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23rd November 2018

India seeks proposals for Venus mission in 2023

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced plans to send an unmanned probe to Venus in 2023 and has invited scientists from around the world to submit proposals for onboard equipment.

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20th November 2018

NASA confirms landing site for Mars 2020 rover

NASA has chosen Jezero crater as the landing site for its 2020 rover, which is to launch on 17th July 2020, and touch down on Mars on 18th February 2021.

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15th November 2018

Planet found orbiting Barnard's Star

Astronomers report the discovery of a "Super-Earth" just six light years from our Solar System.

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7th November 2018

Ancient star suggests Milky Way is older than thought

Astronomers report the discovery of a tiny "ultra metal-poor" star, possibly one of the very first stars, which consists almost entirely of materials released from the Big Bang. Its location in the Milky Way suggests that our galaxy may be three billion years older than previously thought.

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28th October 2018

Future "superhumans" predicted in Stephen Hawking's final essays

In this book, Stephen Hawking leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions. He makes predictions on the future of humanity, including a race of "superhumans" that could emerge as people choose to upgrade themselves.

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5th October 2018

"Runaway" stars found hurtling towards Milky Way

Astronomers report the discovery of rogue, high-velocity stars hurtling towards the Milky Way, possibly originating from another galaxy.

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3rd October 2018

New extremely distant object found beyond Pluto

The discovery of a trans-Neptunian object in the outermost part of our Solar System may help to explain some apparent effects of a hypothetical planet named Planet Nine (or Planet X).

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28th September 2018

First video from the surface of an asteroid

The Japanese Hayabusa2 probe, which arrived at 162173 Ryugu back in June, has returned the first ever video clip from the surface of an asteroid.

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21st September 2018

Nuclear pasta is hardest known substance in the universe

A team of scientists has calculated the strength of the material deep inside the crust of neutron stars and found it to be the strongest known material in the universe – 10 billion times harder to break than steel.

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18th September 2018

SpaceX rocket will send a passenger around the Moon in 2023

SpaceX has confirmed that it will deliver a paying passenger on a trip around the Moon, using its planned "Big Falcon Rocket" (BFR) by 2023.

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21st August 2018

Work begins on Giant Magellan Telescope

Groundbreaking has started on the Giant Magellan Telescope in Chile. It is expected to be operational by 2024.

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20th August 2018

Water worlds may be common in our galaxy

New research concludes that water is likely to be a common feature of exoplanets between two and four times the size of Earth, with implications for the search of life in our Galaxy.

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6th August 2018

Astronomers find "magnetic powerhouse" in local stellar neighbourhood

Astronomers report the detection of an extremely strong magnetic field and aurora around a brown dwarf, which may possibly be a rogue planet, located 20 light years from Earth.

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5th August 2018

Patrick Stewart to return as Jean-Luc Picard in new Star Trek TV series

Sir Patrick Stewart – who appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1987-1994, followed by four Star Trek movies – is to reprise his role as Jean-Luc Picard in an upcoming TV series.

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1st August 2018

Mars terraforming not possible with current technology

A study by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has concluded that terraforming of Mars is physically impossible with present-day technology.

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25th July 2018

Large underground lake found on Mars

Scientists report the discovery, based on radar studies, of a subglacial lake on Mars, 1.5 km (0.93 mi) below the southern polar region and extending sideways about 20 km (12 mi), the first known stable body of water on the planet.

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