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17th April 2019

NASA reveals future technology concepts

NASA has announced funding for 18 studies to determine the feasibility of early-stage technologies that could one day change what's possible in space.

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11th April 2019

Public invited to help name largest unnamed world in our Solar System

More than 10 years since its discovery, 2007 OR10 is the largest minor planet in our solar system without a name, and the three astronomers who discovered it want the public's help to change that.

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10th April 2019

First ever image of a black hole

Scientists have today announced the first ever image of a black hole, located 54 million light years away in the centre of the M87 galaxy.

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7th April 2019

Mars rover captures two solar eclipses

NASA has released animated images of solar eclipses by the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos, as viewed by the Curiosity rover.

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1st April 2019

First direct detection of exoplanet using optical interferometry

ESO astronomers, employing the GRAVITY instrument on their Very Large Telescope, have announced the first direct detection of an exoplanet, HR 8799 e, using optical interferometry.

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27th March 2019

NASA ordered to return astronauts to the Moon by 2024

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has ordered NASA to fly Americans to the Moon within five years, using government or private carriers.

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6th March 2019

Asteroids may be harder to destroy than previously thought

Incoming asteroids may be harder to break apart than scientists previously thought, based on a study that revises our understanding of rock fracture and a new computer model to simulate asteroid collisions.

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25th February 2019

Synthetic DNA expands genetic alphabet from four to eight

Scientists have announced a new form of DNA composed of four natural and four unnatural nucleobases. The benefits of such an eight-base DNA system may include an enhanced ability to store digital data, as well as insights into what may be possible in the search for extraterrestrial life.

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23rd February 2019

Privately funded Moon mission blasts off

SpaceIL has launched its Beresheet probe, the world's first privately financed mission to the Moon.

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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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