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27th November 2022

Photochemistry is confirmed on an exoplanet

For the first time, photochemistry is confirmed to be happening on a planet beyond our own Solar System. The James Webb Space Telescope has detected a range of signatures, including sulfur dioxide.

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26th November 2022

Australia's first rocket planned for 2023

A new rocket, called Eris, could become the first Australian-made spacecraft to reach orbit.

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21st November 2022

Star found to have solid surface

Astronomers using the IXPE space observatory report that a magnetar found 13,000 light-years away has a solid surface with no atmosphere.

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6th November 2022

Closest known black hole discovered

The discovery of Gaia BH1, a binary system containing what is likely the closest known black hole to Earth, is reported by astronomers in the U.S.

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22nd October 2022

New simulation reveals Moon formed in hours

A new simulation by NASA shows that the Moon likely formed within a matter of hours, as opposed to earlier theories that propose a much longer period of months or years.

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3rd September 2022

James Webb takes its first direct image of an exoplanet

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured its first images of a planet beyond our own Solar System.

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27th August 2022

First detection of CO2 in atmosphere of exoplanet

The James Webb Space Telescope has captured the first clear evidence for carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere of a planet beyond our Solar System.

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10th August 2022

Super-Earth found "skimming" habitable zone of red dwarf

The discovery of a super-Earth around the red dwarf Ross 508 is reported by astronomers in Japan. Part of the planet's elliptical orbit takes it within the star's habitable zone, where liquid water may exist.

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26th July 2022

First commercial payload to Mars could launch in 2024

A new company, led by a SpaceX founding member, aims to deliver the first commercial payload to the surface of Mars – using a fully reusable, entirely 3D printed launch vehicle.

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12th July 2022

First images from the James Webb Space Telescope

Following several months of testing and configuration, the first suite of images has been released from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

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24th June 2022

NASA plans nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

NASA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are collaborating to advance space-based nuclear technologies.

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27th May 2022

Asteroid mining company raises $13m

AstroForge, a new asteroid mining startup, emerged from stealth mode this week.

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13th May 2022

First image of black hole at Milky Way's core

Astronomers have revealed the first image of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy.

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4th May 2022

Major advance in microwave power beaming

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of terrestrial microwave power beaming by transmitting 1.6 kilowatts (kW) over a distance of 1 kilometre (km) – the most significant advance for this technology in nearly 50 years.

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21st April 2022

Report recommends future NASA missions

The latest Planetary Science Decadal Survey has been published. The future mission recommendations for NASA include a Uranus orbiter in the mid-2040s and the Enceladus Orbilander in the 2050s.

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11th April 2022

New records for most distant planet, star, galaxy

The most distant exoplanet discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope (17,000 light years), the most distant individual star (12.9 billion ly), and the most distant galaxy ever seen (13.5 billion ly) have all been reported.

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28th March 2022

5,000th exoplanet is confirmed

The number of known planets beyond our Solar System has crossed the 5,000 milestone, following the addition of 65 newly confirmed worlds to NASA's Exoplanet Archive.

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2nd March 2022

NASA to fund research into future technology concepts

NASA has announced its latest selections for the Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, which funds research into long-term concepts that may be feasible over the next 10 to 40 years.

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