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Life on Mars? Europe commits to groundbreaking mission to bring back rocks to Earth

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It will be one of the most daunting, complicated and, potentially, scientifically rewarding missions ever undertaken to the red planet. Ministers at a recent meeting of the European Space Agency (ESA) have fully committed to plans to collect samples from the surface of Mars and return them to...

Methane on Mars: a new discovery or just hot air?

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The discovery of life on Mars would get pretty much everyone excited. The scientists hunting for it would probably be happy no matter what the outcome of their search – whether life turned out to extinct, dormant or extent. They’d even consider finding no evidence of life whatsoever...

Sabre engine put through its paces

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Reaction Engine's Sabre engine - part jet, part rocket - is set to be put through its paces over the coming months. The hypersonic engine could potentially reduce the trip time from London to Syndey from twenty-two hours to just four hours. The European Space Agency has...

Want to name the next Mars Rover?

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The ESA's 2020 ExoMars rover is due to land on Mars in the spring of 2021. The UK Space Agency wants you to name it. An existing rover - 'Bruno' - at Airbus HQ The ExoMars rover mission will be exploring the makeup of Mars. It will carry...

ESA’s Gaia mission produces richest star map of our galaxy to date

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The ESA released data from its Gaia mission today. The new star map is the richest data catalogue ever produced. The map includes high-precision measurements of almost 1.7 billion stars and has uncovered unseen details of our home Galaxy that have never been seen before. The release of...

National Geographic reveal 3D, 360-degree video tour of the International Space Station

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As a part of its a documentary series - "One Strange Rock" - the National Geographic Channel has created a 360-degree VR tour of the International Space Station National Geographic Channel has revaled th The stunning 'experience' follows astronauts aboard ISS as they share their thinking on...