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An artist’s impression showcasing how an Australian made rover could contribute to a bigger international exploration program on the Moon. Picture: Supplied

Australia’s historic first moon mission

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Australia is headed to space, signing a NASA deal to deliver a rover that will collect soil samples from the surface of the moon

A couple of astronauts from a team from Europe and Israel walk in spacesuits during a training mission for planet Mars at a site that simulates an off-site station at the Ramon Crater in Mitzpe Ramon in Israel's southern Negev desert on October 10, 2021. - Six astronauts from Portugal, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, and Israel will be cut off from the world for a month, from October 4-31, only able leave their habitat in spacesuits as if they were on Mars. Their mission, the AMADEE-20 Mars simulation, will be carried out in a Martian terrestrial analog and directed by a dedicated Mission Support Center in Austria, to conduct experiments ahead of future human and robotic Mars exploration missions. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Life on Mars simulated in Israeli desert

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A team of scientists and astronauts have created conditions in the Israeli desert to simulate a month-long mission to Mars as part of training for the real thing

Artist’s illustration of NASA’s DART spacecraft and the Italian Space Agency’s LICIACube before the DART impact. CREDITS: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben. For MARTIN GEORGE'S col for the Mercury.

NASA to shoot rocket at asteroid

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A spacecraft will deliberately collide with an asteroid in space as part of a NASA defence technique to protect Earth from impact

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Walk to the moon for kindness

Along the Coogee Beach esplanade messages of kindness and hope from community members has popped up on the fencing. Picture: David Swift
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Kids, schools and communities are being challenged to spread small acts of kindness while walking 382,000km – the distance from Earth to the moon – between now and World Kindness Day

Film crew to make first movie in space

This handout photo taken and released on October 5, 2021 by Russian Space Agency Roscosmos shows Russian crew members, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (C), actress Yulia Peresild (L) and film director Klim Shipenko, shaking hands as their spacesuits are tested prior to the launch onboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome. - A Russian actress and director arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on October 5, 2021 to begin a 12-day mission to make the first movie in orbit. The Russian crew is set to beat a Hollywood project that was announced last year by "Mission Impossible" star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / Russian Space Agency Roscosmos / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ RUSSIAN SPACE AGENCY ROSCOSMOS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Russian movie star Yulia Peresild has beaten Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise into orbit, safely docking at the International Space Station to star in the first film shot in space

First fly-by for Mercury mission

A handout photo made available by the European Space Agency on October 2, 2021 shows a view of Mercury captured on October 1, 2021 by the joint European-Japanese BepiColombo mission as the spacecraft flew past the planet for a gravity assist manoeuvre. (Photo by - / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A joint European-Japanese spacecraft has completed the first of six planned fly-bys of Mercury, using the planet’s gravity to start slowing itself down

SpaceX tourists orbit without astronauts

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 16, 2021 courtesy of Inspiration4 shows the Inspiration4 crew (L-R) Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arceneaux, Christopher Sembroski and Sian Proctor in orbit. - The four private space tourists aboard a SpaceX capsule are due to return to Earth on sEPTEMBER 18, 2021, touching down off the coast of Florida after three days of orbiting the planet. (Photo by Handout / Inspiration4 / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Inspiration4" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A civilian crew has made history in space after successfully orbiting Earth for three days without a single astronaut on board

Space race continues on Mars

(FILES) In this file image released by NASA the drill hole from Perseverance’s second sample-collection attempt can be seen, in this composite of two images taken on September 1, 2021, by one of the rover’s navigation cameras. - NASA has confirmed that its Perseverance rover has succeeded in collecting its first rock sample on Mars. "I've got it!" the space agency tweeted in the early hours of September 6, 2021, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube. NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has successfully collected a rock sample from the Red Planet, while China follows up its own Mars mission with a new prototype

New class of planet could host life

A new type of planet, called hycean planets, has been identified as possible hosts of alien life.
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They are covered by oceans and much bigger and hotter than Earth, but astronomers believe a new class of planet, called hycean planets, could be the key to finding alien life

China’s Mars rover keeps roaming

This illustration shows what the rover should look like on Mars Credit: CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION
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After successfully completing its first 90-day program, China’s red planet rover Zhurong is fully charged and ready to keep rolling

NASA charts course of risky asteroid

(FILES) This NASA file image obtained August 11, 2020 shows an artist's rendering of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft descending towards asteroid Bennu to collect a sample of the asteroid’s surface. - The big day has arrived for the American probe Osiris-Rex: after four years of travel, it will hit the asteroid Bennu on October 20, 2020 to pick up a few tens of grams of dust, a high-precision operation 320 million kilometers away from Earth . (Photo by Handout / NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/GODDARD/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s Osiris-Rex spacecraft is heading home after its mission to collect asteroid samples has helped scientists better understand one of the most hazardous space rocks in our solar system

Wanted: people to live like Martians

This photo provided by ICON and NASA in August 2021 shows a proposal for the Mars Dune Alpha habitat on Mars. To prepare for eventually sending astronauts to Mars, NASA began taking applications Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, for four people to live for a year in Mars Dune Alpha - a 1,700-square-foot Martian habitat, created by a 3D-printer, and inside a building at Johnson Space Center in Houston. The paid volunteers will work a simulated Martian exploration mission complete with spacewalks, limited communications back home, restricted food and resources and equipment failures. Image: ICON/NASA
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NASA is looking for four people to spend a year in a Mars habitat created by a 3D printer here on Earth to help it understand the challenges astronauts will face when they blast off to the red planet

How Pluto lost its place as a planet

KIDS NEWS: Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with color data from the spacecraft's Ralph instrument to create this enhanced color global view of Pluto. Picture: NASA.
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It has been 15 years since Pluto was demoted to dwarf planet status, but some of us who grew up counting nine planets in our solar system are having a hard time letting go

Space tourists hit new heights

VAN HORN, TEXAS - JULY 20: Blue Origin’s New Shepard crew (L-R) Oliver Daemen, Jeff Bezos, Wally Funk, and Mark Bezos pose for a picture after flying into space in the Blue Origin New Shepard on July 20, 2021 in Van Horn, Texas. Mr. Bezos and the crew that flew with him were the first human spaceflight for the company.   Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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American billionaire Jeff Bezos has blasted into space on a reusable rocket that also carried his brother and the oldest and youngest people to visit space

Teenager is bound for space

This undated image courtesy of Oliver Daemen shows the 18-year-old, who will be the youngest astronaut to fly into space as part of the Blue Origin crew - Blue Origin said on July 15, 2021, Daemen, a paying customer, will fly to space on board the company's maiden crewed spaceflight on July 20. (Photo by - / BLUE ORIGIN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Courtesy of Oliver Daemen" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Dutch student Oliver Daemen, 18, is set to become the youngest person to visit space when he blasts off in a capsule next to billionaire Jeff Bezos

NASA finds four ‘teenage’ exoplanets

KIDS NEWS Pictured is TOI 1807 b, the only known planet orbiting the TOI 1807 star and the youngest example yet found of an “ultra-short period planet”, according to experts. Picture: supplied.
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Four new ‘teenage’ planets have been found beyond our solar system by a team of international astrophysicists including from the University of Southern Queensland

Boy genius plans for humans to live forever

Eleven year-old Belgian-Dutch student Laurent Simons poses in Amsterdam on July 6, 2021, after receiving his bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Antwerp. (Photo by ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT
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A degree in quantum physics is nothing compared to the bold ambition of this child genius – just don’t call him ‘Young Einstein’

Billionaire blasts to edge of space

This handout photo courtesy Of Virgin Galactic shows Sir Richard Branson(C) and other Unity 22 crew members at zero gravity, viewed as they flew into space aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel, a voyage he described as the "experience of a lifetime" -- and one he hopes will usher in an era of lucrative space tourism at Spaceport America, near Truth and Consequences, New Mexico on July 11, 2021. - "Congratulations to all our wonderful team at Virgin Galactic for 17 years of hard, hard work to get us this far," he said during a live feed as the VSS Unity spaceship glided back to Spaceport America in New Mexico.It reached a peak altitude of around 53 miles (85 kilometers) -- beyond the boundary of space, according to the United States -- allowing the passengers to experience weightlessness and admire the Earth's curvature.The trip proceeded without drama, and touchdown occurred at around 9:40 am Mountain Time (1540 GMT), about an hour after take-off. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / Virgin Galactic / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /VIRGIN GALATIC/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Thrill-seeking billionaire Sir Richard Branson has reached space aboard his Virgin Galactic spacecraft in a mission that has brought space tourism a step closer

Black hole swallows neutron star

Artist’s impression of a neutron star and black hole about to merge. Credit: Carl Knox, OzGrav-Swinburne University
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Astronomers have for the first time witnessed the collision of a black hole and a neutron star, with Australian scientists playing a leading role in the discovery

Can ET see us from space?

ET character and child actor Henry Thomas in a scene from the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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A new astronomical study has flipped the practice of looking out at our galaxy by asking who might be looking in

How do astronauts clean clothes in space?

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker - wife of Adelaide’s own spacewalker Andy Thomas - departed for the International Space Station in November And took a Crows guernsey with her .  Picture: NASA
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Not even astronauts can avoid the housework forever, as NASA announces plans for a dirty laundry overhaul aboard the International Space Station

Astronauts install new solar panels in space

KIDS NEWS French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) works to complete the installation of a roll out solar array on the International Space Station, June 20, 2021. Picture: NASA.
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It's been a busy week in space as astronauts at the International Space Station install new solar panels and three Chinese astronauts step aboard China’s module for a historic three-month stay

Mystery person buys ticket to space

This undated image provided by Blue Origin shows an illustration of the capsule that will be used to take tourist into space. Space tourism companies are employing designs including winged vehicles, vertical rockets with capsules and high-altitude balloons. While developers envision ultimately taking people to orbiting habitats, the moon or beyond, the immediate future involves short flights into or near the lowest reaches of space without going into orbit.(Blue Origin via AP)
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An unnamed buyer has won an online auction for a trip to space next month on the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s 1969 Moon landing

Squid and water bears blast off into space

Resembling miniature underwater caterpillars, tardigrades boast teeny claws at the end of their legs, hence their "water bear"  nickname.
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Five thousand water bears and 128 glow-in-the-dark baby squid have left Earth aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bound for the science labs of the International Space Station

NASA releases stunning view of Milky Way

Threads of superheated gas and magnetic fields are weaving a tapestry of energy at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. A new image of this new cosmic masterpiece was made using a giant mosaic of data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa.

Picture: NASA

Source: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chandra/images/magnetized-threads-weave-spectacular-galactic-tapestry.html
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An astronomer has spent a year working from home during lockdowns to create a composite image of our galaxy, including billions of stars and countless black holes

Get set for a very special lunar eclipse

A total eclipse of the Moon seen from Tasmania on 8 October 2014. During that eclipse, the Moon remained close to the inner edge of Earth’s shadow. On Wednesday it will be even closer. PHOTO: Martin George
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The first lunar eclipse of 2021 is going to happen on May 26. This is going to be a super lunar event with a supermoon, a lunar eclipse and a red blood moon all at once. Here’s how it happens

China lands probe and rover on Mars

This handout photograph released on February 5, 2021 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) shows an image of Mars captured by China's Mars probe Tianwen-1. (Photo by - / China National Space Administration / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / China National Space Adminstration " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A rover called Zhurong has joined Perseverance and others on the red planet after China became the first country to carry out an orbiting, landing and roving operation in its first mission to Mars

NASA probe ‘touches the Sun’

An artist's impression of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has broken its own record as the fastest man-made object in history as its speed brings it closer and closer to the Sun.

World’s widest plane aces test flight

KIDS NEWS: The Stratolaunch Roc aircraft, a six-engine jet with the world's longest wingspan, completed its second tsr flight, Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Mojave, California. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Hartman.
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Two years after its first flight, the gigantic Stratolaunch aircraft took to the skies for a second time above the Mojave Desert in the US.

Farewell Michael Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut

(FILES) This file NASA handout portrait taken in July 1969 shows US astronaut Michael Collins, part of the Apollo 11 where he served as the command module pilot. - American astronaut Michael Collins, who flew the Apollo 11 command module while his crewmates became the first people to land on the Moon in 1969, died on April 28, 2021 after battling cancer, his family said. "Mike always faced the challenges of life with grace and humility, and faced this, his final challenge, in the same way," Collins' family tweeted on his official Twitter account. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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US astronaut Michael Collins, who piloted the Apollo 11 command module while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first people to walk on the Moon, has died aged 90

Just three per cent of Earth untouched by humans

ESCAPE: Toucan, Peru - uniworld, peru, amazon, rainforest, nature, wildlife, animals, toucan, Bird. Picture: Uniworld
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A new scientific study has found as little as 3 per cent of the world’s land surfaces are still home to their full range of native species and remain unspoilt by human activity

Oxygen extracted from thin Mars air

This NASA photo shows the Perseverance Mars rover in a selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter, seen here about 13 feet (3.9 meters) from the rover, on April 6, 2021, the 46th Martian day, or sol, of the mission and taken by the WATSON (Wide Angle Topographic Sensor for Operations and eNgineering) camera. - NASA is targeting no earlier than Sunday, April 11, for Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s first attempt at powered, controlled flight on another planet. A livestream confirming Ingenuity’s first flight is targeted to begin around 3:30 a.m. EDT Monday, April 12. (Photo by Handout / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA has achieved another first in its mission to Mars, extracting breathable oxygen from the Red Planet’s atmosphere which is made up mostly of carbon dioxide

Mars helicopter takes off on first flight

This NASA photo was taken after the first flight of NASA's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter — and the first powered, controlled flight on another planet,  captured by Mastcam-Z, a pair of zoomable cameras aboard NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, on April 19, 2021. - Flying in a controlled manner on Mars is far more difficult than flying on Earth. Mars has significant gravity (about one-third that of Earth's), but its atmosphere is just 1 percent as dense as Earth's at the surface. Stitched together from multiple images, the mosaic is not white balanced; instead, it is displayed in a preliminary calibrated version of a natural color composite, approximately simulating the colors of the scene that we would see if we were there viewing it ourselves. (Photo by Handout / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/ASU/HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet

Earth safe from asteroid hit

An illustration of a large asteroid impacting Earth. An impact this large would result in the extinction of most all life on Earth. Earth texture maps courtesy of NASA - source http
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An asteroid that had threatened to crash into Earth has been removed from NASA’s ‘risk list’ for at least the next 100 years

Supermoon helps free stuck ship

A picture released by Egypt's Suez Canal Authority on March 29, 2021, shows a man waving the Egyptian flag after Panama-flagged MV 'Ever Given' container ship was fully dislodged from the banks of the Suez. - The ship was refloated and the Suez Canal reopened, sparking relief almost a week after the huge container ship got stuck and blocked a major artery for global trade. Salvage crews have been working around the clock ever since the accident which has been blamed on high winds and poor visibility during a sandstorm. (Photo by - / SUEZ CANAL AUTHORITY / AFP)
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The stars, sun, Earth and moon all aligned in Egypt this week, with the year’s first supermoon bringing the high tide needed to shift the massive ship blocking the Suez Canal

Aussie Dish to support Moon landings

04/07/2019. CSIRO's Parkes Radio Telescope, situated outside the town of Parkes in Western NSW. Ahead of the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing. Pictures received by the telescope of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the lunar surface of the moon were broadcast around the world on 21 July 1969. Britta Campion / The Australian
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Australia’s Parkes telescope will be part of one of the first commercial lunar landings, probably this year. The 64m telescope is valuable for spacecraft tracking due to its large dish surface

Mars helicopter ready to take flight

Illustration of the Ingenuity helicopter on the NASA's Perseverance rover that landed on Mars on February 18, 2021. Image supplied by NASA
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NASA’s mini helicopter, Ingenuity, is set to make history on Mars by taking the first powered flight on another planet

‘Lunar ark’ plan to store species’ DNA on the Moon

A team of University of Arizona researchers has mapped out a plan for a "Lunar Ark" to store the DNA of 6.7 million species on the moon in case a disaster destroys life on Earth. Image: Jekan Thanga
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Scientists have mapped out a plan to store the DNA of 6.7 million species in a “lunar ark” on the Moon in case of a disaster on Earth

The mystery of Mars’ missing oceans

Mars, The Red Planet, imaged using the Hubble Space Telescope. Picture: NASA
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Scientists have a new idea to test out about how Mars went from being a wet world to the desert it is today. Instead of escaping into space, they now believe water was absorbed into the surface

All aboard for faster-than-light travel

(L-r) Chewbacca character with actor Mark Hamill, Alec Guinness and Harrison Ford in the Millennium Falcon in scene from Special Edition "Star Wars" film trilogy. /Films/Titles/Star/Wars
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Spaceships zipping at the speed of light or faster are currently something from science fiction. But a physicist’s new research moves the idea a step closer to being achieved in your lifetime

Free tickets up for grabs for 2023 Moon trip

(FILES) This file photo taken on October 9, 2018 shows Yusaku Maezawa, entrepreneur and then-chief of online fashion company Zozo and SpaceX BFR's first private passenger, poses with a miniature rocket and space helmet prior to start of a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan in Tokyo. - A Japanese billionaire has launched an online wanted ad -- a girlfriend who will fly around the Moon with him on a SpaceX rocket. The deadline to apply is January 17, 2020. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP)
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The worldwide search is on for eight passengers to take a trip around the Moon in 2023 with Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. He will pay the entire cost of the SpaceX flight

Mars rover’s parachute carried secret message

This NASA video frame grab photo released on February 22, 2021 shows what NASA's Mars 2020 Perseverance mission captured in footage of its rover landing in Mars' Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021, the real footage in this video was captured by several cameras that are part of the rover's entry, descent, and landing suite. The views include a camera looking down from the spacecraft's descent stage (a kind of rocket-powered jet pack that helps fly the rover to its landing site), a camera on the rover looking up at the descent stage, a camera on the top of the aeroshell (a capsule protecting the rover) looking up at that parachute, and a camera on the bottom of the rover looking down at the Martian surface. - The US space agency NASA on February 22, 2021 released the first video of the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars. The video clip, lasting three minutes and 25 seconds, showed the deployment of the parachute and the rover's touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet. "These are really amazing videos," said Michael Watkins, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "This is the first time we've ever been able to capture an event like the landing on Mars." (Photo by Lizabeth MENZIES / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The huge parachute used by NASA’s Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message in binary code, thanks to a crossword lover on the spacecraft team having fun

Make some noise Mars, we’re listening

This image provides a global "snapshot" of weather patterns across Mars. Here, bluish-white water ice clouds hang above the Tharsis volcanoes. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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A microphone on NASA’s Perseverance rover has recorded for the first time the sound of another planet. It’s hoped there will be more to hear from Mars soon as the rover gets to work

Space capsule reveals its treasures in Aussie outback

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) mission images showing recovery of the re-entry space capsule following its landing near Woomera, South Australia on December 6, 2020. The capsule carrying samples from a distant asteroid (Ryugu) was dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2. Some images show the heat shield, which has detached from the capsule on release of the parachute. The capsule had a soft landing in a bush. JAXA expedition’s photographer Anthony Gordon. Picture: Anthony Gordon for JAXA
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Australia is set to play a bigger part in international space missions as scientists reveal the treasures collected from a Japanese capsule that returned to Earth near Woomera

NASA rover touches down on Mars

This NASA handout illustration obtained February 16, 2021 shows NASA’s Perseverance rover landing safely on Mars. - After a seven-month journey, NASA's Perseverance rover prepares to touch down on Mars on TFebruary 18, 2021 after first negotiating a risky landing procedure that will mark the start of its multi-year search for signs of ancient microbial life.The Mars 2020 mission, which set off late from Florida in late July, includes the largest ever vehicle to be dispatched to the Red Planet. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars in its mission to look for signs of ancient life on the red planet

Chinese and UAE spacecrafts enter Mars orbit

Artist’s depiction of the Hope spacecraft travelling to Mars. Credit: UAE
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It’s getting busy around Mars, with two spacecraft recently entering the red planet’s orbit and another about to arrive

Listen to the sounds and music of space

This NASA composite image received 22 August 2006, shows the galaxy cluster 1E 0657-56, also known as the |bullet cluster.| A huge collision between two clusters of galaxies has provided the first direct evidence of the existence of the universe's mysterious dark matter, researchers said 22 August.|This is the most energetic cosmic event, besides the Big Bang, which we know about,| said Maxim Markevitch of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This cluster was formed after the collision of two large clusters of galaxies, the most energetic event known in the universe since the Big Bang. Hot gas detected by Chandra in X-rays is seen as two pink clumps in the image and contains most of the |normal,| or b
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You can now hear the sounds of space, according to a NASA project that has assigned musical notes and instruments to the goings-on of two supernovas and a colliding cluster of galaxies

Saturn and Jupiter create special ‘Christmas Star’

A little boy is standing near the window and looking outside, imagining boundless space with myriad of stars
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On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will come so close they will appear to us as a single planet in an event called a grand conjunction. They haven’t come this close since Galileo was alive in the 1600s

Asteroid sample lands safely in South Australia

This handout photograph taken and released by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on December 6, 2020 shows recovery operations of the re-entry capsule, carrying samples collected from a distant asteroid after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2, following its landing in South Australia. (Photo by Handout / JAXA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JAXA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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In a mission described as perfect, a capsule containing a sample of an asteroid that could help unlock some of the mysteries about life on Earth has landed in the South Australian outback

Aussie telescope maps new atlas of the Universe

ASKAP telescope
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In under two weeks the CSIRO’s world-leading radio telescope in Western Australia has created a Google Maps-like atlas or map of our Universe, in the meantime discovering many new galaxies

China launches mission to the Moon

A Long March 5 rocket carrying China's Chang'e-5 lunar probe launches from the Wenchang Space Center on China's southern Hainan Island on November 24, 2020, on a mission to bring back lunar rocks, the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the moon in four decades. - China on Tuesday launched an unmanned spacecraft to bring back lunar rocks -- the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the Moon in four decades. A Long March 5 rocket carrying the Chang'e-5 probe, named after the mythical Chinese moon goddess, blasted off from the Wenchang Space Center on the southern island province of Hainan at 4:30 am (2030 GMT Monday), the official Xinhua news agency reported. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT
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China has launched a spacecraft to collect rocks from the Moon for the first time in more than 40 years. It’s the country’s boldest space mission yet and could lead to a future crewed lunar landing

Asteroid could be Moon’s long-lost twin

Asteroid Vesta orbiting in the outer space as it passes through Mars. 3d render
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A huge space rock hidden behind Mars could be a chunk of the Moon, broken off in a cosmic collision

Astronomers find source of fast radio burst

This image from video animation provided by NASA in November 2020 depicts a powerful X-ray burst erupting from a magnetar – a supermagnetized version of a stellar remnant known as a neutron star. A radio burst detected April 28, 2020, occurred during a flare-up like this on a magnetar called SGR 1935. The radio signal was more powerful than any previously seen in our galaxy. The simultaneous X-ray and radio events implicate magnetars as a likely source of mysterious fast radio bursts observed from other galaxies. (Chris Smith (USRA)/NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center via AP)
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Scientists — with the help of antennae made from actual cake tins — have solved the mystery of what causes fast radio bursts of energy that zip and zigzag through the universe

Plentiful water found on surface of Moon

(FILES) This file photo taken on December 14, 2016 shows a supermoon rising above central London.   According to recent studies published on July 24, 2017 in the magazine Nature Geoscience, the depth of the moon would be containing water.  / AFP PHOTO / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS
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NASA has announced the discovery of surface water on the Moon in more places and in larger quantities than expected, providing drinking water and rocket fuel for future astronaut base camps

Signal troubles on Earth? Move to the Moon

Artist's illustration of Artemis astronauts working on the Moon. Picture: NASA
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If you’re struggling with dodgy phone or internet, there’s a chance you’ll soon be better off on the Moon as NASA awards Nokia the job of building the first lunar mobile network

NASA attempts to snatch asteroid rubble

An artist's impression of the Osiris-REX spacecraft near the asteroid Bennu.  CREDIT: NASA
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UPDATED After almost two years circling the asteroid Bennu hundreds of millions of kilometres away, a NASA spacecraft has attempted to collect a sample from the treacherous, boulder-packed surface

Record fast flight to International Space Station

This NASA handout photo shows Expedition 64 NASA astronaut Kate Rubins seen as she has her Russian Sokol suit pressure checked as she and fellow crewmates Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos prepare for their Soyuz launch to the International Space Station on October 14, 2020, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. - The trio launched at 1:45 a.m. EDT to begin a six-month mission aboard the International Space Station. (Photo by Andrey SHELEPIN / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/GCTC/ANDREY SHELEPIN/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A new crew has arrived at the International Space Station in less time than it takes to catch a plane flight from one side of Australia to the other

Australia agrees to new rules for the Moon

Buzz Aldrin salutes the US flag on the moon.
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Eight countries have agreed to NASA’s new set of Moon rules — banning fighting and littering — based on the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, by which celestial bodies can’t be owned by one country

Starman in a Tesla Roadster car flies past Mars

TOPSHOT - This still image taken from a SpaceX livestream video shows "Starman" sitting in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's cherry red Tesla roadster after the Falcon Heavy rocket delivered it into orbit around the Earth on February 6, 2018. Screams and cheers erupted at Cape Canaveral, Florida as the massive rocket fired its 27 engines and rumbled into the blue sky over the same NASA launchpad that served as a base for the US missions to Moon four decades ago. / AFP PHOTO / SPACEX / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SPACEX" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Elon Musk’s car has just passed Mars after he blasted it into space in 2018. Elsewhere in the solar system, an object thought to be an asteroid is likely a junk NASA rocket wandering since 1966

The planets better suited for life than Earth

An artist’s impression of the ARIEL spacecraft as it heads toward its operational position in 2028. CREDIT: ESA/STFC RAL Space/UCL/Europlanet-Science Office
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Scientists have discovered 24 “superhabitable” planets that are older, larger, warmer and wetter than Earth, making them ideal for life

NASA tests Moon suits for 2024 Artemis mission

The tests include practising picking up Moon rocks and planting an American flag Credit: NASA
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Picking up Moon rocks, fixing a lunar lander and planting an American flag are some of the tasks NASA testers are doing in the new space suits at the bottom of a deep swimming pool

See our neighbour Mars up close in the night sky

This composite image, from NASA Galileo and Mars Global Survey orbiters, of Earth and Mars was created to allow viewers to gain a better understanding of the relative sizes of the two planets. Picture: NASA/JPL
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Mars is the closest it will be to Earth for the next 15 years — just 62.1 million kilometres away — and you should be able to easily spot it without a telescope above Australia throughout October

Titanium toilet blasts off to space station

In this June 18, 2020 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Kate Rubins, center, and support personnel review the Universal Waste Management System, a low-gravity space toilet, in Houston. The new device is scheduled to be delivered to the International Space Station on Oct. 1, 2020. (Norah Moran/NASA via AP)
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Astronauts on the ISS are about to test NASA’s first new space toilet in decades — a $32 million titanium toilet more suitable for women — before its eventual use on the Moon

Reality TV star to win 10-day space trip

In this image released by NASA/Roscosmos, the International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking, on October 4, 2018. - In August 2017, a SpaceX capsule delivered a supercomputer to the International Space Station (ISS). After more than a year of testing, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced on November 1, 2018, that it is opening the system to "over cloud" scientific experiments. (Photo by HO / NASA/Roscosmos / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/Roscosmos" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA has confirmed it is involved in planning for the world’s first reality TV show set in space, with a seat for the winner already booked on a SpaceX Crew Dragon spaceship to the ISS

Venus clouds show signs of possible life

An artist's impression of the Venusian surface for National Geographic TV program ''Earth's Evil Twin'' about planet Venus. (Photo credit: European Space Agency)
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We know humans couldn’t survive the heat and huge pressure on Venus, our closest neighbour. But some form of alien life could be producing an Earth-like gas astronomers have found in its clouds

Scan of 10.3 million stars doesn’t find aliens – yet

The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a low frequency radio telescope in Western Australia, is seen in this undated aerial view released on September 8, 2020. International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR)/Curtin University/Handout via REUTERS NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
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In the broadest search for extraterrestrial life ever completed, scientists have looked for aliens in a scan of more than 10 million stars using a radio telescope in Western Australia

Mighty mice keep muscles in space

Astronaut to Mars
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As humans get ready for long trips to Mars, scientists are working on how to keep them strong and healthy by studying astronaut mice with big muscles sent to the International Space Station

Biggest black hole collision ever detected

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Adelaide scientists are part of the international team celebrating the discovery of the most massive black hole collision and merger ever detected and which happened almost 7 billion years ago

Human-sized wormholes are possible

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Scientists have used quantum mechanics and maths to show that gateways connecting two points in space and time and big enough and stable enough for human travel are theoretically possible

Chirps from space reach Earth again

The CSIRO Parkes Observatory is seen ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, 380km west of Sydney, Friday, July 19, 2019. The Parkes Observatory (also known informally as "The Dish" is a radio telescope observatory, located 20 kilometres north of the town of Parkes, New South Wales, Australia. It was one of several radio antennae used to receive live television images of the Apollo 11 moon landing, on July 20 1969. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
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More mysterious Fast Radio Bursts have made it to Earth from a galaxy three billion light-years away but researchers still don’t know what they are and why they’re coming here

World-first parachute jump from solar plane

TOPSHOT - Initiator of sun-powered stratospheric SolarStratos plane project Raphael Domjan jumps during a successful world record attempt by jumping with a parachute from a solar-powered plane on August 25, 2020 in Payerne, western Switzerland. - The SolarStratos, a sleek, white, two-seater aircraft with long wings, covered with 22 square metres (237 square feet) of solar panels is set to become the first manned solar plane to make a stratospheric flight, according to Raphael Domjan, who is behind the project. (Photo by LAURENT GILLIERON / AFP)
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Inventors working to one day fly a solar-powered plane to the edge of space have performed the first jump and free fall from an electric aircraft

Spaceship heading for Australian Outback

The Hayabusa2 will land in the South Australian outback in December 2020. Picture: Akihiro Ikeshita
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Japan’s space agency will land a capsule carrying samples from a 4.5 billion-year-old asteroid called Ryugu in the South Australian Outback later this year

Ocean world discovered between Mars and Jupiter

NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured pictures in visible and infrared wavelengths, which were combined to create this false-color view of a region in 57-mile-wide (92-kilometer-wide) Occator Crater on the dwarf planet Ceres. Picture: JPL/NASA
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A NASA mission has discovered a saltwater ocean world in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Until now, freezing dwarf planet Ceres was thought to be a barren space rock

NASA to drop harmful space nicknames

In 1787, astronomer William Herschel discovered the Eskimo Nebula. From the ground, NGC 2392 resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. In 2000, the Hubble Space Telescope imaged the Eskimo Nebula (about 5000 light-years away). From space, the nebula displays gas clouds so complex they are not fully understood. The inner filaments visible above are being ejected by strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year long orange filaments - space
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The US space agency will stop using the nicknames of some cosmic objects — such as NGC 2392, the “Eskimo Nebula” — in an effort to address discrimination and inequality

Penguin poop images from space reveal new Antarctic colonies

The smudges on the ice show the existence of an emperor penguin colony. Image taken from the European Commission’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite
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New satellite images of emperor penguin droppings have revealed a surprising number of colonies in Antarctica, where the flightless birds are under threat from global warming

How the Martian ice age shaped the red planet

Ancient Mars may have been covered in a huge ice sheet Credit: NASA
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Mars was once covered in ice sheets that carved out thousands of giant valleys in the same way as on Earth, challenging previous theories of Mars as a warm, wet planet covered in oceans

NASA’s Perseverance rover joins race to Mars

This NASA photo shows a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover onboard as it launches from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, on July 30, 2020, from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. - The Perseverance rover is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. (Photo by Joel KOWSKY / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/JOEL KOWSKY/HANDOUT " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The Perseverance rover has joined spacecraft from the United Arab Emirates and China on the 480 million kilometre journey to Mars

Virgin Galactic reveals space cabin design

Image courtesy of Virgin Galactic obtained July 28, 2020 shows the Virgin Galactic spaceship cabin design and seats. - Virgin Galactic revealed the cabin interior of its first SpaceshipTwo vehicle, VSS Unity in a virtual livestreamed event on Tuesday. Each seat has been engineered to match the dynamism of the flight. A pilot-controlled recline mechanism, optimally positions astronauts to manage G- forces on boost and re-entry and frees up cabin space to maximize an unrestricted astronaut float zone when in zero gravity. (Photo by Handout / Virgin Galactic/The Spaceship Company / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / VIRGIN GALACTIC " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  - NO ARCHIVES
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For $350,000, passengers flying to space on a 90-minute Virgin Galactic joy ride will be able to see themselves floating weightless against the backdrop of the Earth below

China’s Mars mission blasts off

TOPSHOT - A Long March-5 rocket, carrying an orbiter, lander and rover as part of the Tianwen-1 mission to Mars, lifts off from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre in southern China's Hainan Province on July 23, 2020. (Photo by Noel CELIS / AFP)
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It’s getting busy on the way to Mars, with China joining the United Arab Emirates to launch a mission to the red planet and NASA preparing to send off its Perseverance rover

Scientists find active volcanoes on Venus

A FALSE colour image of planet Venus, without cloud cover, as mapped by radar by the US Magellan spacecraft. planets space astronomy
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New research has discovered 37 active or recently active volcanic structures on Venus, evidence that our hot, toxic neighbour isn’t the dormant planet we thought it was

Mars mission headlines big week in space news

In this handout photograph taken and released on July 20, 2020 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries an H-2A rocket carrying the Hope Probe known as "Al-Amal" in Arabic, developed by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to explore Mars, blasts off from Tanegashima Space Centre in southwestern Japan. - The first Arab space mission to Mars blasted off on July 20 aboard a rocket from Japan, with the probe dubbed "Hope" successfully separating about an hour after liftoff. (Photo by Handout / Mitsubishi Heavy Industries / AFP) / --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / (MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES)" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---
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UAE launched its first mission to Mars on Monday as it strives to reduce the country’s reliance on selling oil. On the ISS, NASA astronauts complete a space walk and prepare to head home

Tassie time lapse of our Milky Way galaxy

Fergus Gregory's photo of Ben Lomond, Tasmania and the Milky Way. Picture: Instagram/@fergtas
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A beginner astrophotographer has braved Tasmania’s freezing winter nights to capture the Milky Way’s dance across the night sky in some of the state’s most picturesque locations

Race is on to reach the Red Planet

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 25, 2019 (FILES) In this file photo taken on September 25, 2019 a man takes a picture of an illustration depicting an astronaut with the Emirati national flag outside Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai. - The first Arab space mission to Mars, set for launch next month to study the Red Planet's atmosphere, is designed to inspire the region's youth and pave the way for scientific breakthroughs, officials said on June 9, 2020. (Photo by KARIM  SAHIB / AFP)
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Traffic is about to get busy on the interplanetary route between Earth and Mars as three rival missions leave Earth during July in time for the next Earth-Mars Close Approach in October

NASA needs inventors to design a new space toilet

NASA wants someone to design a space toilet for use in lunar gravity. Picture: NASA/HeroX
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As part of its planning for a 2024 mission to the Moon, NASA has launched a competition offering almost $30,000 for the design of a space toilet that works in lunar gravity

Get set for a ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse

An annular solar eclipse creates a "ring of fire" in the skies over China in 2010. Picture: Getty
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Northern Australia is about to be treated to a special kind of solar eclipse, when the Moon moves in front of the Sun and blocks our view of the centre of our star. Here’s how to see it happen

36 alien races could live in Milky Way

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Astronomers now believe there are 36 advanced alien civilisations living in the Milky Way and able to send radio signals, assuming that intelligent life on other planets is similar to humans

Discovery of Earth-like habitable planet

An artist rendition released by the European Space Agency on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 shows the main bodies of the solar system, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Earth, from left in foreground, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars, from left in background. The Moon, the Earth's natural satellite, is seen at right in foreground, as the relative size of the orbits of the planets is not respected. Nearby planet Venus is looking a bit more Earth-like with frequent bursts of lightning confirmed by a new European space probe. For nearly three decades, astronomers have said Venus probably had lightning, ever since a 1978 NASA probe showed signs of electrical activity in its atmosphere. But experts were not sure because of signal interference. (AP
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An exoplanet that orbits a star just like our Sun could be the most similar to Earth ever found, which has scientists thinking it could liveable.

Origami-inspired home for life on the Moon

This origami-inspired moon home is set to be tested later this year.   The Lunark is a compact habitat designed to fold down to a size that allows easy transportation.   The idea is the brainchild of two Danish space architects who say they have "a dream of making outer space accessible for everyone.”   Sebastian Aristotelis and Karl-Johan Sørensen are currently crowdfunding to carry out a 3-month simulated moon mission in the harsh climate of Northern Greenland.   They explain: “Small and compact habitats are critical both for future Moon missions and for Greenland, however, people need space to live. We have spent over 12 months developing this unique expanding design to save space during transport and maximize space after deployment.   “With thousands of hours spent designing, researching, and prototyping, we are now ready to build our LUNARK Habitat - a simulated Moon habitat for research, with the aim that it one day can sustain life on the Moon. Isolated and confined in one of the harshest climates on Earth, we will test our Habitat, enduring -30°C, hurricane winds, and hungry polar bears when we venture on our most extreme project to date.    “In the fall of 2020, we will embark on a journey to Northern Greenland to carry out a 3-month simulated Moon mission. We will live in complete solitude, cut off from the rest of the world, to test the architecture, ourselves, and technologies for future Moon missions.   They say the test will be valuable as it will provide “real stress”. They explain: “Current analogue missions carried out by the space industry often have a major limitation - they do not involve real danger. Arctic Greenland is one of the most Moon-like places on Earth. A strange, desolate white planet. By going there we don't have to pretend. It will feel real.”   Crowdfund link: https://bit.ly/3bg9yPT  When: 06 May 2019 Credit: SAGA Space Architects/Cover Images  **Editorial use only VIDEO AVAILABLE: info@cover-images.com**
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Architects who designed a foldable origami habitat called Lunark for humans for living on the Moon and other harsh environments are preparing to test it out later this year

What it takes to become an astronaut

This undated photo made available by SpaceX shows NASA astronaut Bob Behnkin during training exercises in Hawthorne, Calif. (Ashish Sharma via AP)
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The SpaceX launch of two NASA astronauts is getting a lot of people excited about space travel. But becoming an astronaut requires much more than just enthusiasm. Here’s how to succeed

Big asteroids zooming ‘close’ by Earth

asteroid 2000 QW7, a diameter twice the height of the Eureka Tower will make a 'near pass' by Earth tomorrow (Saturday).
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Four asteroids have zoomed past Earth this week at 80,000kmh, one thought to be about 44m wide. NASA had put them all on its ‘close approach’ list, but there’s no risk they’ll crash into us

Astronauts into orbit on history-making space flight

TOPSHOT - This handout photo released by NASA shows NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken, wearing SpaceX spacesuits, are seen as they depart the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building for Launch Complex 39A during a dress rehearsal prior to the Demo-2 mission launch, Saturday, May 23, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. - NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. launch, Saturday, May 23, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The test flight serves as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Behnken and Hurley are scheduled to launch at 4:33 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 27, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. (Photo by Bill INGALLS / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /NASA/Bill Ingalls  " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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UPDATED Two NASA astronauts have launched in a SpaceX rocket and arrived safely at the ISS, the first time in nearly a decade that the US has launched astronauts into orbit from the US

Astronomers watch birth of a new planet

A handout photo released on May 18, 2020 by the European Southern Observatory shows the disc around the young AB Aurigae star, where ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has spotted signs of planet birth. - Close to the centre of the image, in the inner region of the disc, we see the 'twist' (in very bright yellow) that scientists believe marks the spot where a planet is forming. This twist lies at about the same distance from the AB Aurigae star as Neptune from the Sun.  The image was obtained with the VLT's SPHERE instrument in polarised light. (Photo by - / European Southern Observatory / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /EUROPEAN SOUTHERN OBSERVATORY/Boccaletti et al" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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For the first time, astronomers have watched what they believe was the birth of a new planet, seen within a huge disk of gas and dust surrounding a newly formed star bigger than our Sun

Human urine could help make concrete on Moon

The full moon sets behind trees in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, May 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Scientists have found that urea, the main chemical ingredient in urine, would make a good lunar concrete for building a Moon base, reducing the need to launch supplies from Earth

Astronomers find closest black hole to Earth

This illustration provided by the European Southern Observatory in May 2020 shows the orbits of the objects in the HR 6819 triple system. The group is made up of an inner binary with one star, orbit in blue, and a newly discovered black hole, orbit in red, as well as a third star in a wider orbit, blue. The team originally believed there were only two objects, the two stars, in the system. However, as they analysed their observations, they revealed a third, previously undiscovered body in HR 6819: a black hole, the closest ever found to Earth, about 1000 light years away. The black hole is invisible, but it makes its presence known by its gravitational pull, which forces the luminous inner star into an orbit. The objects in this inner pair have roughly the same mass and circular orbits. (L. Calçada/ESO via AP)
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Two stars dancing in the night sky and visible without a telescope have led astronomers to find a black hole so close to Earth it’s “just around the corner” in space terms

Football-sized chunk of the Moon for sale

A piece of Moon rock
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One of the largest Moon rocks on Earth is up for sale, probably chipped off the surface of the Moon by a collision with an asteroid or comet and then plunging down in the Sahara Desert

Halley’s comet dust trail lights up night sky

Moon rising on Tuesday May 7 2013 - Photographer Grant Schwartzkopff - searching for Halley's Comet meteor shower.
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Ancient debris from Halley’s comet will zoom across the night sky this week, creating the eta Aquariid meteor shower with up to 20 meteors an hour to watch out for

Aussie helps build ‘time machine’ to study Big Bang

Big Bang Theory. Source: Thinkstock.
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An Australian-made radio telescope is preparing to look back 13 billion years in time to the Big Bang and discover the secrets of our universe. It will be the closest thing we have to a time machine

Best pictures to celebrate Hubble’s happy birthday

NASA has released images to celebrate Hubble's 30th year
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The Hubble Space Telescope has reached its 30th year in orbit and we’re celebrating with a look at some of Hubble’s best photos of our incredible universe. Which is your favourite?

Lyrid meteor shower to light up the night sky

A composite image of meteors in the Lyrid shower over the US state of Texas in 2012. Picture: NASA
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One of the world’s oldest meteor showers is taking place again in our night sky this week. You will be able to see the glorious Lyrid meteor shower at its best tonight at your place

NASA reveals high-resolution photos of the Sun

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire unveil highest-ever resolution images of the Sun from NASA's solar sounding rocket mission.NASA/UCLan
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A space telescope has taken the most detailed photos of the Sun, revealing surface spots filled with plasma strands hundreds of kilometres long and as hot as a million degrees Celsius