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Scotland chosen for first UK spaceport

A peninsula on Scotland’s north coast has been chosen for the site of the first UK spaceport. Vertical rocket and satellite launches are planned from the A’Mhoine peninsula in Sutherland which the...
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SpaceX delivery to astronauts includes a robot, ice cream and mice

The SpaceX delivery reached the International Space Station three days after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The International Space Station has received its first robot with artificial intelligence, along with some berries,...
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Hayabusa2 space explorer arrives at asteroid – 170 million miles from Earth

A Japanese space explorer, Hayabusa2, has arrived at an asteroid after a three-and-a-half-year journey and now begins its real work of trying to blow a crater to collect samples to eventually...
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Whoops. SpaceX launch melts camera

The camera, set up by a NASA photographer, could not complete its mission as flames from a small brush fire barbecued it. When NASA launched a SpaceX rocket last week, it is...
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A NASA helicopter is off to Mars

A small autonomous NASA helicopter will be on the next rover mission to Mars. The US space agency revealed the NASA helicopter will be carried aboard the Mars 2020 rover as a...
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Tess spacecraft on quest to find new planets

The Tess spacecraft will scan almost the entire sky for at least two years. NASA’s Tess spacecraft has blasted off on a quest to find new worlds around neighbouring stars that could...
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A luxury space hotel is launching in three years time

The 12-day odyssey aims to offer a ‘completely authentic, once-in-a-lifetime astronaut experience’. Fancy booking a trip to the space hotel? No worries. That will be just £567k a night please. Breakfast...
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Space junk mission set for blast-off

This is nuts. A satellite is going to use a harpoon and a net to salvage space junk. A net! Presumably it's going to be a big one. A British-led mission demonstrating...
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How do astronauts print in space? With a zero gravity printer of course

HP has built a zero gravity printer especially for the International Space Station. Apparently even astronauts occasionally need to print out important documents, so tech giant HP is providing the International Space...
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Chinese space station could crash to Earth within weeks but no one knows where

Don't look up! Tiangong-1, the Chinese space station is expected to crash to Earth in the next few weeks, according to experts. The unmanned Chinese space station reached the end of its...
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4G on the Moon. Yep, the Moon is getting its own 4G mobile network...

In news which is sure to go down well with those in the UK who struggle to get a decent signal mobile companies are planning to set up 4G on the...
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Cimon is not so simple

Cimon the intelligent flying drone is to join astronauts on the space station. It can recognise the face and voice of ISS crew members. Talking intelligent drones that accompany astronauts on...
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5 space myths you would swear are true

There is still a lot to learn about the universe, but what if we told you some of the popular facts we swear by about space are simply not true? Here...
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Roadster in space

Astronomers have observed Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster in space. Images show a tiny dot moving among the stars. Astronomers have observed Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster travelling through space using a telescope in...
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The race to space – four firms that could launch humans into space

The race to space is far from over despite the launch of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy. Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin and Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic are building rockets to ferry space...
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SpaceX test flight with a sports car – updated with launch video

The first SpaceX test flight featuring the Falcon Heavy rocket included an unusual cargo when it blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre. The Heavy is equipped with three boosters and 27...
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Finding hidden alien life

The possibility of finding hidden alien life is something we are all fascinated by. Now a new approach to spotting alien biology at work could increase the chances of finding life...
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Space junk lasers

China wants to use space junk lasers to zap the 20,000 fragments of orbital debris surrounding Earth which are large enough to inflict damage on satellites and spacecraft. Space junk lasers may...
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Earth from space – amazing photos taken by astronauts in 2017

Residents of the International Space Station pointed their cameras towards Earth to capture these amazing images of earth from space. If you want to up your Instagram game in 2017, perhaps...
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What do astronauts eat at Christmas on the ISS?

As Christmas Day approaches, most of us will be looking forward to a grand family feast of turkey and trimmings, washed down with our favourite wine.But spare a thought for the...