Space

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Nasa to test nuclear rockets that could fly astronauts to Mars in record time
Project, in concert with US government agency Darpa, aims to develop pioneering propulsion system for space travel

Richard Luscombe in Miami

24, Jan, 2023 @6:29 PM

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Space dust from 4.2bn-year-old asteroid could hold key to preventing cataclysmic collisions with Earth
Rubble pile asteroid is almost as old as the solar system, a sign that it can withstand great shocks and may be difficult to destroy, research suggests

Donna Lu

24, Jan, 2023 @8:57 AM

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As a girl, I was thrilled by the night sky. Must my son grow up without seeing the Milky Way? | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
I love the idea of my boy and his dad peering through a telescope together, writes Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. But what will light pollution leave for them to look at?

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

24, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Exotic green comet not seen since stone age returns to skies above Earth
Comet C/2022 E3, which orbits the sun every 50,000 years, will be closest to us next Wednesday and Thursday

Ian Sample Science editor

23, Jan, 2023 @10:29 PM

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Starwatch: Mercury up before the sun – but only in the southern hemisphere
Northern latitudes will have to wait until March and April for better view of the inner planet

Stuart Clark

23, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Dark energy ‘chameleon trap’ wins £100,000 prize for Nottingham scientist
Ingeniously simple lab experiment led by Prof Clare Burrage recognised by Blavatnik awards

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

22, Jan, 2023 @6:39 PM

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Over the moon! Buzz Aldrin marries ‘long-time love’ on his 93rd birthday
Second man to walk on the moon says he and Anca Faur are ‘as excited as eloping teenagers’

Tom Ambrose

21, Jan, 2023 @1:16 PM

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Light pollution rapidly reducing number of stars visible to naked eye, study finds
Research suggests if trend continues, view of Orion’s belt will disappear due to glow from artificial lighting

Nicola Davis

19, Jan, 2023 @7:00 PM

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Starwatch: Venus outshines Saturn in twilight conjunction
Planetary pairing will be visible to naked eye from across the globe

Stuart Clark

16, Jan, 2023 @6:00 AM

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‘Wings like cracked eggshells’: Richard Branson faces turbulence over safety of space flights
Investors are pursuing legal action against Virgin Galactic, claiming its carrier aircraft and space vehicle were not designed for regular space travel

Jon Ungoed-Thomas

14, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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You might call it a failure to launch – I call it one small step closer to making British space history | Maggie Aderin-Pocock
After watching LauncherOne abort, I felt briefly dejected. But our attempts to put these tiny satellites into space will pay off, says Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Maggie Aderin-Pocock

13, Jan, 2023 @3:06 PM

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Attack from space would trigger collective defence, say US and Japan, amid China fears
Antony Blinken says China is ‘greatest shared strategic challenge’ in the region as US backs Japan’s biggest military build-up since second world war

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

12, Jan, 2023 @4:16 AM

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