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Rosetta heads for glorious crash-landing

In just a few days’ time ESA’s Rosetta mission is going to come to a close in a most extraordinary fashion, because the spacecraft is going to slowly, and deliberately crash-land into the comet that i

In just a few days’ time ESA’s Rosetta mission is going to come to a close in a most extraordinary fashion, because the spacecraft is going to slowly, and deliberately crash-land into the comet that i

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Philae: a space odyssey with a happy end

After nearly two years missing in action, Rosetta's small lander Philae has finally been located in a shadowed spot on the comet 67-P - also known as Churyumov Gerasimenko - just three weeks before th

After nearly two years missing in action, Rosetta's small lander Philae has finally been located in a shadowed spot on the comet 67-P - also known as Churyumov Gerasimenko - just three weeks before th

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Over the moon: delight as space probe Philae is found

European space scientists are celebrating tonight after finding a comet lander they’d almost given up hope of ever seeing again.

European space scientists are celebrating tonight after finding a comet lander they’d almost given up hope of ever seeing again.

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Destination Mars, episode 7: The Methane Mystery

The ExoMars spacecraft is on its way to the red planet right now, and when it gets there it’s going to be looking for methane, a gas that’s linked to life, but could be coming from other sources…

The ExoMars spacecraft is on its way to the red planet right now, and when it gets there it’s going to be looking for methane, a gas that’s linked to life, but could be coming from other sources…

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Spacecraft Rosetta prepares to crash-land on comet 67P

The extraordinary mission of ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft around comet 67P is nearly over: on 30 September the craft will crash land on its surface and end a 12 year voyage through…

The extraordinary mission of ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft around comet 67P is nearly over: on 30 September the craft will crash land on its surface and end a 12 year voyage through…

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What does Brexit mean for science?

Britain’s exit from the European Union could have long-term implications for science, research and high tech engineering in the UK and Europe, as the community has close ties across borders both in te

Britain’s exit from the European Union could have long-term implications for science, research and high tech engineering in the UK and Europe, as the community has close ties across borders both in te

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Destination Mars, episode 6: decontamination

In this episode, we look at the decontamination procedures used for the instruments making the journey to Mars with John Robert Brucato, Planetary Protection Manger at the Italian National Institute o

In this episode, we look at the decontamination procedures used for the instruments making the journey to Mars with John Robert Brucato, Planetary Protection Manger at the Italian National Institute o

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Europe's Copernicus emergency system activated to manage floods

The European Commission’s emergency management system Copernicus has been activated to deal with the floods in France, Belgium and Germany.

The European Commission’s emergency management system Copernicus has been activated to deal with the floods in France, Belgium and Germany.

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Bringing space technology down to earth at the Living Planet Symposium

Orbiting the earth are some of the most important tools to human understanding of the earth. Satellites are not only important to scientists but are

Orbiting the earth are some of the most important tools to human understanding of the earth. Satellites are not only important to scientists but are

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ESA successfully launches "environment data" satellite

A Russian Soyuz rocket has blasted off from Kourou in French Guiana carrying a satellite aimed at increasing our understanding of the environment

A Russian Soyuz rocket has blasted off from Kourou in French Guiana carrying a satellite aimed at increasing our understanding of the environment

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Destination Mars, episode 4: the controlled landing

The ExoMars spacecraft is travelling to Mars right now, on a mission to search for signs of life. When it gets there in October it will send a small

The ExoMars spacecraft is travelling to Mars right now, on a mission to search for signs of life. When it gets there in October it will send a small

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ExoMars mission leaves Earth's orbit heading for Mars

After a successful launch, the joint European-Russian mission to sniff out signs of life on Mars has left Earth’s orbit and is heading for the Red

After a successful launch, the joint European-Russian mission to sniff out signs of life on Mars has left Earth’s orbit and is heading for the Red

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Russian-ESA Exomars blasts off to find life on the Red Planet

The ExoMars probe has blasted off on Monday (March 14) on board a Russian Proton rocket from Kazakhstan to the red planet. [no comment live] esa</a

The ExoMars probe has blasted off on Monday (March 14) on board a Russian Proton rocket from Kazakhstan to the red planet. [no comment live] esa

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Methane the key to life for ExoMars 2016 mission

Scientists from the European Space Agency and Russia’s Federal Space Agency face a weekend of intense tinkering ahead of Monday’s ExoMars mission

Scientists from the European Space Agency and Russia’s Federal Space Agency face a weekend of intense tinkering ahead of Monday’s ExoMars mission

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Asteroid about to make a close shave with earth ... but how close?

An asteroid thought to be up to 50 metres in diameter is expected to make a close shave with our planet on Saturday, but scientists are not sure just how close

An asteroid thought to be up to 50 metres in diameter is expected to make a close shave with our planet on Saturday, but scientists are not sure just how close

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Back to gravity

A Soyuz capsule carrying NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov landed in Kazakhstan on Wednesday

A Soyuz capsule carrying NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov landed in Kazakhstan on Wednesday

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Astronaut Scott Kelly returns to Earth after longest US space mission

An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut have returned to Earth after an unprecedented period of almost a year in space for NASA. The time spent

An American astronaut and Russian cosmonaut have returned to Earth after an unprecedented period of almost a year in space for NASA. The time spent

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How to build a village on the Moon

The head of the European Space Agency says he would like to build a permanent base on the Moon. We meet him to discuss that incredible plan, and head to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne to mee

The head of the European Space Agency says he would like to build a permanent base on the Moon. We meet him to discuss that incredible plan, and head to the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne to mee

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Destination Mars, episode 2: The hunt for methane

The ExoMars mission will search for methane in the Martian atmosphere. A top scientist behind the mission explains why, in Destination Mars episode 2.

The ExoMars mission will search for methane in the Martian atmosphere. A top scientist behind the mission explains why, in Destination Mars episode 2.