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Rover test: What’s it like to ride a rocket to Mars?

Rover test: What’s it like to ride a rocket to Mars?

Media captionShake test on a robot destined for Mars: A rocket launch is very violent So, if you spend a billion euros on a space mission, you better be sure it can survive the rocket ride off Earth. This video shows a model of Europe’s upcoming Mars rover being shaken to simulate the violent first […]

How hats were placed atop the Easter Island statues

How hats were placed atop the Easter Island statues

Image copyright Terry Hunt Image caption One of the world’s archaeological wonders on Rapa Nui in the southeast Pacific The famous statues of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, are best known for their deep-set eyes and long ears. They also sport impressive multi-tonne hats made from a different rock type. Quite how these pukao, as […]

‘Dumpling-shaped’ space rock comes into view

Skip Twitter post by @haya2e_jaxa End of Twitter post by @haya2e_jaxa A Japanese spacecraft is sending back images as it approaches an irregularly shaped asteroid that some on the mission have compared to a dumpling. The Hayabusa 2 spacecraft was launched in 2014 on a quest to study the asteroid Ryugu and deliver rocks and […]

Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey

Stars turn out for Stephen Hawking memorial at Westminster Abbey

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Dean of Westminster, John Hall accompanied by Hawking’s first wife Jane Hawking and son and daughter Tim and Lucy Hawking, presides over the interment of the ashes Tributes have been paid to renowned physicist Prof Stephen Hawking in a Westminster Abbey memorial service. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who […]

Work starts to upgrade Large Hadron Collider

Work starts to upgrade Large Hadron Collider

Image copyright Cern Work has begun on a major upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle smasher. The High-Luminosity LHC will make it possible to study the fundamental building blocks of matter in more detail than ever before. Cern, the organisation that operates the LHC, held a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday to mark the […]

Prehistoric frogs in amber surface after 99 million years

Prehistoric frogs in amber surface after 99 million years

Image copyright Lida Xing Image caption The frogs are tiny, at about 2mm in length Frogs trapped in amber for 99 million years are giving a glimpse of a lost world. The tiny creatures have been preserved in sticky tree resin since the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs. The four fossils give a […]

Mars Opportunity: Rover ‘should ride out storm’

Image copyright NASA Image caption Artwork: The Opportunity rover landed in January 2004 The American space agency says it is concerned but hopeful that its veteran robot rover on Mars can survive a big dust storm on the planet. The 15-year-old vehicle, known as Opportunity, has gone into an emergency mode because there is not […]

Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

Image copyright ESA Image caption Artwork: European satellites in particular have an unbroken record going back to 1992 Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate. Satellites monitoring the state of the White Continent indicate some 200 billion tonnes a year are now being lost to the ocean as a result of melting. This is […]

UK rebuffed over Galileo sat-nav procurement

UK rebuffed over Galileo sat-nav procurement

Image copyright OHB Image caption Artist’s impression: There are currently 22 Galileo satellites in orbit The UK space industry, fighting to be part of the European satellite-navigation system, Galileo, has suffered another Brexit setback. Delegations to the European Space Agency have approved the procurement of the next batch of spacecraft, despite British calls to delay. […]

One in five British mammals at risk of extinction

One in five British mammals at risk of extinction

Image copyright PA Image caption The red squirrel has been put on the first “red list” for UK wild mammals The red squirrel, the wildcat, and the grey long-eared bat are all facing severe threats to their survival, according to new research. They are among 12 species that have been put on the first “red […]

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