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Cassini finds final ingredient for alien life in Enceladus’s sea

The Cassini spacecraft has found molecular hydrogen spurting in the watery plumes from Saturn’s icy moon Enceladus, an energy source for anything that might live there

Earth-sized telescope set to snap first picture of a black hole

The Event Horizon Telescope will take images of the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, and could reveal how relativity and quantum mechanics mesh

NASA rockets leave blistering record of human space flight

Until recently, a flame trench under launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida bore the scorch marks of decades of rocket launches

The coldest place in the universe marks a double stellar grave

New observations finally reveal why an odd planetary nebula is so chilly: two stars met their end in close quarters

The many-tentacled galaxy that could drive a physics revolution

Weirdo galaxy NGC 4258 has extra tentacles protruding from its middle, which make it surprisingly useful for testing theories of the universe evolved

Mysterious water-like streaks on Mars might be sand flows instead

We thought the dark lines that appear on Martian slopes each summer were flowing salt water, but tumbling dust might be to blame

Gentle breeze may help Venus’s atmosphere spin like crazy

The atmosphere of Venus rotates much faster than the planet itself. A newly detected wind could be spreading the energy needed to power it

Cosmological ruler could help us get the measure of dark energy

Measuring how the distance between galaxies changes is key to working out how dark energy drives the universe’s accelerating expansion – now a new ruler may help

Dark matter took its time to wrap around early galaxies

Large spiral galaxies today rotate more quickly than they should, but was it always that way? New maps of ancient galaxies suggest a dark secret

Asteroid clay is a better space radiation shield than aluminium

Cosmic radiation poses one of the biggest health risks for astronauts on long space missions, but clay extracted from space rocks could protect them

The night: When lights go out, the sky comes alive

The sky has stars and galaxies galore to offer, if you can just get away from those city lights, says Valerie Jamieson

Discovery of tiny moon completes the set for worlds past Neptune

The third-largest dwarf planet has a small satellite, meaning every object bigger than 1000 kilometres across in the outer solar system has a moon of its own

Exoplanet discovery: Seven Earth-size exoplanets may have water

The small, cool star TRAPPIST-1 is one of the best places to look for life in the Milky Way: its seven rocky planets might all have water and atmospheres

Dwarf planet Ceres hosts home-grown organic material

The first evidence of organic material on Ceres opens the door to the possibility that other asteroids harbour precursors to primitive life

Mars landing sites for 2020 NASA mission down to the final three

At a meeting in California, NASA scientists whittled down the landing sites for its next rover - which will search for signs of life

Magnetic meteorites narrow down solar system’s birthdate

Magnetic fields in 4-billion-year-old rocks suggest the dust and gas cloud that spawned the solar system had gone by 3.8 million years after the sun formed

Mystery radiation ‘clouds’ may pose risk to air travellers

Newly discovered aerial zones where radiation levels inexplicably spike could in future require flight diversions to avoid health risks

Rare mid-weight black hole found at heart of bright star cluster

Intermediate-mass black holes – weighing a few hundred to a few thousand solar masses – are the Bigfoot of astronomy, but now we may have seen one in our galaxy

More giant Earth-like exoplanets will be found next year

Prepare for more exotic super-Earths as the hunt for exoplanets ramps up in 2017, says Stephen Baxter. They've already been imagined by science fiction

Virgin Galactic takes first solo glide flight since 2014 crash

The commercial space flight company sent its space plane, VSS Unity, for its first untethered test flight in two years, a step towards space tourism

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