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Was SpaceX launch about progress in space, or just a giant ad?

The Falcon Heavy launch was more than just spectacle – it set the stage for a future Mars mission. Now we need to think about who's in the driver's seat

Long-lost relatives: An amazing poster of the sun’s family tree

A chemical comparison of 22 stars has revealed their common origins. Download this incredible poster to see the extended families of these stars

Is Elon Musk’s playboy space odyssey really the future we want?

The Falcon Heavy rocket’s first launch has put a red Tesla Roadster into space. The images are beautiful and fun, but the wider implications aren’t great

Seeing SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket take off for the first time

SpaceX test launched its Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful since the Saturn V rocket. Leah Crane went to Cape Canaveral to see it lift off up close

Upstart Electron rocket has made it to orbit for the first time

Space flight is getting more affordable. The Electron rocket, smaller and cheaper than most of its commercial competitors, has put three satellites into orbit

Some exoplanets orbiting red giant stars may just be a mirage

Red giant stars may be tricking us into thinking they have planets when they don’t. Instead, sunspots or atmospheric ripples might be distorting their light

We may be able to see mountains and valleys on distant worlds

If alien planets have canyons and mountains like ours, we may be able to catch a glimpse of them in an exoplanet’s shadow as it passes in front of its star

The universe still seems to be expanding faster than it ought to

The universe is expanding but our measurements of the rate are all over the place and they just got worse, so we can’t tell when the cosmos is going to die

We must accept more risks if we want space travel to take off

Going to space is already one of the most dangerous things a person can do, but we will need to take far more risks than we do in order to push space exploration forward

Mystery radio bursts may be from neutron star near a black hole

The source of repeating fast radio bursts is one of astronomy’s biggest mysteries. They may come from a fast-spinning neutron star next to a huge black hole

The ugly, fractured reality of the cosmos deserves our attention

A puzzling clash between perfection and imperfection in our universe is getting fresh attention. This great cosmological mystery merits it, says Geraint Lewis

The universe may be full of ex-moons flung from their homeworlds

Moons in other stellar systems may be hurled away from their planets up to 90 per cent of the time, leaving up to 100 former moons per star in the Milky Way

Why brewing beer in space is more important than you think

Budweiser is sending barley seeds into orbit next week. That's just the beginning of the challenge of trying to brew beer beyond Earth

Spaceplanes may be the best hope in war on deadly orbiting junk

Promising technologies to get rid of dangerous space debris are gathering speed. The sooner we put them to the test the better, says Paul Marks

Science Fiction: slavery stereotypes, and a new M. John Harrison

From challenging stereotypes about slavery to the necessity of finding any kind of exit from a mundane life, escape dominates new sci-fi

Moon’s explosive birth drove iron deep into Earth’s core

Our moon was made by the Big Splash, an impact that we thought left iron deposits near Earth’s crust. It turns out that the metal sank into our planet’s core

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has a hidden ‘conveyer belt’ of heat

Frigid Europa may be warmed by a layer under its crust that moves heat and ice to and from its poles – and alien microbes could be hitching a ride

No, aliens aren’t lurking on the International Space Station

History tells us that earthly contamination is by far the most likely explanation for “extraterrestrial” bacteria found on the ISS hull, says Geraint Lewis

Cuts likely for one of NASA’s next big space-based telescopes

NASA’s Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope is crippled by rising costs. To get it off the ground, the agency may have to alter its scientific mission

Private mission may get us back to Enceladus sooner than NASA

Russian billionaire Yuri Milner is considering privately funding a mission to Enceladus, one of the prime places to search for life in our solar system

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