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ESA approves 2020 ExoMars rover despite crash earlier this year

Putting aside the dramatic loss of the Schiaparelli lander in October and concerns about cost, ESA member states voted to go ahead with the next part of the life-hunting ExoMars mission

Weird binary system spotted with three rings around two stars

Astronomers have stumbled upon a unique binary system with a disc of gas and dust around each star – and then a third disc circling both

Super-dim galaxy may be one of hundreds orbiting the Milky Way

What may be the least luminous galaxy ever seen suggests the Milky Way boasts hundreds of undiscovered satellites, adding to our picture of how galaxies form

Giant hidden Jupiters may explain lonely planet systems

Undetected huge planets may have booted many of their smaller siblings, explaining why Kepler has seen so many wonky, single-planet systems

Rosetta’s biggest hits: The comet chaser’s top seven discoveries

Earlier today, the Rosetta spacecraft plunged into oblivion as its 12-year mission came to an end. We take a look back at its achievements

Rosetta’s final landing spot on comet revealed in new image

The latest image - taken from 8.9km above its surface - shows the spacecraft is on track to impact its target in the Ma'at region of the comet, which is littered with boulders

Elon Musk’s spectacular plan to colonise Mars lacks substance

The SpaceX founder wants the first humans on Mars by 2024, but his showboating scheme is lacking in both details and funds, says Lisa Grossman

Entangled universe: Could wormholes hold the cosmos together?

Weird connections through space-time might make reality real, giving us a promising new route to a theory of everything

Our galaxy’s impossible collision could break gravity

The ballistics of galactic shrapnel show that the Milky Way has already crashed into its giant neighbour, Andromeda – but if that's right, physics is wrong

NASA urged to rejoin the hunt for gravitational waves

US National Academies has assessed US astrophysics schemes and is calling for NASA to rejoin a gravitational wave hunting mission, despite budget problems

China launches world’s first quantum communications satellite

The Quantum Science Satellite will test quantum entanglement over record distances and could lead to a global network for secure quantum communications

Mating stars hide their modesty behind a thick veil of dust

Astronomers got their best ever look at merging stars when a pair called V1309 Scorpii got together in 2008, but now they have gone into hiding

Mystery object in weird orbit beyond Neptune cannot be explained

A new-found object orbiting at extreme angles to the planets hints at new puzzle in the outer solar system - in addition to Planet Nine

Triple signal of ‘alien megastructure’ star baffles astronomers

A new dimming signal makes the famous star even more challenging to explain, but astronomers aren’t claiming that it’s aliens… yet

Ghost particles may explain why gravity is so surprisingly weak

Gravity is weaker than it should be – a new theory suggests that’s because the universe is full of invisible particle families which ignore each other

Massive stunning aurora glows over Jupiter’s north pole

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a glowing ultraviolet aurora at Jupiter, just in time for the arrival of NASA's Juno probe

Watch a Cygnus spacecraft burn up as it re-enters the atmosphere

Researchers chased an uncrewed Cygnus spacecraft in an aeroplane in order to watch its fiery re-entry and destruction. The view was spectacular

Homebrew meteorites reveal origins of Mercury’s weird crust

Mixing up a fake powdered version of rare meteorites in the lab has shown how a freak surface feature arose from deep within the planet

Rip up the rule book and let NASA’s Mars rover check ‘life’ zone

Contamination fears should not stop NASA sending its Mars rover to examine a nearby area that might contain water… and life, says Dirk Schulze-Makuch

Dark energy must die – these rebel physicists can take it down

Has an expansionist power ruled the cosmos for the past 5 billion years – or is dark energy just an illusion created by a curvy cosmos?

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