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$19 billion NASA budget for 2017 still not enough to get to Mars

The 2017 budget, still to be approved by US Congress, is down $260 million on 2016 and doesn't provide enough funding for crewed Mars missions, say critics

How Do You Find an Exoplanet? An insider account gives top tips

John Asher Johnson, who found the smallest exoplanet to date, proves an invaluable guide in his book about one of science's hottest fields

Galactic GPS: How dead stars will guide us in deep space

Plotting a course through outer space is tricky, but stellar corpses called pulsars are pointing the way to a new form of celestial navigation

Nowhere to hide – invisibility cloaks fail near light speed

Researchers crossing Albert Einstein's theory of relativity with the theory of invisibility cloaks have discovered such devices won't work at high speeds  

Luxembourg’s asteroid mining bid is Europe’s first

The country has announced it will support the development of new laws governing outer space resources and fund research projects into mining asteroids

NASA CubeSat missions will pave way for human space flight

On Tuesday, NASA announced a handful of the 13 CubeSat missions that will be hitching a lift with the Orion spacecraft in 2018

Milky Way’s central bar stirs in stars like a candy floss mixer

An oddball stream of stars orbiting the Milky Way can be explained by the chaos stirred up by a propeller-like bar – and could help us map the galaxy

30 years after the Challenger tragedy, is US ready to re-launch?

Three decades since the shuttle disaster stunned the nation in 1986, the push to resume crewed launches in the US is at a critical stage, says Lisa Grossman

Old Scientist: What has space ever done for us?

Why send people into space? A look at New Scientist in Januaries past shows that we have never been quite sure

After Pluto: Alan Stern’s cosmic ambitions won’t be dwarfed

With Pluto now in the bag, space supremo Alan Stern discusses the space race, crowdsourcing a Mars map, and why he's grumpy about how to define a planet

Lonely exoplanet orbits its star at greatest distance yet seen

A closer look at the motions of a small star and a misfit planet shows the two are linked by gravity - and can teach us about planets and stars alike

Solar system mysteries: Could we live on the moon?

Building a moon base at the lunar south pole could teach us how to expand human civilisation across the solar system

From Africa to the stars: Why Ethiopia needs a space programme

We will see an Ethiopian astronaut in my lifetime, says Solomon Belay Tessema, the man behind the country's space mission

Solar system mysteries: What’s inside Saturn?

Giant whirlpools, a buried sphere of light or perhaps something stranger – what lies beneath the planet's placid exterior defies all theory

Galaxy-mapping Gaia space telescope gets an eye test from Pluto

The European Space Agency craft designed to map a billion stars in the Milky Way has also been keeping an eye out for everyone's favourite dwarf planet

Solar system mysteries: What happened to Venus?

Finding out how Venus's choking atmosphere came to be could help in the search for inhabitable exoplanets – and possibly give a glimpse of Earth's future

Mystery supernova could be fast-spinning magnetic star

The brightest ever supernova was confirmed last week, but no one could explain it. Now a culprit has been found: a magnetar driven by an extremely massive star

Solar system mysteries: Why is the sun magnetic?

Eruptions from the sun could wipe out our power grids, costing trillions of dollars – unless we start to understand the most fundamental physics of our star

Solar system mysteries: Where can life exist?

We used to think life was constrained to a narrow, warm band around a star – but recent discoveries on icy moons suggest life could exist almost anywhere

Hints that ‘Planet Nine’ may exist on edge of our solar system

An unusual alignment between the orbits of six small bodies in the Kuiper belt suggests there is an undiscovered planet 10 times the mass of Earth

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