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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

Solar system mysteries: Is there a planet X?

Wobbles in the orbit of two distant dwarf planets are reviving the idea of a planet hidden in our outer solar system. Two new discoveries could fit the bill

Ancient quasars in distant galaxies caught switching on suddenly

It should take at least thousands of years for the black holes at the centres of galaxies to become glowing quasars but a handful have blazed into life in less than 10

Comets can’t explain weird ‘alien megastructure’ star after all

A star called KIC 8462852, or Tabby's star, has been behaving oddly since 1890, not just recently as had been thought – and astronomers have no idea why

Commercial spaceflight newcomer allows quick ISS return trips

NASA announced new contracts for commercial resupply to the International Space Station, including the Dream Chaser spacecraft, which can get living samples back to Earth within 6 hours

How to find ET: 7 ways aliens might give themselves away

We keep waiting for aliens to get in touch – but there could be smarter trails to follow, from feats of cosmic engineering to interplanetary pollution

We’ve found the brightest ever supernova but can’t explain it

Astronomers are now sure the incredibly violent stellar explosion spotted last June is the brightest ever seen. But they remain baffled about its source

Space age ghosts show abandoned relics of NASA’s golden years

For 23 years Roland Miller has photographed the crumbling remains of the US space age, from empty missile silos to Apollo Saturn V engine test stands

New rumours that gravitational waves have finally been detected

Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss at Arizona State University says rumours that the Advanced LIGO detector has picked up a signal have now been confirmed

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