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Goodbye Mr Spock, our kids’ kids will make that Star Trek

NASA has released the following photo on news of the death of actor Leonard Nimoy who was Mr Spock in the Star Trek cinema and television series.

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Ceres, dwarf planet of mystery, comes into sharper view

Those moments when a spacecraft turns a faint and distant point of light in the night sky into a newly seen world are among the most sublime that astronomy can offer.

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Comet lander revival in race between receding shadows and imminent eruptions

Whether comet lander Philae, stuck in a dark hole without power on the surface of Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, comes back to life has become a race between receding shadows and eruptions of gas and dust.

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Mars: The Beagle was landed all those years ago

Scrutiny of high definition mapping images from a NASA Mars orbiter has found the UK’s missing probe.

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Fifty shades of grey in full colour photo of comet 67/P

It may seem colourless, but this is how the soon-to-awaken nucleus of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko would look to our eyes if we were on board the European Rosetta spacecraft as it follows the 4300 metres wide object as its orbit brings it closer to the sun.

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Virgin Galactic states its case anew, but there are issues

The Virgin Galactic website has been relaunched, and makes a dignified, respectful, deeply moving and encouraging case for opening the experience of sub orbital (and eventually orbital) space flight to far more of us than has so far been possible.

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Airbus lands role in future of US manned space flights

It wasn’t just a 10 year old comet lander that put the European Space Agency in the astro-science spotlight this week but a contract for Airbus Defence and Space to supply an important part of America’s Orion manned spacecraft project.

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NASA maps 556 fireballs burning up over earth in 20 years

Off the radar when it comes to the daily concerns of the airline industry, NASA has published an interesting guide to where bright fireballs were recorded over the 1994-2013 period from small asteroids or meteors (or even fragments of comet debris). 

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Comet lander Philae stuck in a rocky badly lit place

Although it wasn’t known when scenes of jubilation broke out in the control room of the Rosetta mission when its comet lander Philae touched down on the dark surface of Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it ‘flew’ for another 113 minutes.

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Virgin Galactic survivor didn’t know critical lever was unlocked

In its latest update on the crash of the Virgin Galactic space tourism vehicle, America’s NTSB says the surviving pilot didn’t know a critical control lever had been unlocked at the wrong speed.

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Space Tourism looks beyond sub-orbital hops to moon flights

Virgin Galactic’s vision for space tourism was already under seige by those with even more ambitious plans, including Earth-Moon loops

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Branson on SS2: “Grand program has horrible setback”

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson says the apparent pilot error that may have caused the crash of the SpaceShipTwo sub orbital craft last Friday is ‘easily fixable’ and has vowed to press on with the program.

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Virgin Galactic crash: Dead pilot moved critical lever too soon

The dead co-pilot of the crashed Virgin Galactic sub-orbital space craft Michael Alsbury moved a crucial control surface lock to an unlock position seconds before it tumbled and broke apart according to US crash investigators.

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Virgin Galactic crash investigation will take a year too long

When America’s National Transportation Safety Board acting chair Christopher Hart said the SpaceShipTwo crash investigation could take up to a year he almost certainly killed Richard Branson’s space tourism dream. This is why.

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Did ‘Screw it Do it’ bring Virgin Galactic crashing to earth?

If the central allegations about the conduct of Virgin Galactic in this UK Sunday Telegraph report are correct,  it will not just be Richard Branson’s legacy that will suffer, but the complex and arguably inadequate state of safety regulation of commercial space ventures by US authorities. However, caution should be exercised in leaping to either [...]

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Branson “We are not going to push on blindly”

Branson says Virgin Galactic might not finish what it has started

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Virgin Galactic, too much fuel too little fire?

Extended There are three widely circulated ground photos of the moments before SpaceShipTwo broke up that may help us understand the disaster that destroyed it and killed one of its pilots earlier today.

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Virgin Galactic crash kills co-pilot, destroys SpaceShipTwo

An engine ‘anomaly’ has destroyed Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo at 45,000 feet over California’s Mojave desert , killing the co-pilot and injuring the pilot, who ejected from the sub-orbital joy flight rocket plane during a test flight.

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