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Nasa Perseverance rover to land on Mars in search of life

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Spacecraft will descend on red planet carrying helicopter and instruments to look for biosignatures

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Three scientists share Nobel prize in physics for work on black holes

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Three scientists have won the 2020 Nobel prize in physics for their work on black hole formation and the discovery of a supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy.

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Are aliens hiding in plain sight?

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An artist’s impression of Mars

Several missions this year are seeking out life on the red planet. But would we recognize extraterrestrials if we found them?

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Rock from Mars heads home after 600,000 year odyssey across space

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Tiny piece of meteorite from London’s Natural History Museum will be used by rover exploring red planet

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Mars covered in toxic chemicals that can wipe out living organisms, tests reveal

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Discovery has major implications for hunt for alien life on the red planet as it means any evidence is likely to be buried deep underground

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Black holes may merge with light of a trillion suns, scientists say

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Black hole

When black holes collide, the ensuing cosmic drama was assumed to play out under the cloak of darkness, given that both objects are invisible. But now astronomers believe they have made the first optical observations of such a merger, marked by a blaze of light a trillion times brighter than the sun.

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Black hole found 1,000 light years from Earth

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Object found in HR 6819 system is the closest to Earth yet known – and is unusually dark

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Astronauts prepare for landmark SpaceX launch: what you need to know

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Wednesday will see the launch of the first crewed space flight from the US into orbit in almost a decade

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Getting to the bottom of the Higgs boson

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In high-energy particle collisions we study the smallest known constituents of matter. According to our best knowledge of physics, these constituents have mass only because of the way they interact with a unique quantity which permeates all of space. This quantity, like practically everything else in the strange world of the very small, is a quantum field.

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Nasa shortlists four astrophysics missions for 2025 launch

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NASA has shortlisted four proposals for its next astrophysics missions, due for launch in 2025. The agency has funding to fly two of them, and the four will now each receive funds for a nine-month period of technical study. The two missions will be chosen next year.

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