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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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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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Image: 'Pale Blue Dot' revisited

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The picture, named "The Pale Blue Dot" was obtained on 14th February, 1990, moments before the camera and the several other instruments of the Voyager were powered off for conservation of battery, since the probe wouldn't make a close flyby past any other objects during their lifetime.

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Telescope captures most detailed pictures yet of the sun

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First observations from Inouye telescope bring previously hazy star into sharp focus.
The striking images reveal a surprising level of structure hidden within the churning plasma exterior, bringing a previously hazy impression of the sun’s patchwork surface sharply into focus for the first time.

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‘Giant, shape-shifting stars’ spotted near Milky Way’s black hole

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Objects raise hopes of scientists managing to track ‘blobs’ being swallowed by black hole
A number of bizarre shape-shifting objects have been discovered close to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.
The blobs are thought to be giant stars that spend part of their orbits so close to the black hole that they get stretched out like bubble gum before returning to a compact, roughly spherical form.

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The moon, Mars and beyond… the space race in 2020

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Not since the 1960s have we witnessed such appetite for space missions. Here’s what to expect in the year ahead, from commercial launches to Chinese ambitions

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