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Luhman 16B is the nearest brown dwarf to Earth, and the third nearest star system to our solar system

The French Derby challenger Ocovango works in front of the grandstand at Epsom yesterday

Sir Michael Stoute refocuses Telescope beyond Derby

Even in turning for comfort to its most venerable race, British horseracing contrived to come up with further bad news. Telescope, rated the only serious home contender for the Investec Derby, will not line up at Epsom tomorrow week after disappointing in a crucial gallop at Lingfield on Wednesday. That leaves Libertarian as the only British colt not wholly dismissed by bookmakers against the unbeaten Irish favourite, Dawn Approach – and even he can still be backed at 20-1 after his shock success in the Dante Stakes at York last week.

Telescope in action at Lingfield

Telescope ruled out of Investec Derby at Epsom

The horse is part owned by Sir Alex Ferguson

British astronaut Major Tim Peake who is to become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years.

One giant leap for Britain: UK's first official astronaut Major Tim Peake on tweeting like Chris Hadfield and missing his wife and sons

'Yes, I do play the guitar, but very badly. And I wouldn't inflict my singing on anybody'

Asteroid nine times the size of the QE2 liner to sail pass Earth

An asteroid nine times larger than the QE2 is due to sail past the Earth later this month.

Sir Michael Stoute has not saddled a Group One winner for nearly three years

Sir Michael Stoute needs Nauticus for Classic relaunch

Top trainer suffering a Group One drought hopes Oaks fancy can shine in York rehearsal

Chris Hadfield comes back down to earth: Star of Twitter, Bowie fan, and International Space Station astronaut returns

A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man crew returning from a five-month mission to the International Space Station has landed safely on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie's Space Oddity

The real Star Man: David Bowie champions Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's 'Space Oddity' cover

Hadfield rocks a triumphant returns to Earth to the sound of a classic Bowie tune

Nasa confirms 'serious' leak from International Space Station but says crew are safe

Nasa said in a bulletin on its website that while the rate of ammonia leaking from the section of the cooling system has increased the crew were in no danger

Video: Large green 'fireball' meteor seen shooting across sky above England and Wales

Fist-sized fireball likely to be formed from debris from Halley's Comet

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Leonhard Euler - Swiss mathematician considered one of the greatest of all time - honoured by Google Doodle

Euler is known for his work in fluid dynamics, optics and astronomy

Putin wants to set up a Russian space ministry

Putin aims for the stars with £33bn space programme

Russian President unveils ambitious plans at new launchpad site, including manned flight to Mars

We can see only about 5 per cent of the matter in the Universe

An end to our darkest secret? Scientists close to explaining dark matter

A £1.3bn experiment could soon reveal the true nature of the mysterious dark matter

Space Race: Astronauts break record for quickest journey to International Space Station - making trip in less time than standard flight from London to New York

A trio of astronauts have broken the record for the quickest journey to the International Space Station, arriving there just six hours after setting off from a launch pad in Kazakhstan.

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