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Despite being the first Moonwalkers, yesterday's announcement reveals Apollo's odd couple are still worlds apart

Obama consigns Moon landings to history

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The choice: kudos in space, or education on Earth

America's abandonment of a manned return-mission to the Moon by 2020 raises the old question of whether it is better to put people into space, with all the huge safety costs that incurs, or to rely on relatively inexpensive machines, such as the robotic rovers that have performed so well exploring the surface of Mars.

Boyd Tonkin: Words that allow us to stare grief in the face

In a culture warier than ever of poetry in public places, it looks as if elegies can still take you through the grandest entrances. During the late 1990s, the Whitbread book of the year award (forerunner of the Costas, before beer gave way to coffee) went four times in succession to volumes of verse: two by Seamus Heaney, two by Ted Hughes.

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"Escape to Mars, it's not too far," advises rapper Gift Of Gab, continuing the theme of 2004's 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up, an ongoing extension of the space-jazz schtick of such as Sun Ra and Parliament which offered a metaphor for the astronomical extent a black man needs to search to find enlightened, non-racist attitudes in the solar system.

Galaxy Quest: The search for Britain’s darkest skies

Light pollution has become a modern scourge – and few city-dwellers can identify even a single constellation. Where can we go to enjoy the celestial wonders? Simon Usborne reports from a truly heavenly corner of Britain

Methane findings boost for life on Mars hopes

Hopes of finding life on Mars have been boosted by British scientists studying sources of methane on the planet.

Forget Earth - let's move to Mars!

If planet Earth becomes too crowded, where else in the solar system could humankind live? Space expert Steven Cutts considers our options

Giant ocean covered Mars, new map reveals

A single ocean once covered much of the northern half of Mars, supplied with water from a belt of rain-fed rivers, new research suggests.

Communication pioneers win 2009 physics Nobel prize

A pioneer in fibre-optics and two scientists who figured out how to turn light into electronic signals - work that paved the way for the Internet age - were awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize for physics today.

Gems of truth from the creator of Billy Liar

The wry observations of Keith Waterhouse, who died on Friday, aged 80

Leading article: Political space

The revelation that the wife of the Japanese prime minister-elect was once abducted by aliens and whisked off to Venus ("a very beautiful place... very green") is food for thought. One can imagine how a few members of our own political classes would benefit from the sort of trip taken by Miyuki Hatoyama.

Enough with the Moon – now let's fly to Mars

Apollo 11 astronauts use 40th anniversary to call for a new age of space exploration

Apollo 11 astronauts call for Mars missions

Two the astronauts who first landed on the moon have urged mankind to take a giant leap to Mars.

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