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Space agency suggests 2025 as a possible date to complete the mission

Artist's rendition of a settlement on Mars

A one-way ticket too tempting to ignore: 165,000 apply for mission to colonise Mars - despite no chance of them ever returning to Earth

Applications are for a private mission to send four men and women to the Red Planet

Some of the ingredients provided for the astronauts

Nasa takes a fresh look at in-flight food for Mars astronauts

Diet of dehydrated and freeze dried cuisine of the past will give way to fresh food cooked on the Martian surface

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Houston, we have an astronaut.

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Scientists say Phantom Menace settlement is doomed to follow in footsteps of New Hope set overrun nearby

Video: Chinese astronaut shares her top moments of time in space

A Chinese astronaut who taught schoolchildren about the wonders of science from space, jokes that one of the highlights of her cosmic trip was chasing pieces of chocolates around in zero gravity.

Astro Turf: Images such as Orion Deep Wide Field (2009) show us a map without edges

Exhibition review: Visions of the Universe - His dark materials, the photo album

An exhibition of startling images of the cosmos looks at the development of telescopy, photography, and our place in it all

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Seeing the larger picture: Inspiring images of space

An exhibition explores images how photography has shaped astronomy

Did the Curiosity rover stumble across a lizard?...or a rock?

One giant leap for reptiles: Have alien-hunters found a lizard on Mars?

While studying pictures of Mars sent back to Earth by the Curiosity rover, a Japanese alien-enthusiast spotted something between the endless plain of rocks spread out on the screen in front of him. Could it really be? Is that a… lizard?

It isn’t the most offensive entry into our occasional round-up of crimes against pizz

Hungry? Print a pepperoni pizza

Nasa is funding the development of printed food with an eye on the long-haul, long-stay space missions of the future

Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips in concert, The Roundhouse, London

Music review: The Flaming Lips, The Roundhouse, London

"I feel a whole lot better," maintains a hoarse Wayne Coyne, apologising for being too ill to play the previous day's cancelled concert before informing us that "being sick is pretty petty" compared to the tornado disaster in Oklahoma, his home state. It is. He goes on to admit that "this is kind of a ridiculous event". It's certainly an odd event.

The glorious Wormsley cricket ground in beautiful Bucks

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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

A self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combining 66 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the 177th Martian day

Thanks to Mastcam, Nasa finds more signs of Mars water

More signs of past water on Mars have been uncovered by the American space agency Nasa's Curiosity rover.

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