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

Discovery of water vapour on dwarf planet Ceres could give clues to the origins of life on Earth

Scientists say it's too early to say whether Ceres could support microbial life, but a visit from the Dawn spacecraft in early 2015 should provide answers

An artist's impression of the Nasa Opportunity rover on the surface of Mars

Nasa says Mars mystery rock that ‘appeared’ from nowhere is ‘like nothing we’ve seen before’

Rock like a ‘jelly doughnut’ has left scientists ‘completely confused’

NASA: Space in pictures

Viewers of Lap of the Planet will be taken on a live trip around Earth

Channel 4 to broadcast programme live from the International Space Station

Lap of the Planet is due to air in March with two other space spin-offs planned

New 'Hand of God' photo captured by Nasa

NuSTAR captures dead star and distant black holes

Just when you thought the world was safe from another outlandish, Kanye-like statement of grandiose self-indulgence…

Does Beyonce’s ego know no bounds? Singer poses in the middle of Leonardo DaVinci's masterpiece 'The Last Supper'

The singer (‘s assistant) posted a series of pictures on her Instagram account last night, hinting to fans that they could be set for another guerrilla release

Beyonce has been called insensitive by NASA representatives for using a clip from the 1986 Challenger tragedy in which seven astronauts lost their lives

Beyonce 'inappropriate in the extreme' for using audio from space shuttle disaster in new song

NASA representiatives have called the singer 'insensitive' for featuring the clip

Nasa astronaut Michael Hopkins works to repair an external cooling line on the International Space Station

Christmas Eve spacewalk repairs broken cooling system at the International Space Station

US astronauts faced a 'mini blizzard' of ammonia during a rare spacewalk

Nasa orders three emergency spacewalks to repair the ISS

A failure in the coolant system last Wednesday led to the shutting down of all nonessential systems, though Nasa reports the astronauts are safe and comfortable

The six-wheeled Jader Rabbit rover is seent separating from the Chang'e-3 moon lander.

Gallery: China's Jade Rabbit rover sends back its first pictures from the Moon

The 600lb robot succesfully detached from the Chang'e-3 lander this weekend

Geminid meteor shower 2013: up to 120 meteors an hour expected Saturday morning

The annual Geminids are the most massive regular meteor shower

James Moore: Google chiefs, Nasa and a mix-up over cheap plane fuel

Outlook If you Google private planes, Nasa, Larry Page, Sergei Brin and Eric Schmidt you'll happen upon a rather embarrassing story.

Artistic illustration of Europa's icy surface with a water jet in the foreground and Jupiter and the Sun in the background

New research raises hopes of finding alien life on Jupiter's icy moon Europa

Scientists believe life may exist within underground ocean - living off minerals and using tidal heat as a source of energy

International Space Station cooling system shuts down with six astronauts aboard

Nasa said crew are safe and experts are working to troubleshoot the problem

6-year-old boy from US starts petition to save Nasa

Connor Johnson has been obsessed with space since the age of 3, and his petition to the president to save NASA needs some help

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