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

Armstrong on the Moon

Nasa intends to establish a manned outpost on the Moon, according to experts

Nasa is likely to announce new plans to send astronauts back to the moon following the outcome of the US presidential race, according to reports.

The space shuttle Endeavour was transported to the California Science Center

Objects may be larger than they appear... Endeavour's last journey

Hundreds of people gathered on the streets of Los Angeles this weekend, as the retired space shuttle Endeavour embarked on its final journey, a 12-mile trip ending at the California Science Centre, its new permanent home.

SpaceX Dragon capsule: Cargo ship reaches International Space Station

Astronauts plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit and attached it to the International Space Station, marking the reopening of a US supply line to the orbital outpost following the space shuttles' retirement last year.

Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to make the highest ever skydive from 120,000ft (35,570m) and break four World Records in the process

Felix Baumgartner's supersonic leap attempt aborted

Extreme athlete and skydiver Felix Baumgartner has canceled his planned death-defying 23-mile free fall into the New Mexico desert because of high winds.

Felix Baumgartner’s attempt to make the highest ever skydive from 120,000ft (35,570m) and break four World Records in the process

The man who will fall to earth – very fast

Later today, Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner is hoping to become the first human being to break the sound barrier without any mechanical help.

SpaceX Dragon capsule: First commercial cargo ship sent to International Space Station

A commercial cargo ship rocketed into orbit in pursuit of the International Space Station, the first of a dozen supply runs under a mega-contract with Nasa.

Felix Baumgartner prepares for 23-mile skyfall

Skydiver Felix Baumgartner is preparing to take the leap of his life aiming for the highest, fastest free fall in history.

This image obtained from NASA, shows a rock outcrop in a photo taken by the Mars Curiosity rover on September 14, 2012. The outcrop, named

Mars rover Curiosity finds evidence of ancient fast-moving streams on surface of red planet

Discovery of bedrock and rounded pebbles offer the most convincing evidence yet that there was water on the surface of Mars

The photograph, dubbed the Extreme Deep Field or XDF, was taken by the Hubble telescope

A long time ago in galaxies far, far away

A picture of extreme deep space as it was more than 13 billion years ago has been revealed in photographs taken by the Hubble telescope

A full sky survey, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Explorer (WISE).

WISE telescope discovers blisteringly hot 'extreme galaxies' 100 trillion times brighter than our sun and millions of 'supermassive' black holes

A Nasa space telescope has uncovered millions of previously unseen supermassive black holes, and around a thousand ‘extreme’ galaxies that can outshine our sun by a factor of 100 trillion.

American artist will.i.am of music band The Black Eyed Peas

NASA Curiosity rover: Will.i.am track 'Reach for the Stars' to be the first song ever played on Mars

Not content with his current ubiquity on planet earth, Will.i.am is now set to colonise Mars. The latest song from the Black Eyed Peas singer will be the first to be broadcast from another planet.

Nasa releases first Mars images from Curiosity rover

Nasa yesterday showed off the first high-resolution, colour portrait images taken by the Mars rover Curiosity, detailing a mound of layered rock where scientists plan to focus their search for the chemical ingredients of life on the Red Planet.

Nasa widow to auction space memorabilia

The widow of a Nasa technician who was killed while fuelling a Titan rocket is putting his space memorabilia up for auction.

Nasa's Mars rover flexes its robotic arm

Nasa's Mars rover has taken another small step for robot-kind.

Moon craft explodes during trial

A small Nasa lander vehicle being tested for missions to the Moon and beyond has crashed and burned after veering off course during a trial run at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.

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