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

Nasa's Morpheus lander in fiery crash at Cape Canaveral

A small Nasa lander being tested for missions to the moon and other destinations beyond Earth crashed and burned after veering off course during a trial run at the Kennedy Space Centre yesterday, officials with the US space agency said.

Heart bypass for Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, was recovering from heart surgery yesterday, days after his 82nd birthday.

Nasa's Curiosity rover and its parachute spotted by Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface

Mars rover Curiosity transmits low-resolution landing video

Nasa's Curiosity rover has transmitted a low-resolution video showing the last 150 seconds of its dive through the Mars atmosphere, giving Earthlings a sneak peek of a spacecraft landing on another world.

Amol Rajan: Mo Farah and Curiosity – humanity at its very best

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This artists rendering provided by NASA shows the Mars Rover, Curiosity. After traveling 8 1/2 months and 352 million miles, Curiosity will attempt a landing on Mars.

Mars rover Curiosity safely lands on the red planet

A £1.6 billion one-ton robot rover the size of a small car landed safely on Mars today after one of the most daring and difficult interplanetary operations attempted

Nasa's Curiosity rover is scheduled to land on Mars on Monday

Nasa's seven minutes of terror to land Curiosity rover in mission to explore Mars

They call it the seven minutes of terror, and for good reason, as this is the perilously short length of time Nasa scientists have given themselves to land a space probe on Mars that will hit the Martian upper atmosphere at 13,200mph.

Avalanches on Saturn give clue to landslides

Giant avalanches on an icy moon of Saturn may provide clues about devastating landslides on Earth, say scientists.

Album: The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (Bella Union)

The Lips are a hit with a little help from their fwends

This iceberg, bigger than Manhattan, recently broke off the Petermann glacier

The big thaw: Greenland ice cover is melting away

The vast ice sheet of Greenland, which holds enough water to raise global sea levels by 7.2 metres, underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.

The extent of surface melt over Greenland's ice sheet on 8 July and 12 July is seen in this Nasa handout image

Greenland ice sheet melting is unprecedented

The vast ice sheet of Greenland underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.

Concerns raised as strange and sudden ice sheet melt reported in Greenland

Scientists say there has been a freak event in Greenland this month: Nearly every part of the massive ice sheet that blankets the island suddenly started melting.

Sally Ride: The first American woman in space

In 1983 Dr Sally Ride, who has died of cancer, became the first American women to journey into space, as part of a five-person crew aboard the Challenger space shuttle. She said of the voyage "The thing that I'll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I'm sure it was the most fun I'll ever have in my life."

Huge iceberg breaks away from Petermann Glacier fuelling fears over global warming

For the second time in two years a huge piece of ice has broken away from the Petermann Glacier in Greenland -fuelling concerns about global warming.

Forest fires engulf tourist destination

Firefighters struggle to extinguish a blaze in Liria, near Valencia, after forest fires destroyed tens of thousands of hectares of vegetation.

Nasa abandons X-ray telescope mission

Nasa has killed a new X-ray telescope mission, two years before its planned launch.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee