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The Rosetta satellite and Philae lander

The lights are about to be switched off on one of the most successful satellite missions of all time. On September 29th or 30th the Rosetta satellite (...)

Artist’s impression of the Juno satellite on its way to Jupiter

The planet Jupiter might be the second-biggest object in our solar system but we know surprisingly little about this strange, inhospitable world. W(...)

An artist’s impression of Kepler-453b and the double star at the centre of its solar system. Photograph: Mark Garlick/www.markgarlick.com

Irish astronomers have helped discover a planet orbiting a rare double star, much like the fictional planet Tatooine in the Star Wars film franchise.(...)