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    1. July 11, 2016

      Reaction Engines secures funding for space engine

      Britain has given the go-ahead to crucial development funding for a revolutionary UK designed engine that could send...

    2. June 18, 2016

      Capsule carrying space station crew lands in Kazakhstan

      ZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan, June 18 — A Soyuz capsule carrying a Russian, an American and a Briton from the International...

    1. June 15, 2016

      MPs call for national UK space programme

      MPs have called for a national UK space programme to run alongside Britain’s existing participation in the European...

    2. April 28, 2016

      European Space Agency and ViaSat to partner on internet access

      The European Space Agency has struck up an agreement to work with ViaSat, the US technology company, to accelerate the...

    3. FT Photo Diary

      April 21, 2016

      The Bubble Nebula

      This photo released by the European Space Agency shows the Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7653, which is an emission...

    4. FT Photo Diary

      April 19, 2016

      Tim Peake's photo of the Aurora Australis

      This handout image supplied by the European Space Agency (ESA), shows the Aurora Australis, southern lights, in an...

    5. April 6, 2016

      Probing for life on Mars — via Stevenage

      British astronaut Major Tim Peake is set to attempt an impressive feat of remote navigation from the International...

    6. FT Photo Diary

      April 5, 2016

      The moon

      This photograph of the moon taken by Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency from aboard...

    7. Tech blog

      February 3, 2016

      #techFT - The Grand Duchy of asteroid mining

      Luxembourg wants to mine asteroids in outer space, the US and EU have agreed a transatlantic data deal, Microsoft is...

    8. February 2, 2016

      Luxembourg launches plan to mine asteroids for minerals

      Mining in space will take a leap from the realms of science fiction towards commercial reality on Wednesday when...

    9. FT Photo Diary

      February 2, 2016

      European Space Agency unloads

      Japan’s Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm successfully deploys two combined satellites built built by Texas A&M University...

    10. FT Photo Diary

      January 26, 2016

      A view from space

      Expedition 46 flight engineer Tim Peake of the European Space Agency shared this photograph with his social media...

    11. FT Photo Diary

      January 25, 2016


      An aurora photographed by ESA astronaut Tim Peake from on board the International Space Station ...

    12. January 20, 2016

      Search on for solar system’s ‘Planet Nine’

      Two leading US astronomers have published evidence that the solar system contains a new ninth planet, which takes up to...

    13. December 15, 2015

      Tim Peake reaches International Space Station

      Tim Peake became the UK’s first official astronaut, when he reached the International Space Station on board a Russian...

    14. December 14, 2015

      Commencing countdown to Major Tim’s ISS dream

      Prepare for peak Peake. The European Space Agency’s first British astronaut, Tim Peake, will blast off to the...

    15. December 14, 2015

      Peake provides lift-off for renewed British space policy

      British astronaut Tim Peake is set for launch on a Russian Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station on Tuesday,...

    16. December 11, 2015

      Women of 2015: Samantha Cristoforetti, European Space Agency astronaut

      Three weeks before Samantha Cristoforetti returned to Earth in June, landing on the Kazakh steppe after spending half a...

    17. FT Photo Diary

      December 3, 2015

      Herding cattle

      Gauchos drive cattle outside Los Glaciares National Park, near the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in Santa Cruz...

    18. FT Photo Diary

      November 20, 2015

      Soyuz simulation

      British ESA astronaut Timothy Peake, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and US NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra prepare to...

    19. October 18, 2015

      SciSys shares rise as it draws a veil over ‘Operation Crater’

      SciSys has had a rubbish summer. In June, the Chippenham-based software business that helped to land the Rosetta...

    20. FT Photo Diary

      September 2, 2015

      Soyuz launch to the Space station

      Russia’s Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station (ISS) crew of Kazakhstan’s cosmonaut Aydyn...

    21. August 10, 2015

      European Space Agency teams up with venture fund

      The European Space Agency is linking up with the UK’s first venture fund focused on the business of space to provide...

    22. FT Alphaville

      July 21, 2015

      More on Pluto-esque gullibility

      So yes, we’re glutton for inter-planetary punishment. But step back and down for a moment from that dwarf sphere at the...

    23. July 17, 2015

      UK eager to claim its share at the final frontier

      Helen Sharman, the first Briton to go into space, is in flying form. In the 24 years since she flew up to the Mir space...

    24. July 9, 2015

      UK satellite aims for stellar performance

      One of the questions many people asked when Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappeared over the South China Sea last year...

    25. June 14, 2015

      Wakey-wakey! Sunshine brings Philae comet lander out of its slumber

      After seven months lost in sleep, Europe’s comet lander Philae has woken up and tweeted Earth via its mother ship...

    26. June 4, 2015

      Flatulent bugs and excited scientists inspire space careers

      Career ideas. One of the things I really like about Robert Peston’s Speakers for Schools programme is that school...

    27. February 15, 2015

      UK company plans to boldly go and make machines in space

      British companies are attempting to boldly go where no manufacturer has gone before by enabling huge pieces of hardware...

    28. January 16, 2015

      Beagle 2 lander found intact on Mars

      Space scientists have solved a very British Martian mystery. The UK-made Beagle 2 lander, which went missing at...

    29. December 23, 2014

      Ding dong merrily in high orbit

      Hundreds of Facebook posts are urging parents around the world to take their children outside on Christmas Eve to scan...

    30. December 10, 2014

      Rosetta comet data deliver blow to theory of Earth’s formation

      Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft, accompanying Comet 67P as it swoops towards the Sun, has discovered that its water is...

    31. December 2, 2014

      Funding pledge ensures Europe stays in the space race

      Europe has declared its determination to stay in the space race with plans to fund the development of a new generation...

    32. November 18, 2014

      Philae lander ‘sniffed’ organic molecules on comet

      The Philae lander “sniffed” organic molecules after it touched down on the Comet 67P last week, according to a...

    33. November 15, 2014

      Philae sends back comet data before going into hibernation

      Europe’s Philae space probe managed to send scientific data from its landing site on Comet 67P before going into...

    34. November 15, 2014

      Philae probe drills into comet surface

      Europe’s Philae space probe, sitting precariously in a rocky crevice on the head of Comet 67P, radioed to Earth on...

    35. November 14, 2014

      Space: ‘Hollywood is good but Rosetta is better’

      Its battery is in danger of dying and its exact location remained a mystery last night, as the fate of Philae , the...

    36. November 13, 2014

      Rosetta’s Philae space probe is a ‘happy lander’ but precarious on comet

      The European space probe Philae is sitting precariously on the comet 67P, about 510m km from Earth, after bouncing...

    37. November 12, 2014

      Leap for science as probe lands on comet

      An unmanned probe touched down on a comet for the first time on Wednesday, as the European Space Agency’s Philae lander...

    38. FT Photo Diary

      November 12, 2014

      An Aurora

      ESA/Getty In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA).German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took...

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