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  1. September 15, 2014

    European Space Agency chooses site for comet landing

    The European Space Agency has chosen the site where its Rosetta mission will attempt to place a robotic probe on comet 67P...

  2. August 6, 2014

    Comet chaser Rosetta reaches its target

    Europe’s Rosetta has become the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet, completing a 10-year 6bn km voyage to meet a...

  1. May 15, 2014

    Major Tim has peaks to climb to inspire tomorrow’s scientists

    Major Timothy Peake, Britain’s first official astronaut, is in London standing in front of the Science Museum’s replica of...

  2. April 3, 2014

    Scientists discover ocean on Saturn moon

    An ocean of liquid water, potentially capable of sustaining simple life, is sloshing around inside Saturn’s ice-encrusted...

  3. March 11, 2014

    UK boosts investment in international science projects

    Britain is committing £290m to join three international projects in space, physics and astronomy. The spending is the first...

  4. January 20, 2014

    After years of deep space sleep, Rosetta wakes to chase a comet

    Rosetta has woken up. The €1bn comet-chasing spacecraft has responded to an internal alarm clock and roused its electronics...

  5. January 10, 2014

    Science: Orkney – hot spot of the Stone Age

    The Orkney Islands, off Scotland’s north coast, are famous for their wealth of Stone Age monuments. Until recently, these...

  6. FT Photo Diary

    January 9, 2014

    Star trek image

    NASA/ESA/AFP Hubble telescope image of the barred spiral galaxy M83, also known as the Southern Pinwheel, reveals a galaxy...

  7. December 17, 2013

    Gaia satellite set for launch to map the stars

    The European Space Agency is about to send the world’s most powerful sky-mapping satellite into space when Gaia is launched...

  8. November 4, 2013

    Possibility of 20bn Earth-like planets in our galaxy, study finds

    Our Milky Way galaxy contains more than 20bn Earth-like planets with temperatures that could sustain life, according to the...

  9. October 18, 2013

    The European Space Agency, by Edgar Martins

    Childhood dreams of rockets and astronauts are nothing unusual, but for Edgar Martins his fascination with space did not end...

  10. October 4, 2013

    Climate change: sceptics, deniers and believers

    Speaking at a conference run by the European Space Agency in Edinburgh last month, David Willetts, the UK science minister,...

  11. August 29, 2013

    Serco pledges clean-up of government contracts

    Serco has pledged to weed out any internal wrongdoing after being accused of defrauding UK taxpayers for the second time in...

  12. July 19, 2013

    Science: The shape of drugs to come

    Ultra-bright X-ray beams, produced by accelerating electrons to near the speed of light in a huge synchrotron machine, are...

  13. July 12, 2013

    Harry Eyres: The language of diplomacy

    It speaks to the modesty of the man that when he received a call asking permission for a building to be named after him he...

  14. May 20, 2013

    Space industry’s hopes ride on ‘Major Tim’

    The first British astronaut for more than 20 years has been handed a mission above and beyond his journey into space: to be...

  15. May 19, 2013

    British astronaut Tim Peake set for launch

    The British space industry will be given a boost on Monday when Major Tim Peake is expected to be confirmed as Britain’s...

  16. March 31, 2013

    Space corridor provides a flare of hope

    Britain’s space industry is on an upward trajectory. With annual growth averaging 7 per cent throughout the downturn, UK...

  17. March 21, 2013

    Ancient universe revealed by cosmic map

    The European Space Agency has published the most detailed map so far of the oldest light in the sky, which holds the secrets...

  18. December 14, 2012

    The big melt: new data on ice caps

    The past few weeks have seen the publication of several important studies about global warming, timed partly to coincide...

  19. November 30, 2012

    Astronomical growth for UK

    Science and industry ministers have charted a way forward for Europe’s space activities. Their biennial meeting last week...

  20. October 26, 2012

    Secrets of the Titan landing

    The landing of the Huygens probe on Titan, Saturn’s moon, in January 2005 was the most spectacular single event in our...

  21. October 18, 2012

    UK seeks greater returns from Cern

    Britain is spearheading an effort to extract bigger commercial returns from the $8bn invested by the world’s governments in...

  22. October 10, 2012

    Avanti tumbles as it misses targets

    Shares in Avanti Communications fell by 16 per cent on Wednesday after the satellite operator undershot full year-revenue...

  23. September 9, 2012

    Nuclear waste set to power spacecraft

    Britain’s nuclear waste could be used to power spacecraft as part of government attempts to offset the huge cost of the...

  24. July 19, 2012

    Avio sales soar amid civil aviation boom

    Avio, the Italian aerospace company seeking to hold an initial public offering this year, reported an increase in first-half...

  25. May 18, 2012

    Breaking ice on Jupiter’s moons

    Europe’s next big space mission will be a €1bn project to investigate Jupiter’s three icy moons: Ganymede, Europa and...

  26. February 6, 2012

    Avanti secures financing for third satellite

    Avanti Communications is planning to become one of very few space-related companies listed on the main market of the London...

  27. Westminster Blog

    July 27, 2011

    Why 93 per cent of incapacity claimants are not scroungers

    Reading the front page of the Daily Mail today, you could be forgiven for thinking that the government’s new system for...

  28. July 7, 2011

    Crowds gather to watch space shuttle launch

    An estimated 750,000 space tourists have congregated on Florida’s east coast to see the final launch of a space shuttle,...

  29. May 1, 2011

    Nasa space shuttle launch delayed

    Nasa on Sunday delayed the launch of space shuttle Endeavour yet again to no earlier than May 8, as work continues to...

  30. April 1, 2011

    Belgium: Vicomte Dirk Frimout

    Photographed in Brussels Flight: 1992 Dirk Frimout, an expert in the physics of the high atmosphere, was chosen as one of...

  31. April 1, 2011

    Italy: Paolo Nespoli

    Houston, abbiano un problema ‘You can see the Milky Way very nicely’ Flights: 2007 and 2010 The first astronaut the FT...

  32. Westminster Blog

    February 17, 2011

    The IDS crackdown on stay-at-home mums?

    This is definitely the most curious policy included in the Universal Credit reforms. Why does IDS want to meddle with the...

  33. FT Tech Hub

    January 17, 2011

    Video game industry defends then condemns itself

    The video game industry has simultaneously tried to neutralise and amplify criticism of its skills in creating addictive...

  34. July 21, 2010

    Willetts unveils plan for Earth observation hub

    Britain’s ambitions in space, big and small, were revealed at the Farnborough Air Show where the science minister announced...

  35. July 19, 2010

    Space: US boldly goes in front in spite of funding squeeze

    Ever since a period in the late 1950s and early 1960s – when the Soviet Union launched the first artificial satellite, the...

  36. July 5, 2010

    Big Bang clues lie behind new image

    Space oddity: The universe as seen from the solar system The European Space Agency on Monday released a remarkable new view...

  37. FT Tech Hub

    June 15, 2010

    Game sales stats misrepresent industry - ESA

    Video game industry executives have gathered in Los Angeles for their annual E3 convention in the shadow of April sales...

  38. June 4, 2010

    Simulated mission mimics life on Mars

    Six volunteer would-be cosmonauts boarded a fake space station in Moscow yesterday for a simulated 520-day journey to Mars,...

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