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    1. 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...

    2. 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 of...

    1. 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 preliminary...

    2. 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 European...

    3. November 14, 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 Friday...

    4. November 14, 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 hibernation...

    5. 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 twice on...

    6. 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 this...

    7. November 12, 2014

      ESA is a serious player capable of taking on Nasa

      Rosetta’s achievement – the first robotic landing on a comet – bears comparison with any of the great feats of unmanned...

    8. 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...

    9. November 11, 2014

      ‘Seven hours of terror’ to comet fall

      A man-made object will land on a comet for the first time later on Wednesday, if the European Space Agency’s Philae probe...

    10. November 9, 2014

      A ‘Rosetta stone’ that may unlock the mystery of life on Earth

      Two decades or so ago, when I was a postgraduate student, colleagues in my old research department spoke dreamily of a space...

    11. November 6, 2014

      Virgin faulted for safety precautions

      Safety procedures at Virgin Galactic, whose spacecraft crashed on a test flight last week, included too few safeguards to...

    12. November 6, 2014

      Virgin Galactic crash highlights different safety philosophies

      Watching video of SpaceShipTwo’s second powered flight – on September 5, 2013 – makes it easy to understand how thin the...

    13. FT Photo Diary

      October 17, 2014

      Hurricane from space

      Alexander Gerst/NASA/AFP Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut...

    14. FT Photo Diary

      October 9, 2014

      Reid Wiseman performs the Spacewalk

      Alexander Gerst/NASA/ESA/Reuters NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst (not shown)...

    15. September 26, 2014

      Lord Hill promises Britain no slack on banker bonuses (even though that is no longer his job)

      If, like a kid before Christmas, you cannot wait for next week’s grilling of the incoming commissioners by the European...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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,...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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