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Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars: a new decade of exploration

In some rare but welcome positive news, the new rover Perseverance (a.k.a. Percy) safely landed on Mars on February 18 at 20:55 UTC. The rover is equipped with seven cameras uniquely tasked with filming its entry, descent and landing, which allowed NASA to collect over 30 gigabytes of information and more than 23,000 images. If […]

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Why does the far side of the moon matter so much to us?

Thursday 3 January was a remarkable day in scientific exploration as China’s Chang-e 4 probe made a historic touchdown by being the first man-made device to land on the far side of the moon. It’s been a particularly hard feat to achieve, owing to the fact that beyond a certain point, earth cannot directly communicate […]

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Event preview: The national student space conference

Now in its 31st year, the UKSEDS (UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) National Student Space Conference (NSSC) 2019 arrives in Edinburgh this coming weekend (2-3 March 2019) for a jam-packed, two day extraordinaire exploring the universe and beyond. Described as the ‘premier event for students interested in space’, the NSSC brings […]

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Chang’e 4 probe reaches the dark side of the moon

China successfully completed the world’s first landing on the far side of the Moon with Chang’e4, an unmanned space probe. It is undoubtedly a jubilant time for China’s space program but are there greater ramifications? Unfortunately for any fanciful Pink Floyd groupie or misguided Transformers fan, the sunny landing of China’s Chang’e 4 space probe on […]