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Solar System

# solar-system - Thursday 27 February, 2014

# solar-system - Saturday 15 February, 2014

# solar-system - Saturday 25 January, 2014

Is there life on Mars? Ten years on the Opportunity rover is still looking

The rover was only supposed to run for 90 days, but 10 years a 40 Martian kilometers later, it shows no signs of stopping.

# solar-system - Friday 17 January, 2014

Column: Why is Pluto not a planet?

Most of us grew up learning that there were nine planets in the Solar System. But why did Pluto get demoted? Conor Farrell explains how our understanding of the icy body changed.

# solar-system - Thursday 12 September, 2013

Final Frontier: NASA’s Voyager departs the solar system for deep space

The Voyager 1 probe was launched in 1977 on a mission to explore the outer planets. It will continue to drift across the galaxy, carrying discs of greetings from planet Earth…

# solar-system - Tuesday 23 July, 2013

This is what earth looks like from Saturn, 1.44 billion km away

See the tiny blue dot there that’s the earth (not to be confused with dust on your screen).

# solar-system - Wednesday 20 March, 2013

NASA denies report that Voyager left solar system

The US space agency described a report published today as “premature”.

# solar-system - Tuesday 25 December, 2012

2012: The year in space exploration 2012 Review This post contains images

2012: The year in space exploration

Landing on Mars, meteor showers and fixing the space station with a toothbrush – it’s been quite a year.

# solar-system - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Astronomers get rare glimpse of icy, dwarf planet

‘Makemake’ is one of five dwarf planets known to exist on the edge of our Solar System – but very little has been known about it until this point.

# solar-system - Wednesday 17 October, 2012

Earth-sized planet found just outside solar system

Astronomers have found the closest planet in location and size to the Earth circling a star in the system Alpha Centauri.

# solar-system - Saturday 28 July, 2012

Life on Mars: how close are we to living in space?

Mankind’s fascination with space has long sparked fantasies of living away from Earth, but is this any closer to becoming a reality?

# solar-system - Tuesday 26 June, 2012

Is NASA’s Voyager about to leave the solar system?

The spacecraft, which was launched in 1977, appears to be on the verge of becoming the first spaceship to leave the solar system. Bon voyage…

# solar-system - Tuesday 12 June, 2012

NASA refines Mars landing – but brings it closer to dangerous landing zone

‘Curiosity’ is set to land on the red plant in early August.

# solar-system - Wednesday 6 June, 2012

VIDEO: Venus passes in front of the sun for the last time before 2117 Transit Of Venus This post contains videos

VIDEO: Venus passes in front of the sun for the last time before 2117

The ‘Transit of Venus’ occurs in pairs, and won’t be seen again this century – but NASA, thankfully, took this video.

# solar-system - Tuesday 5 June, 2012

Astronomers gear up for rare Venus Transit solar event Venus This post contains videos

Astronomers gear up for rare Venus Transit solar event

Next time Venus can be seen travelling across the face of the Sun will be in 2117.

# solar-system - Thursday 3 May, 2012

European Space Agency sets sights on Jupiter

New mission will focus on the gas giant’s three large icy moons.

# solar-system - Sunday 12 February, 2012

Gallery: Dramatic images of our nearest star Stellar Art This post contains images

Gallery: Dramatic images of our nearest star

NASA has compiled an exhibition of the colourful and intriguing images captured by its Solar Dynamics Observatory.

# solar-system - Wednesday 21 December, 2011

Video: Two ‘Earth-sized’ planets discovered outside solar system Space This post contains videos

Video: Two ‘Earth-sized’ planets discovered outside solar system

The planets offer hope that extraterrestrial life could be discovered, scientists say.

# solar-system - Thursday 8 December, 2011

NASA’s Voyager 1 in “cosmic purgatory” and preparing to leave solar system Space This post contains images

NASA’s Voyager 1 in “cosmic purgatory” and preparing to leave solar system

In pictures: Check out the amazing space images captured by the Voyager craft since they launched in the late 1970s.

# solar-system - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

‘New Earth’ found in distant solar system

Nasa has called the discovery of Kepler 22-b a “major milestone on the road to finding Earth’s twin”.

# solar-system - Tuesday 12 July, 2011

From The Daily Edge How today is the planet Neptune’s first birthday (kind of) Birthday Boy

How today is the planet Neptune’s first birthday (kind of)

Neptune was first observed from Earth on 24 September 1846. So how does that make today a birthday?