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Space Now!

Hello weary space traveller. Please sit down and put your feet up. Here you will find all the news you need from space direct from the Space Communications team at the National Space Centre. No need to ever leave your TARDIS again.Smiley

Mars' close encounter

Comet Siding Spring as seen from NEOWISE. Image credit: NASA.On 19 October 2014 Comet C/2013 A1 made a close fly-by past our neighbouring planet Mars.

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Spaceflights next giant leap?

As NASA continue to make progress on their Orion spacecraft one visitor asks; Why is it only a small step and not a giant leap?

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NASA calls a taxi for the ISS

NASA have announced the next step in human spaceflight. They have selected two private companies to run Space Station 'Taxis' so they can concentrate on deep space exploration. 

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The Destiny of Spaceflight

Future Newcastle. Image credit: Activision.Recently Activision asked for some insights into the future of space flight. Together we created a futuristic glimpse of some iconic UK cities to celebrate the release of their new video game, Destiny.

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Comet chaser Rosetta Update

Following an ambitious 10 year journey, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft entered 'orbit' around comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Rosetta's Rendevous

Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Image credit: ESA.On the 6 August the Rosetta spacecraft arrived at the destination it has been travelling for more than ten years to reach - an orbit around the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Final journey for ATV

ATV-5 logo. Image credit: ESA.On the 29 July the fifth and final ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) will be lauching to the International Space Station (ISS) and onboard will be cargo that the National Space Centre helped create!

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Mission: Balloon Launch

2.0 flying above the National Space Centre.To celebrate the National Space Centre's 13th Birthday we launched a weather balloon into near space with a very special astronaut on board!

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Infographic: Sally Ride

We gathered some facts to celebrate the anniversary of Sally Ride becoming the first American woman in space. 

 

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What does it take to land on Mars?

Artist's impression of Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator. Image credit: NASA.For years Mars has been capturing our imagination as a potential site for human colonisation or alien life. In order to further the discovery of our red neighbour the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator mission is working hard to find new and inventive ways of landing safely on Mars. 

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SpaceX announces Dragon V2


Elon Musk has unveiled SpaceX's "21st Century" spacecraft, the Dragon V2. The next stage in their rapidly growing space empire. 

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Spectacular new meteor shower expected.

This weekend we are going to be going a little comet crazy here at the National Space Centre, we have half-term kicking off and also a brand new meteor shower 

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ISS: End of an era?

A recent announcement by Russia’s deputy prime minister looks to alter the landscape of space exploration.

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The Changing Elements of Science

How many elements are there on the Periodic Table? There may be more than you think.

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Eta Aquarids meteor shower

Composite of shooting stars from an Eta Aquarids meteor shower. Image credit: NASA.The 6/7 May will be peak viewing for the Eta Aquarids meteor shower; a meteor shower caused by debris from Halley's Comet.

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A ring of fire

Annular solar eclipse. Image credit: NASA.On Tuesday 29 April 2014, the moon will pass in front of the Sun creating an annular solar eclipse.

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Skydiver's near miss

This week we discovered a story that got us scratching our heads. A remarkable event had been potentially documented.

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A view of Mars

Mars. Image credit: NASA.This April is a great time to focus our attentions on Mars. Over the coming month we should get some of the best views of our neighbouring red planet.

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Uranus' Discovery

This week we turn our focus to one of the more unusual planets in our Solar System, Uranus. The third largest planet in our local neighbourhood has some truly perplexing features.

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PLATO gets launch plan

On Wednesday ESA selected its third medium science class mission. They were excited to announce that PLATO would be launched in 2024 to search for planets.

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From our Blog:

The Orionid meteor shower, a trail of debris left in space by Halley's Comet, will light up the night sky tonight and tomorrow.

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Space Now:

Comet Siding Spring as seen from NEOWISE. Image credit: NASA.On 19 October 2014 Comet C/2013 A1 made a close fly-by past our neighbouring planet Mars.

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Birthday Parties:

Celebrate your birthday at the National Space Centre with our fantastic birthday party packages!

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