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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

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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A closer look at asteroids

This week marks the 13th anniversary of the NEAR Shoemaker mission, the first spacecraft to orbit and touchdown on the surface of an asteroid.

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'Planet' Concordia

Concordia at sunset. Image credit: ESA.The Concordia research station in Antarctica is the most remote place we have that can support humans.

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A week of remembrance

The Apollo 1 crew, the flight STS-51L crew and the flight STS-107 crew. Image credit: NASA.This week saw the anniversaries of three tragic space disasters. At this time it is worth reflecting on the sacrifices we have made to extend our horizons.

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Waking Rosetta

Rosetta calls home. Image credit: ESA.At 10 AM on the 20 January, the onboard 'alarm clock' on the comet-chasing, Rosetta spacecraft sounded; the signal for Rosetta to wake up after over 30 months of sleep.

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Stargazing guide 2014: Sept - Dec

Stargazing 2.0sThis week the UK will be turning its gaze upwards as the nation tunes in for the annual Stargazing Live week, but let’s not forget there are things to see all year long.

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Stargazing guide 2014: May - Aug

Stargazing 2.0s

This week the UK will be turning its gaze upwards as the nation tunes in for the annual Stargazing Live week, but let’s not forget there are things to see all year long.

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Stargazing guide 2014: Jan - Apr

Stargazing 2.0sThis week the UK will be turning its gaze upwards as the nation tunes in for the annual Stargazing Live week, but let's not forget there are things to see all year long.

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Christmas in space

Expedition 34 Christmas 2012. Image credit: NASA.Ever wondered what it would be like to celebrate Christmas in space?

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Discovering the galaxy with Gaia

Artist's impression of the launch of Gaia. Image credit: ESA.On the 19 December a Soyuz craft containing ESA's spacecraft, Gaia, launches. Gaia is a star mapping craft and aims to map our galaxy in more detail than has ever been achieved before.

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Geminids meteor shower peaks

False colour image of the Geminids meteor shower. Image credit: (NASA/MSFC/B. Cooke, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office)Each December, the Geminids meteor shower can provide a striking display as one of the final astronomic sights of the year. This year, it will be peaking on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December.

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The Fate of Comet ISON

Comet C/2012 S1, more commonly known as ISON, has disintegrated after its close encounter with the sun.

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Another shot for Kepler?

Scientists have found a way to resurrect one of astronomy's most revolutionary telescopes.

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ESA's Swarm mission launches

The Swarm satellites. Image credit: ESA.The 22 November marks the launch of ESA's newest Earth Explorer, Swarm. The Swarm satellites launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in Russia at 12.02pm GMT.

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NASA's MAVEN mission launches

Artist's impression of MAVEN orbiting Mars. Image credit: NASA.18 November marks the begining of NASA's MAVEN spacecraft mission to Mars. MAVEN launched into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA from 6.28 pm GMT.

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ISS crew change November 2013

Expedition 38/39 launches. Image credit: NASA.On 6 November, three astronauts blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakstan on their way to the ISS. The astronauts relieved three of their colleagues who landed safely back on Earth on 11 November.

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Earth-sized rocky planet found

Artist impression of Kepler-78b. Image credit: David A. Aguilar, Havard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.The first Earth-sized rocky planet to Earth has been found outside of our solar system.

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From our Blog:

On Monday 07 April we had two visitors from Russia queuing at our door before we opened.  They said they wanted to buy some gifts from our shop for friends and family to celebrate Cosmonautics Day, so after a conversation about their traditions we wanted to celebrate too.

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Space Now:

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

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Birthday Parties:

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

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