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Lunar exploration has always been exclusively a matter for nation states, but it is now within the reach of private enterprise and a growing number of companies are looking to explore the Moon in the next few years.
ESA makes plans to capture derelict satellites
Latest commercial supply ship set for destruction
Instruments come together in milestone for JWST
Rival spaceplanes attract interest abroad
SpaceShipTwo and Cygnus make fresh strides for commercial space
Falcon flies at last from Florida with TV satellite
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Chinese pictures from the Moon to be shared with international observatory
Moon Express customer the International Lunar Observatory Association will receive images from the Chinese Chang'e-3 lunar mission's telescope.
Athena and eLISA observatories chosen to study the Universe
The Athena and eLISA observatories will be the next two large telescopic missions for the European Space Agency, with expected launches in 2028 and 2032.
Moon Express tests flight software on prototype robotic lander
Commercial lunar exploration company Moon Express has been trying out its flight software on NASA's Mighty Eagle, a prototype robotic lander.
Goodbye Cygnus as astronauts put out the trash
The Cygnus space freighter will plunge to destruction in the atmosphere today after being released from the International Space Station
Government-funded radio telescopes fall silent in United States
Most of the NRAO's major observatories are silent amid a cessation in U.
Cygnus berths and Falcon 9 flies on busy day for commercial space
Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus cargo freighter finally berthed with the International Space Station yesterday and SpaceX launched the first of a new breed of Falcon 9 in a busy day for commercial space activities.
Japan aims to beam solar energy down from orbit
The Japanese space agency JAXA is developing a revolutionary concept to put “power stations” in orbit to capture sunlight and beam it to Earth.
Space companies make progress in testing landers
Two commercial rocket companies have demonstrated how they can control reusable landing craft by diverting them in flight.
Ariane 5 delivers Europe's biggest ever satellite into orbit
The latest Ariane 5 rocket thundered into space through patchy cloud on Thursday night to deliver Europe’s biggest and most sophisticated telecommunications satellite ever built into orbit.
UK to invest £60 million in air-breathing rocket engine
The UK Government is to invest £60 million in the development of the world's first prototype Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, or SABRE.
Wanted - new owner for one of world's major telescopes
New owners are being sought for one of the world's major observatories, the James Maxwell Clerk Telescope, after UK funding ends next year.
Your chance to share in a space telescope
Space enthusiasts are being offered the chance to share in funding the construction, launch and operation of a mini version of the Hubble telescope in orbit.
Europe's new Earth monitoring probe takes first image
ESA's Earth watching satellite, Proba-V, is in good health following its launch last week and has taken its first image of Earth.
Deep Space Industries plans robotic fleet to mine asteroids
Deep Space Industries have outlined their ambitious plan to mine asteroids for fuel and materials.
New company to join the asteroid gold rush
Deep Space Industries intends to build a fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft that can harvest and process these chunks of space rock
Commercial spaceflight showed its ambitions in 2012
Sen looks back at the spaceflight highlights of 2012 including Skylon's SABRE engine development and Dragon becoming the first commercial spacecraft to visit the ISS.
A different perspective of Earth
Six astronauts orbit Earth aboard the space station this Christmas.
Golden Spike plans manned Moon missions
NASA space scientists and engineers have set up Golden Spike, a commercial company that aims to return humans to the Moon.
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