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Make Uranus mission your priority, Nasa told

The US space agency Nasa should prioritise a mission to Uranus, an influential panel of scientists says.

The “ice giant” is the seventh planet in our Solar System, orbiting the Sun 19 times further out than the Earth.

Nasa’s giant new SLS Moon rocket makes its debut

The American space agency has rolled out its new giant Moon rocket for the first time.

The vehicle, known as the Space Launch System (SLS), was taken to the pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to conduct a dummy countdown.

If that goes well, the rocket will be declared ready for a mission in which it will send an uncrewed test capsule around the Moon.

Hubble telescope successor faces ‘two weeks of terror’

Engineers like to describe the process of landing a rover on Mars as the “seven minutes of terror”.

That’s how long it takes for a robot to come to a standing-stop at the surface of the Red Planet after entering the atmosphere faster than a rifle bullet; and so much has to go right in-between to avoid smashing into the ground.