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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.

Hubble: ‘Single star’ detected at record-breaking distance

They’ve nicknamed it “Earendel” and it’s the most distant, single star yet imaged by a telescope.

The light from this object has taken 12.9 billion years to reach us.

It’s at the sort of distance that telescopes normally would only be able to resolve galaxies containing millions of stars.

But the Hubble space observatory has picked out Earendel individually by exploiting a natural phenomenon that’s akin to using a zoom lens.

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.

James Webb Space Telescope given revised 24 December launch

US and European officials have confirmed 24 December for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Engineers completed final checks on Friday before closing the observatory behind the nose cone of its Ariane rocket.

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.