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NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits

First America frets about aliens at its borders, now actual alien bodies turning up from space

Geoboffins baffled as Ceres is crawling with carbon organics

Comets might have seeded the surface over millennia

Astroboffins 'sprinkle iron filings' over remnant supernova

And discover it made a magnet that points 'up'

Astroboffins spot planets swimming in the mists of forming stars

New technique looks for patterns in protostars

Solar winds will help ESA probe smell what Mercury's cookin'

Sun's exhalations whip up molecules on planets with weak magnetic fields

Kepler finds three Earth-sized exoplanets, but they're too hot to handle

Upside: the kettle will always be ready. Downside: forget living on the surface

Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

She claims it was gift from Apollo veteran Neil Armstrong

Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space

Signs in the sky from diamonds

Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

Opportunity survived 2007 gale, but this one's way worse

NASA finds more stuff suggesting Mars could have hosted life, maybe

Organic material and methane finds can’t be tied to biological processes

Japan's asteroid-hunting robot Hayabusa2 has its prey within its sights

Landing, roving, cratering. What could possibly go wrong? Hopefully, nothing

Juno finds some lightning on Jupiter is the polar opposite to bolts here on Earth

Spacecraft gets mission extension to keep on gazing

USA! USA! We're No.1! And we want to keep it that way – in spaaaace

And we don't want to pay for it!

No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon's gravitational pull

Complex tidal forces have drawn out the day

NASA makes the James Webb Telescope a looker with a heart of gold

Astroboffins get precious about heat protection in space

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

Time team comes closest it ever has to magical zero result

DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

Curiosity Rover's drill is mostly working again after 'percussive maintenance'

Calm your conspiracy theories, latest glimpse reveals Planet Nine may just be a pipe dream

Dodgy outer orbits all down to asteroids and gravity

NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

Video Not enough time to even call Bruce Willis and Armageddonoutofhere

SpaceX flings SES-12 satellite into orbit, but would-be lunar tourists should probably unpack

Meanwhile, Russia brings three ISS crew safely home yet again

Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes

In Putin's Russia, battery life outlive YOU

Boffins quietly cheering possible discovery of new fundamental particle: Sterile neutrino

Champagne on ice, but MiniBooNE's 15-year hunt has produced promising results

Dawn spacecraft to get up-close and personal with dwarf planet Ceres

New orbit will skim just 30 miles above Death Star lookalike

The ice must flow: Dunes of frozen gas spotted on alien dwarf

Pluto's not just a cold distant ball – it may have been geologically active early on

SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch

Updated Comms sat to treat Asia Pacific to exciting new HD programming. Rejoice!

Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

Geek's Guide to Britain The North East's Zeppelin warning system is largely forgotten

MH370 search ends – probably – without finding missing 777

Probe of extra search area again fails to find plane

RIP to two 'naut legends: A moonwalker and a spacewalker

Obit Ad astra, Al Bean and Don Peterson

Headless man found in lava’s embrace

Chap in Pompeii had his block knocked off by a block of stone as he limped away from volcano

Meet the real spin doctors: Scientists tell H2O to chill out so they can separate isomers

Water fun fact of the day!

Toaster oven-sized boffin box bound for Mars to search for life

NASA hitches a ride on ESA's red planet trundle wagon

You've heard that pop will eat itself. Boffins have unveiled a rocket that does the same

Can u dig it? If you want to launch a single cubesat, you most certainly will

Comet 67P's cute rubber duck shape perfect for causing eruptions

When sunlight hits the comet, gas and dust sublime

Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

Clauses to the left, clauses to right and here we are, stuck in the middle with EU

EmDrive? More like BS drive: Physics-defying space engine flunks out

Test rig itself may be causing detected minute bursts of thrust, warn eggheads

Astroboffins, get in here and explain Saturn's odd-shaped balls

Well, technically speaking, the gas giant's ring system takes regular hard poundings

Through many dangers, toils and snares.... SpaceX to send amazing GRACE to spaaaaace

Rocket boffins to dump second-hand Falcon 9 in the sea

It could be you: National Lottery hands £16m to England's Jodrell Bank

Iconic site bags funding for 'astronomy gallery'

Presto chango, crypto buyo: You're travelling like El Reg's gang of nerds

Fancy micropaying for the great Geek's Guide eBook?

Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

Houston? What does ‘No SD’ mean? Is this thing even on?

Undocumented alien caught stealing orbits in our Solar System

Bee-Zed immigrant asteroid has been here for billions of years – too late to build a wall

Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

First time scientists have detected positrons whizzing in storms

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