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OSIRIS-REx space probe catches a whiff of water on asteroid Bennu

But how Earth ended up with all its water is still a mystery

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

Chang'e-4 is in the pipe; 5 by 5

Official: Voyager 2 is now an interstellar spacecraft

The veteran probe that keeps going has now gone where only Voyager 1 has gone before

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

'Sun in a box' system promises power storage from molten silicon

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

1,000mph dreams dashed as administrators throw in the towel

Galileo's magnifico measurement: 1976 redshift test updated

A second put aside for Doresa and Milena

Falcon 9 gets its feet wet as SpaceX notch up two more launch successes

Also, Musk's giant mitt misses again but don't worry. Those salt stains will buff out ok

Waiter, what's this? SpaceX delivery delayed for a day by moldy food

Don't worry, NASA's not skimping on astronauts - the food is for mice

No, you haven't gone deaf – the Large Hadron Collider has been wound down for more upgrades

Back in 2021 with even more inverse femtobarns*

Three become six as new 'nauts arrive for a visit to the ISS

Russia's back in the crewed spaceflight game with a bang

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth

Off-planet manic miner reaches orbit around its prey: Bennu

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

Interview You need spectrum – and find something better to spend £92m on, will ya?

Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon

Boffins promise to return 'nauts to the lunar surface, too. No, really

Thought black holes were donut-shaped? It turns out they're more like deadly fountains

Japanese boffins argue for a new spin on astrophysics

It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

These ultra-precise babies are not your average timepiece

Pulses quicken at NASA as SpaceX gets closer to crewed launches and Russia readies the next Soyuz

If only there was some way the agency could unwind a bit. Or maybe not

CubeSat buddies, like those sent to track Mars InSight landing, can be used in future missions

Vid Plucky briefcase-size birds beamed back data pronto of Martian touchdown attempt

NASA's Mars probe InSight really has Mars in sight: It beams back first pic after touchdown

Vid Once solar panels are deployed, spacecraft can begin studying Martian underground

NASA has Mars InSight as latest lander due to arrive today

Then it's time to penetrate the Martian surface for science

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

Minister confirms how much UK spunked on system it can't use

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

No one fancied Salyut-style jaunt to Mir to grab some gear

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans

Boatnotes Warships don't only sink the nation's enemies, you know

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

♪We built this rocket on debt and bull*♪

Busy week for ISS as Russia resumes flights and vies for parking spaces with NASA

Roundup Don't worry, it was just cargo, not 'nauts

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

Measurement nerds enter the 21st century

Sorry, but NASA says Mars signal wasn't Opportunity knocking

Mislabelled signal raised rover fans' hopes, just for a while

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

Icy planet within cosmic spitting distance of humanity

Rocket Labs mean business, Brits stick pin in Mars map, and Japan celebrates HTV-7’s dive into the atmosphere

Roundup Another way ISS 'nauts can send stuff home

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

Video Don't expect one in your mobile phone any time soon, admittedly

Thank $deity that week's over. Look, here's some trippy music generated from pixels of a Martian sunrise to play us out

Video So there is fife on Mars?

Third Soyuz does not explode while auditors resume poking around NASA's big rocket SLS

Meanwhile, SpaceX forges ahead with BFR, pretty chill

Here's a search engine for all you boffins and eggheads that makes it easier to learn science

Microsoft co-founder's gift from beyond the grave

FYI NASA just lobbed its Parker probe around the Sun in closest flyby yet: A nerve-racking 15M miles from the surface

FAB, Lady Penelope

Astroboffins spot one of the oldest, coolest stars in the universe lurking in the Milky Way

Ancient light source may last trillions of years before dying

Russia inches closer to launching a crew again while NASA waits for a delivery from Germany

De-crewed? More like de-orbit if the ISS had to wait for Orion

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention

Beam would light up planets, lead furious ETs back to Earth

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

Poll Here's our Top Ten pick of the best of Brits

Dawn of the dead: NASA space probe runs out of gas in asteroid belt after 6.4 billion-mile trip

First it was the Kepler telescope, and now Dawnie has kicked the bucket too

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

So we're ok to launch a crew in December, right? Er, guys?

Nikola Tesla's greatest challenge: He could measure electricity but not stupidity

Something for the Weekend, Sir? A scientist on a banknote? Stick that up your Darcy

Transformers: Robots... at least it tries: Watch boffins' Optimus Dime rearrange on the fly

Its creators see this shape-shifter droid as more like Big Hero 6 than cheesy Autobots

Need electric propulsion for your satellite? Want a 'made in Britain' sticker? Step right this way...

Updated Thales boldly goes where, er, NASA went in the 1960s

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