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Exodus

Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future

Ross Andersen

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Space Exploration
What if ET is an AI?

After centuries searching for extraterrestrial life, we might find that first contact is not with organic creatures at all

Caleb Scharf

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Astronomy
Distant ruins

Scientists used to scan the skies for messages from alien civilisations. Now they go looking for their ruins

Paul Gilster

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Astronomy
Life on Mars

In a white dome on a bare mountain, six of us are road-testing life in a Martian colony. This is what I’ve learned so far

Sheyna Gifford

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Biology
Onward to Europa

The oceans of Jupiter’s ice worlds might be swimming with life – so why do we keep sending robots to Mars?

Lee Billings

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Astronomy
Alien rights

When we meet aliens, it won’t be a friendly encounter nor a conquest: it will be a gold rush. Can we make sure it’s ethical?

Lizzie Wade

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Space Exploration
Whitey on Mars

Elon Musk and the rise of Silicon Valley’s strange trickle-down science

Andrew Russell & Lee Vinsel

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Cosmology
Galactic position system

We can point to our home on a globe and find Earth in a model of the solar system but where are we in the Milky Way?

Sarah Scoles

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Astronomy
Outer limits

Where does earth end and space begin? Finding the border between the two is not as simple or scientific as you might think

Greg Klerkx

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Astronomy
Are we alone?

The universe seems to be bursting with planets, and this is profoundly important — but not in the way we might expect

Caleb Scharf

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Travel
How we lost the Moon

The Moon has always enchanted dreamers, but Apollo is a fading memory and routine lunar travel seems as remote as ever

Brian Clegg

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Cosmology
To boldly sell

Space is for sale. And if we want to get serious about our interplanetary ambitions, that could be a good thing

Grayson Clary

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Cosmology
Mixed messages

Our latest message to ET could be full of LOLcats and celebs. We should try to do better, or keep quiet altogether

Sarah Scoles

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Space Exploration
To save Earth, go to Mars

If head-on problem-solving can’t save the Earth, maybe lateral innovation can. Will low-cost space research pave the way?

Joe Mascaro

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Cosmology
Spaced out

Living in space was meant to be our next evolutionary step. What happened to the dream of the final frontier?

Greg Klerkx