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British Astronaut SelectedMay 20, 2009, 4:54 pm

Timothy Peake, 37, a British army helicopter pilot has been selected by ESA to be one of their future astronauts. ESA also choose five other people to be their astronauts. The surprise is that the Briton was chosen because the British Government has refused to finance human space travel, prefering to send robots and satiellites into space. Sending non-humans is safer and cheaper and believe the amount of information that can be gained from non-humans is more than what humans could obtain. Lets hope they now change their mind.



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Star Trek Prequel Film ReleasedMay 8, 2009, 4:54 pm

Like many other franchises (James Bond, Batman and Incredible Hulk), the Star Trek franchise got a reboot due to its flagging popularity. The adventure tells the story of Capt. James Tiberius Kirk first mission to the stars. Jokingly named by people as `When Kirk Met Spock`, it features their first encounter. Early reviews of it has been positive and some are describing it as the best Star Trek movie ever.



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Blue MarsMarch 2, 2009, 9:03 pm

According to those boffins at Brown University in Rhode Island, Mars had water flowing over the planet. It was also recent, a mere 1.25 million years ago. When you consider the universe has been around for 13.5 billion years, its not that long ago. That begs the question, did Mars have life on the planet but something went horribly wrong? The water somehow retreated back to the polar regions which we see as large white areas. For more information on what the scientists say, read it in the Geology journal. Source http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7919113.stm .



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Giant Rocky Planet DiscoveredFebruary 3, 2009, 8:47 pm

The COROT (COnvection ROtation and Planetary Transits) space project has discovered a planet which is believed to have a rocky surface. The project led by the French space agency in collaboration with other organisations. It is a space telescope that scans the stars for wobbles that might suggest evidence of a planet orbiting. It was announced that they discovered an Exoplanet, 1.7x the size of Earth encircling a star in the constellation of Monoceros that had a solid surface. The planet raced round its star every 20 hours and is too close to the star to sadly support life. Previous exoplanet discoveries had been of planets that were made of gas like Jupiter.



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The Eleventh Doctor Who is revealedJanuary 3, 2009, 6:23 pm

In a bid to prevent from being beaten to announce who will be cast as the new Doctor Who, the BBC announced who will take over as The Doctor. The BBC announced the new Doctor as soon as they cast him. The new actor is Matt Smith, a relatively unknown actor. He is also the youngest at 26, beating Peter Davidson by three years. They`ll be accusations of them trying to bring a little romance to the character but it won`t be harmed by his age.



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International Year of Astronomy BeginsJanuary 1, 2009, 2:17 pm

To mark the 400th anniversary of the creation of the telescope by Galileo Galilei, the Italian Astronomer, the International Astronomy Union has announced that this year is to be the International Year of Astronomy. It will be marked by a number of events held throughout the world.



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British UFO Files releasedOctober 20, 2008, 8:47 pm

The British Government has made nineteen documents available online about UFO sightings. The most publicised one is the story of the Alitalia pilot who reported a near miss with a cigar shaped UFO over Kent in 1991. No explanation could be found as to what the object was. Another story is about a U.S.A.F. pilot ordered to shoot down one of those objects. The UFO managed to escape which is lucky it did. Also covered is a story from a woman who claims to be from the Sirian Solar System who landed during the Second World War. Investigator took notes then ignored her story. To read more about the sighting reports, visit The National Archives. The truth may very well be contained in those documents.



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Aliens exist, the Vatican announceMay 14, 2008, 8:48 pm

Contrary to what some people think, the Vatican have said that they do believe that life exists out there including Mars. Although they don`t believe in Martians, they are talking about viral lifeforms. This was announced in the Vatican newspaper in article written by Father Funes, who is the director of the Vatican Observatory near Rome. To show their scientific credentials, they are hoping to host a conference marking the birth of Charles Darwin, the main enemy of creationism.Source http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/7399661.stm



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The British are coming.... or going where no Briton has gone before...February 15, 2008, 12:10 am

For many years, the British Government had refused to finance its nationals into space. Helen Sharman, the first Briton in space got there through a commercially sponsored competition. The other three Michael Foale, Piers Sellars and Nicholas Patrick all had to give up British Citizenship to go into space. Now there is talk or spin as some might say that the British Government may now change its mind on the subject. Ian Pearson, the Science and Innovation Minister hinted yesterday that it would change. We could see someone in space by 2020 or earlier or be part of the team that makes the maiden journey to Mars.

A new British space centre would be built in Harwell, Oxfordshire to help with space innovation. Space is the next big thing for people to go. Richard Branson is soon to be the owner of the first company to offer space trips. Other companies will follow and holidaying on the moon will be as commonplace as holidaying in Spain. There are people who are aggrieved at us spending large sums but there will also be opposition to anything...



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Sputnik 1's BirthdayOctober 4, 2007, 4:05 pm

It is now fifty years since the Russians launched Sputnik 1 and kick-started the exploration of space. Some people saw it as a threat because the Russians had got there first, others were pleased because it showed theres no limit to our abilities. Some twelve years later, America landed on the moon. We now talk of co-operation not competition as we aim to build a base on the moon as a stepping stone for further afield. We`ve already collaborated by putting the international space station in place so a trip to the moon and beyond shouldn`t be too much should it? We`re already in an age when people (e.g. Dennis Tito) can holiday in space, it won`t be long before we can take package holidays in space. Maybe we`ll terraform Mars so the stories of Kim Stanley Robinson come true?



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