Rosetta comet lander tells magnetic story

Comet 67P
Philae landed on the smaller lobe of the comet, touching the surface four times before coming to a rest

The comet being trailed through space by Europe's Rosetta probe has no magnetic field of its own.

The finding is significant because it answers one of the major questions of the mission - namely, did magnetic fields play a major role in pulling together the material that makes up icy dirt-balls like 67P?

On this evidence, it would seem not.

Other formation processes must have been paramount in the nascent Solar System, 4.5 billion years ago.

Researchers working on the European Space Agency mission released their assessment here at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly meeting. They have also published a paper in the journal Science.

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'Robot chef' aimed at home kitchen

A London-based company has launched a prototype "robo-chef" for the home.

Moley Robotics is demonstrating its concept at this year's Hannover Messe - a big trade fair for industrial technology held annually in Germany.

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Getting ready for the mission to Hell

Airbus cleanroom
Airbus has produced a "copy" of SolO to test and validate the design

They must be the two most audacious space missions currently in development.

Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus will venture inside the orbit of Mercury to study the Sun.

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Bloodhound: Superwheels for supersonic car go into production

Wheel machining
A forged aluminium "cheese" goes into one of Castle's machines to be cut to a very precise shape

The process of machining the fastest wheels in automotive history has begun.

The aluminium discs will be fitted to the Bloodhound Supersonic Car, which will endeavour to break the world land speed record (763mph) later this year.

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Lisa Pathfinder: 'Exquisite' gravity probe leaves UK

Lisa Pathfinder
The Lisa Pathfinder contract represented a watershed for UK industry in space

British industry has completed construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite.

This remarkable probe will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space.

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Sentinel-2: Europe's 'Landsat' ready to picture Planet Earth

Sentinel-2a

The lead spacecraft in Europe's new multi-billion-euro Earth observation (EO) programme is built and ready to go into orbit.

Sentinel-2a will take pictures of the planet's surface in visible and infrared light.

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Hubble's star refuses to fade

Sombrero Galaxy
Hubble has wowed us all with its stunning views of the cosmos

Scientists say they have every hope that the Hubble Space Telescope will keep working for at least another five years, perhaps more.

The famous observatory is about to celebrate its 25th birthday.

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Beagle2: Small margins between success and failure

At far left, MEx snaps Beagle heading away towards Mars in its protective entry shell
Last contact: At far left, Beagle is snapped by MEx heading away towards Mars in its protective entry shell

"My nightmare is that Beagle is sat there on the surface of Mars still trying to talk to us and, for the sake of a broken cable, it's not."

That was Mark Sims, the mission manager on the UK-led Beagle2 mission to the Red Planet, speaking at the publication of the team's own inquiry report into what went wrong.

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'Planet' Pluto comes into view

Pluto artwork
New Horizons will zip past Pluto on 14 July, but take over a year to downlink its data

There are three letters you need to know this year: BTH.

They stand for "Better Than Hubble"; and in the next few months, we're going to witness two remarkable BTH events.

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Philae comet lander: Sleep well little probe

An emotional Andrea Accomazzo
Andrea Accomazzo would like to end the Rosetta satellite's mission by also landing it on the comet

European Space Agency controllers will not give up on Philae.

They will continue to listen for the little probe in the days ahead, hopeful that it will somehow become active again.

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