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The Sky at Night – Here Comes the Sun

The Sky at Night - Here Comes the Sun: Esa’s solar orbiter was launched from Cape Canaveral earlier this year on a decade long mission to discover the secrets of our sun. And the Sky at Night was there to capture all the action. Two aspects of this mission make it unique. First, the spacecraft is designed to capture the highest resolution images of the sun ever taken. And then it will orbit the sun to give us a glimpse…

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The Sky at Night – Space Mission Special

The Sky at Night - Space Mission Special: Only a handful of missions are sent into space every decade, but how do we decide which missions are cleared for launch and which are grounded?     This month the Sky at Night goes behind the scenes as the European Space Agency select their next F-class mission, scheduled to be launched in 2028. And we meet the British teams vying to have their ideas selected, including a revolutionary mission to a…

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The Sky at Night – Venus, Earths Twin

Venus, Earths Twin How can two such similar planets have become so different? One is the crucible of life, the other an inferno with a surface scorched by raining acid, yet both began as almost identical bodies. With Venus prominent in the sky in May, the team explores our nearest neighbour, discovering how it formed and how ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has revealed the secrets of its atmosphere.     Dr Lucie Green explores what happened to leave Venus with…

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