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A Nasa space capsule carrying captured particles blown off the Sun has crashed back to Earth in the Utah desert after its parachutes failed to open. The $264m Genesis mission spent more than two years gathering the solar material to help scientists understand the origin of the Sun and the planets. Hollywood stunt pilots had been waiting to catch the capsule in midair to give its cargo a special soft landing. The US space agency is now...


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The Genesis probe, which left Earth in 2001 to gather particles blown off the Sun, returns its cargo on Wednesday. It will eject a capsule that will enter Earth's atmosphere at 40,000km/h before slowing, with the help of a parachute, to fall over the Utah desert. Hollywood stunt pilots are waiting to snatch the parachute in midair to prevent the capsule hitting the ground. Scientists hope the particles of solar wind can tell them...


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The constant bombardment of billions of tiny particles from the Sun is shaping the Solar System, studies have shown. ... We now know the Solar System doesn't just evolve due to gravitation.


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The extraordinary Voyager 1 spacecraft is demonstrating its nimbleness more than 30 years after leaving Earth. At the astonishing distance of 17.4 billion km, the Nasa probe is the most far-flung object made by humans.


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A long-standing mystery about how dying stars spew out the material of future planets is now solved, scientists say.


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