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News

UAE fires up space agency with Mars mission

Country plan to send spacecraft to "red planet" by 2021

Tabletop experiment could detect gravitational waves

Tiny device could beat LIGO to detecting ripples in space–time, say physicists

Black-hole analogue works like a laser

Sound is amplified between two "event horizons" in a Bose–Einstein condensate

Upgrade set for dark-matter detector

XENON1T will begin taking data next year

In depth

Rendezvous with a comet

Matt Taylor braces himself as Europe's Rosetta craft gets set to land a probe on a comet for the first time next month

A space cowboy's tale

James Dacey reviews an imaginative film about astronaut Eugene Cernan, the "last man on the Moon"

Gardening in space

Robert P Crease on the success story of a courgette in space

Towards a more plausible dragon

"Fermi problems" make up the heart of Charles Adler's book about the science of science fiction and fantasy, says reviewer Costas Efthimiou