107967440 p07hhg6k - The Silicon Valley space race
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The Silicon Valley space race

The space race between the capitalist US and communist USSR saw decades of competition to push the boundaries of what mankind could achieve in space, all in the name of ideological superiority. Now, a new space race is underway, but instead of a clash of cultures, this is a clash of egos – between two […]

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Where were you when man first landed on the moon?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption “One small step for man…” It is claimed that 22 million watched the coverage of Neil Armstrong’s historic moonwalk on the day, but the number who actually saw it live was probably rather smaller because it was an event that unexpectedly took place in the middle of the night, […]

107918770 p07h3mc2 - The final 13 minutes before the Moon landing
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The final 13 minutes before the Moon landing

The minutes before landing were tense, as fuel ran low and connections frequently dropped out between the lunar module, Eagle, and mission control. Relive the tense moments as Neil Armstrong manually piloted Eagle towards the surface of the Moon. Join us on Saturday 20 July at 18:45 GMT (19:45 BST) as we count down the […]

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How Apollo 11 brought humanity together

Image copyright NASA-VRS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption The Moon landing was born out of conflict but for a moment in time brought the world together As if illuminated by a divine light, the Saturn V rocket shimmered on launch pad 39A at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Emblazoned with the stars and stripes and cloaked by the […]

107946494 bure - River Stour runs dry in drought in Constable Country
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River Stour runs dry in drought in Constable Country

Image copyright Patrick Byrne Image caption Local people have been commenting on social media about the dry river bed Low rainfall, blockages and diverted flows are blamed for sections of the river drying out on the border between Essex and Suffolk. The Environment Agency hopes heavy rain this weekend will provide enough water to partly […]

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Russia alarmed by large fall in bee populations

Image copyrightAFP Image caption Bees pollinate many essential crops and are vital for fruit-growersLarge areas of central and southern Russia have seen a major decline in their bee populations in recent months. The head of the Russian beekeepers’ union, Arnold Butov, said 20 regions had reported mass bee deaths. The affected regions include Bryansk and […]

107946761 img 3261 - Iceland pilot whales: Dozens of dead mammals found beached
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Iceland pilot whales: Dozens of dead mammals found beached

Image copyright David Schwarzhans Image caption David Schwarzhans, the pilot of the sightseeing helicopter, took images of the whales Dozens of dead beached whales have been spotted by sightseers during a helicopter flight over western Iceland. The dead pilot whales were photographed during the trip on Thursday over a beach at Longufjorur. It’s unclear how […]

p07h7rqk - Bioluminescent plankton hunters capture 'magical' glow
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Bioluminescent plankton hunters capture 'magical' glow

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFacebook group Bioluminescent Plankton Watch Wales has more than 6,000 members “Every splash, every jump, made the sea just light up. It won’t be an experience we forget easily.” Photographers and nature lovers have been watching bioluminescent plankton glowing off the Welsh coast. Bioluminescence describes the light […]

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Painted lady butterfly influx needs people to count them

Image copyright Butterfly Conservation/PA Image caption Travelling at speeds of up to 30mph, the painted lady butterfly migrates 7,500 miles a year A potential mass influx of butterflies to the UK has led to calls for volunteers to help count them. The painted lady butterfly commonly flies to the UK during the summer months, but […]

107937830 p07h81vk - Apollo 11: Few indoor loos, but there was a man on the Moon
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Apollo 11: Few indoor loos, but there was a man on the Moon

Fifty years ago James Burke, Magnus Magnusson and Cliff Michelmore were the presenters leading the BBC’s coverage of the Moon landing. In the week prior to the landing, James clocked up 22 hours of broadcasting. And on the night of 20 July, he and his co-presenters had to fill five hours of live television, only […]

107925823 mediaitem107925821 - Russia's Sirius Moon project leaves crew hungry for steak
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Russia's Sirius Moon project leaves crew hungry for steak

Image copyrightNASA Image caption The Sirius crew (L-R): Reinhold Povilaitis (USA); Daria Zhidova (Rus); Yevgeny Tarelkin (Rus); Anastasia Stepanova (Rus); Allen Mirkadyrov (USA); Stefania Fedyai (Rus)What do you crave after spending four months cooped up in a mock spaceship? “A tasty steak!” was Anastasia Stepanova’s swift reply, when she emerged from her Sirius-19 quarters, along […]

107919703 dji 0128 - Vast sand scheme to protect Norfolk coast
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Vast sand scheme to protect Norfolk coast

Image caption The sand dune will take about five weeks to create – but could last for 15 to 20 years Nearly two million cubic metres of sand is being shifted to a stretch of eroding Norfolk coastline in a radical plan to save it from the sea. The 6km-long dune will protect Bacton Terminal, […]