Science Extra: Landings, launches and a solar probe

Artist's impression of the parker solar probe travelling towards the sunImage:
The Parker Solar Probe will get closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. (Supplied: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)

Using an antenna in outback Australia that looks like a ping pong table, astronomers have detected signals from the dawn of the universe. Mysterious radio bursts were picked up by the ASKAP telescope in WA. The Hubble telescope strengthens the possible detection of an exomoon in a distant galaxy. And NASA ticks off another item on its bucket list with a mission to the sun.

ABC senior science reporter Genelle Weule talks to science editor Jonathan Webb about some of the years’ best stories from beyond our little planet.

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Astronomers detect signal from the dawn of the universe, using simple antenna in WA outback
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Hints of a potential alien moon strengthen with Hubble data
Parker Solar Probe: NASA’s mission to solve a fundamental puzzle of physics

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