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The spacecraft will cruise for years before it reaches Mercury. ESA, CC BY-SA

The BepiColombo spacecraft is ready to solve the many mysteries of Mercury

The €1.65 billion BepiColombo spacecraft is now being unstacked for final tests after being displayed in its launch configuration to the world’s press at the European Space Agency’s Space Technology and Research Centre. The six-metre high assembly will soon be shipped to Kourou in French Guyana where it is anticipated to launch in October 2018.

13th July 2017
Pollution cycle.

How your pile of laundry fills the sea with plastic pollution

After decades of intense observation and campaigning by conservation groups, awareness of microplastic pollution has fortunately grown. There is now worldwide concern about tiny pieces of plastic litter that are having a harmful impact on marine species and habitats.

6th July 2017
Mars, Earth and the Moon

OU awarded £1 million to explore Mars and the Moon

Researchers in the OU's Space Science priority research area have been awarded five grants totalling more than £1 million by the UK Space Agency through its “Aurora” funding programme. These grants make up about a third of the total fund awarded, demonstrating the OU’s position as a leader in planetary science.

5th July 2017

Strict rules around contamination hamper exploration for life beyond Earth

NASA’s orbiter Cassini will make a series of decreasing orbits that will end in a fiery death dive into Saturn’s atmosphere in September

3rd July 2017

EU citizens proposal: a lawyer examines the detail

Great news has been issued by the good people of the British government to all those EU citizens living in the UK feeling uncertain about their future after Brexit – they could soon qualify for “settled status”. What they must do now, however, is wait.

30th June 2017

Healthcare research tops the bill in OU PhD poster competition

Two PhD students who did their research into the UK healthcare system have been awarded first prize in the OU’s twelfth Postgraduate Research Student poster competition which took place in June 2017.

27th June 2017
Theresa May allow EU citizens to stay – or she may not. EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

Still too many holes in Theresa May’s promise to EU citizens

A full year after the EU referendum, the British prime minister has finally issued a statement on the status of the 3m European citizens living in the UK.

26th June 2017

OpenSTEM Labs wins Outstanding Digital Innovation of the Year award

The Open University’s (OU) OpenSTEM Labs project was awarded the Outstanding Digital Innovation of the Year trophy last night (22 June 2017) at this year’s Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).

23rd June 2017

What do we mean by ‘statelessness’?

An OU academic has co-edited a book published this month which challenges mainstream approaches to “statelessness”.

14th June 2017
Satheesh Krishnamurthy

Top contender for The British Indian Awards 2017

An OU academic has been named as a top contender for the Best in Science and Technology in The British Indian Awards 2017 to be announced on Wednesday 14 June.

12th June 2017

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