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Mission HQ update: the coldest place in space

By Mary Fitzgerald  

All systems go: but anything could still go wrong...

In this month’s Prospect, Stephen Eales reported from inside command HQ on the nerve-wracking launch of the Ariane 5 space rocket. Stephen is leading two of the surveys that the mission is hoping to carry out which, if successful, could help solve some of the deepest questions about how stars and galaxies are formed, and why the universe expanded so rapidly after the first split second of the big bang.…

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