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Space missions have long exemplified humankind's indomitable spirit and boundless ambition. Once the reserve of nations, space is fact opening up to commercial enterprises and could soon be the must-go destination for tourists – provided the accumulation of debris doesn't turn Earth's orbit into a no-go zone. All this comes as missions beyond the Moon provide greater insights into our solar system and more powerful telescopes give us a glimpse at exoplanets light years away.

New Atlas keeps you up to date with the latest space news and fantastic images from all corners of the Universe.

Earth may have had muddy origins

The most commonly accepted theory for the creation of the Earth is that it was formed from an aggregate of rocky meteors and asteroids that built up over time. But new research indicates that far from being a stony conglomerate, the proto-Earth may have been a huge ball of churning, warm, wet mud.

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