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When we think of the golden age of space exploration, our minds turn back to those black and white images of Apollo astronauts, the beeps of Sputnik as it broadcast from space. Today, space seems something of an afterthought: only this month, the pressures of the recession forced Barack Obama to scrap the US’s planned return to the Moon. So how, in my new BBC documentary, Wonders of the Solar System, can I claim that “we are living through the greatest age of exploration our civilisation has known”?

To read the rest of this nice piece by Professor Brian Cox, click here.