On the day scientists in the United States announced they may have detected echoes of the Big Bang at the start of the universe, researchers in the UK showed off a unique image of the cosmos in more recent times.
The team from Durham University used data from telescopes and satellites to put together a detailed map of thousands of galaxies, which Dr Peder Norberg compared to the view Captain Kirk and his team in Star Trek would have from their flights around space:
A talented young scientist has won the chance to have an experiment she designed tested in space.
19-year-old Ioana Ciuca wants to learn more about how metals react in low gravity environments, and so her project will be strapped onto a rocket and launched from Sweden next March.
The young scientist now has a busy year ahead of her at Durham University preparing for the launch.
Watch the full report from Helen Pearson below.
Space shuttle pictures courtesy of NASA.