We misplaced a robot on a comet and found it again two years later

  • September 07, 2016 | Category: News

“We were beginning to think that Philae would remain lost forever. It is incredible we have captured this at the final hour.”

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Astronomers announce discovery of closest-ever exoplanet

  • August 26, 2016 | Stuart Buchanan | Category: News

In what may turn out to be the biggest scientific find of recent time, astronomers have announced the discovery of an Earth-like planet in orbit around our next-nearest star, Proxima Centauri.

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Leave your mark: Maropeng launches Isivivane

  • August 15, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

On Monday, 15 August, Maropeng launched its isivivane programme, which provides visitors with the opportunity to have their names, or the name of a loved one, engraved on a stone and placed at Maropeng for posterity.

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New debates surface about Homo naledi’s chamber

  • August 12, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

In recent weeks, Homo naledi has once again been the subject of academic debate. This time, paleoanthropological and geological experts have been discussing whether the Dinaledi Chamber was indeed a burial site, as the team who discovered it claimed, or whether Homo naledi was trapped there.

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Celebrate this Women’s Day at Maropeng

  • July 29, 2016 | Category: News

We’re celebrating women this Women’s Day by serving up an exquisite sparkling-wine tasting and fine-dining lunch.

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How looking 250-million years into the past could save modern species

  • July 26, 2016 | Category: News

More than 250-million years ago, something huge happened to the Earth: the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction (PTME), which wiped out almost all of the planet’s species. Now a group of scientists has uncovered important details about how the event’s survivors adapted in a harsh, drought-stricken stretch of South Africa.

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Journey to the moon with Maropeng

  • July 13, 2016 | Category: News

Join us at our July stargazing event as we commemorate the first human lunar landing on 20 July 1969.

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Remarkable footage emerges from NASA’s Juno mission

  • July 08, 2016 | Stuart Buchanan

After five long years journeying through the vastness of space, NASA’s Juno spacecraft is revealing details about the biggest planet in our solar system: Jupiter.

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How the Rising Star cave system was mapped in 3D

  • June 29, 2016 | Category: News

A new paper has been published about the pioneering use of 3D scanning technology in the discovery of the Homo naledi fossils.

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The Missing Persons Task Team: fleshing out the bones of the apartheid era

  • June 20, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

On a crisp winter’s evening, a group of people gathered around an open fire at Maropeng’s Hominid House to listen to a woman speak – archaeologically, anthropologically, politically and poignantly – about a team of people who work to uncover the remains of the many people who disappeared under the apartheid regime.

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