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Image: Reflecting on a spacecraft arrival

Cargo has arrived at the International Space Station to support approximately 40 of the more than 250 science and research investigations that will be performed during Expeditions 43 and 44, including numerous ...

dateApr 23, 2015 in Space Exploration
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In the realm of eternal ice

On 6 November 2010, the light of the star known as NOMAD1 0856-0015072 in the Cetus constellation dimmed. What had happened? A dwarf planet at the edge of the solar system had moved in front of the distant ...

dateApr 23, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Tau Ceti: The next Earth? Probably not

As the search continues for Earth-size planets orbiting at just the right distance from their star, a region termed the habitable zone, the number of potentially life-supporting planets grows. In two decades ...

dateApr 22, 2015 in Astronomy
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Perseverance paves way for wind laser

Developing new satellite instruments is always challenging, but at times more head-scratching is needed to create something truly cutting-edge. ESA's Aeolus mission may have caused a few headaches along the ...

dateApr 22, 2015 in Space Exploration
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First exoplanet visible light spectrum

Astronomers using the HARPS planet-hunting machine at ESO's La Silla Observatory in Chile have made the first-ever direct detection of the spectrum of visible light reflected off an exoplanet. These observations ...

dateApr 22, 2015 in Astronomy
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