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Image: Messenger's iridescent Mercury

To the human eye, Mercury may resemble a dull, grey orb but this enhanced-colour image from NASA's Messenger probe, tells a completely different story. Swathes of iridescent blue, sandy-coloured plains and ...

dateJun 16, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Cosmic ray observatory to expand

Physicists plan a $6.4 million expansion of the $25 million Telescope Array observatory in Utah so they can zero in on a "hotspot" that seems to be a source of the most powerful particles in the universe: ...

dateJun 15, 2015 in Astronomy
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What is Halley's Comet?

Halley's Comet, also known as 1P/Halley, is the most well known comet in the Solar System. As a periodic (or short-term comet) it has orbital period that is less than 200 years, and has therefore been observed ...

dateJun 15, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Of course space exploration is worth the money

I don't suppose that readers would expect me to contradict the title of this article – that would be tantamount to signing my own redundancy notice. But, given an environment where phrases such as "pay restraint", "austerity package" and "falling service provision" are bandied around, it m ...

dateJun 09, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Video: Soyuz TMA-15M landing

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, NASA astronaut Terry Virts and Russian commander Anton Shkaplerov landed in the Kazakh steppe after a three-hour ride in their Soyuz spacecraft 11 June 2015. They left the International ...

dateJun 12, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Work-experience schoolboy discovers a new planet

A 15-yr-old schoolboy has discovered a new planet orbiting a star 1000 light years away in our galaxy. Tom Wagg was doing work-experience at Keele University when he spotted the planet by finding a tiny dip ...

dateJun 10, 2015 in Astronomy
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