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Deep space atomic clock

As the saying goes, timing is everything. More so in 21st-century space exploration where navigating spacecraft precisely to far-flung destinations—say, to Mars or even more distant Europa, a moon of Jupiter—is ...

dateApr 29, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Image: Coronal loops over a sunspot group

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths to link changes in the surface to interior changes. Its ...

dateMay 25, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Samantha's longer stay on space station

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti's mission on the International Space Station has been extended until the beginning of June. It was planned to end this week with a return to Earth together with NASA astronaut ...

dateMay 13, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Comet Lovejoy does the polar plunge

Lots of towns hold a polar plunge fundraising event in the winter. Duluth, Minnesota's version, where participants jump in Lake Superior every February, might just be the coldest. Comet Lovejoy's a season ...

dateMay 11, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Image: XMM-Newton self-portraits with planet Earth

This series of images was taken 15 years ago, a couple of months after the launch of ESA's XMM-Newton space observatory. These unique views, showing parts of the spacecraft main body and solar wings, feature ...

date22 hours ago in Astronomy
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