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Did we need the moon for life?

For all we know, Earth is the only place in the Universe where life appeared. This makes the mystery of our existence even more puzzling. What were all the factors required to bring about the first lifeforms on our planet, ...

dateNov 23, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Inferring the star formation rates of galaxies

Our Milky Way galaxy produces on average a few new stars every year across the entire system. Massive young stars emit large amounts of ultraviolet radiation which heats the local dust, and so the star formation process results ...

dateNov 23, 2015 in Astronomy
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A witness to a wet early mars

Vast volumes of water once flooded through this deep chasm on Mars that connects the 'Grand Canyon' of the Solar System – Valles Marineris – to the planet's northern lowlands.

dateNov 23, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Sentinel-3A on its way

The latest satellite for the European Commission's Copernicus environmental programme has left France bound for the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and launch late next month.

dateNov 23, 2015 in Space Exploration
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NASA's STEREO-A resumes normal operations

On Nov. 9, 2015, NASA's Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory Ahead, or STEREO-A, once again began transmitting data at its full rate. For the previous year, STEREO-A was transmitting only a weak signal—or occasionally ...

dateNov 19, 2015 in Space Exploration
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