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Image: BepiColombo in the spotlight

BepiColombo is Europe's first mission to Mercury. It will set off in 2017 on a journey to the smallest and least explored terrestrial planet in our Solar System, following in the footsteps of Mariner 10 and Messenger.

dateOct 13, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Fast solar wind causes aurora light shows

On the night of Oct. 8, 2015, a photographer in Harstad, Norway captured this image of the dancing northern lights. Auroras are created when fast-moving, magnetic solar material strikes Earth's magnetic bubble, the magnetosphere. ...

dateOct 12, 2015 in Space Exploration
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NASA measuring the pulsating aurora

Thanks to a lucky conjunction of two satellites, a ground-based array of all-sky cameras, and some spectacular aurora borealis, researchers have uncovered evidence for an unexpected role that electrons have in creating the ...

dateOct 07, 2015 in Space Exploration
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