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Cookie Monster crater on Mercury

Big Bird has been grabbing the headlines lately, and its time for another Muppet to get a little face time. So, here's Cookie Monster's face, plastered across the surface of Mercury. Well, it looks like it, ...

dateOct 15, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Scientist turn focus to Titan

(Phys.org)—Humanity has landed a rover on Mars. Now, say scientists, it's time to land a boat on Titan. This outlandish scenario could become reality, according to engineers presenting their proposals at ...

dateSep 28, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Incredible images of the Moon from Earth

Think this is an orbital view of the Moon? Guess again. Astrophotographer Thierry Legault took this image from his backyard in the suburbs of Paris, France! He's taken a series of images of the Moon the past ...

dateSep 14, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Toxic spill from zinc mine in Peru

(AP)—Peruvian authorities say wastewater laced with heavy metals from a major zinc mine has spilled into a tributary of the Amazon, contaminating at least six miles of the waterway.

dateSep 03, 2012 in Environment
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The shock of separation

The BepiColombo mission to Mercury has undergone a series of shock tests at ESA's test facilities to replicate conditions it will experience during its intense ride into space. This video shows tests to mimic the moment it ...

dateAug 28, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Mercury pollution, still spreading

Humans have known about mercury’s toxicity since ancient times, when work in mines that extracted cinnabar — the blood-red, mercury-containing ore — was considered a death sentence.

dateAug 10, 2012 in Environment
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Mercury's many colors

Although composited from expanded wavelengths of light, this wide-angle image from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft shows the amazing variation of colors and tones to be found on Mercury’s Sun-scoured ...

dateJul 27, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Mercury mineral evolution

Mineral evolution posits that Earth's near-surface mineral diversity gradually increased through an array of chemical and biological processes. A dozen different species in interstellar dust particles that formed the solar ...

dateJun 25, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Enhancing the chemistry of zinc

(Phys.org) -- By tinkering with a zinc molecule, Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have discovered it can exist in a higher oxidation state, opening the door for a new form of chemistry and new ...

dateJun 15, 2012 in Materials Science
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