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MESSENGER sees a smoother side of Mercury

During its two years in orbit around Mercury—as well as several more years performing flybys—the MESSENGER spacecraft has taken over 150,000 images of the innermost planet, giving us a look at its incredibly ...

dateMar 22, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Evolving planets get a bumpy ride

The formation of planets occurs under constant bombardment from particles ranging from a few nanometres to tens of kilometres in size, according to recent analyses of asteroid samples by scientists at Okayama ...

dateMar 06, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Is life on Mars related to life on Earth?

The idea that there is life on other worlds is humbling and exciting, and finding life on another world would change everything. This has been a driving force for scientists for decades. We find life wherever ...

dateJul 31, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Vesta is not an intact protoplanet

Nearly forty years ago, Guy Consolmagno was young graduate student at the University of Arizona's Department of Planetary Sciences; his work there with the late Michael Drake first proposed that asteroid ...

dateDec 16, 2014 in Space Exploration
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