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Rosetta: To chase a comet

Comets are among the most beautiful and least understood nomads of the night sky. To date, half a dozen of these most heavenly of heavenly bodies have been visited by spacecraft in an attempt to unlock their ...

Jan 20, 2014
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Kepler team validates 41 new exoplanets with Keck I

(Phys.org) —The Kepler team today reports on four years of observations from the W. M. Keck Observatory targeting Kepler's exoplanet systems, announcing results this week at the American Astronomical Society ...

Jan 10, 2014
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Climbing the 'power ascension' market

Since MIT spinout Atlas Devices' flagship product, the Atlas Powered Rope Ascender (APA), first hit the market in 2007, it's been touted by media as a real-world version of Batman's famed utility-belt grappling ...

Jan 07, 2014
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Retrieving an asteroid

(Phys.org) —Asteroids (or comets) whose orbits bring them close to the earth's orbit are called near Earth objects. Some of them are old, dating from the origins of the solar system about four and one-half ...

Dec 27, 2013
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Gaia's mission: solving the celestial puzzle

A space mission to create the largest, most-accurate, map of the Milky Way in three dimensions has been launched yesterday. Astronomers say the data gathered by the satellite will "revolutionise" our understanding of the ...

Dec 20, 2013
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