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Newfound planet is Earth-mass but gassy

An international team of astronomers has discovered the first Earth-mass planet that transits, or crosses in front of, its host star. KOI-314c is the lightest planet to have both its mass and physical size ...

dateJan 06, 2014 in Astronomy
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Space science stories to watch in 2014

There's an old Chinese proverb that says, "May you live in interesting times," and 2013 certainly fit the bill in the world of spaceflight and space science. The past year saw spacecraft depart for Mars, ...

dateJan 02, 2014 in Space Exploration
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ExoMars lander module named Schiaparelli

The entry, descent and landing demonstrator module that will fly on the 2016 ExoMars mission has been named 'Schiaparelli' in honour of the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who famously mapped the ...

dateNov 11, 2013 in Space Exploration
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A dark and dusty avalanche on Mars

Mars may be geologically inactive but that doesn't mean there's nothing happening there—seasonal changes on the Red Planet can have some very dramatic effects on the landscape, as this recent image from ...

dateNov 06, 2013 in Space Exploration
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