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Image: Janus from afar

Cassini's narrow angle camera captures Saturn's tiny irregular moon Janus surrounded by the vast, dark expanse of the outer solar system.

Jan 13, 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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Swift catches X-ray action at Milky Way's center

(Phys.org) —Recent observations by NASA's Swift spacecraft have provided scientists a unique glimpse into the activity at the center of our galaxy and led to the discovery of a rare celestial entity that ...

Jan 08, 2014
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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 ...

Jan 06, 2014
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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, ...

Jan 02, 2014
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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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NASA's Deep Space Network turns 50

NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest and most powerful communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation.

Dec 19, 2013
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