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Image: Messenger's iridescent Mercury

To the human eye, Mercury may resemble a dull, grey orb but this enhanced-colour image from NASA's Messenger probe, tells a completely different story. Swathes of iridescent blue, sandy-coloured plains and ...

dateJun 16, 2015 in Space Exploration
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What is Halley's Comet?

Halley's Comet, also known as 1P/Halley, is the most well known comet in the Solar System. As a periodic (or short-term comet) it has orbital period that is less than 200 years, and has therefore been observed ...

dateJun 15, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Texas farm goes vertical to net tall yields

In an area of Texas known by locals as "East of Weird" because of its proximity to progressive Austin, a farm is yielding many bushels of fruit and vegetables on a space no larger than a parking space.

dateJun 11, 2015 in Ecology
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The moons of Jupiter

Jupiter was appropriately named by the Romans, who chose to name it after the king of the gods. In addition to being the largest planet in our Solar System – with two and a half times the mass of all the ...

dateJun 10, 2015 in Space Exploration
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Image: Tethys the target

Like most moons in the solar system, Saturn's moon Tethys is covered by impact craters. Some craters bear witness to incredibly violent events, such as the crater Odysseus (seen here at the right of the ...

dateJun 10, 2015 in Space Exploration
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