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New NASA study shows Moon once had an atmosphere
A new study shows that an atmosphere was produced around the ancient Moon, 3 to 4 billion years ago, when intense volcanic eruptio
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Cassini’s Last Moments In Space Before Landfall
For NASA’s Saturn explorer, the end will come all too quickly. Cassini, NASA’s explorer of Saturn, remaining life is now measu
It rains solid diamonds on Neptune and Uranus
Scientists forecast rain storms of solid diamonds on two of the solar system’s most interesting planets The obvious question
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Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets
Dan Reisenfeld, The University of Montana Cassini is the most sophisticated space probe ever built. Launched in 1997 as a joint NA
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Our discovery of a minor planet beyond Neptune shows there might not be a ‘Planet Nine’ after all
Ever since enthusiasm started growing over the possibility that there could be a ninth major planet orbiting the sun beyond Neptun
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NASA: Saturn moon Enceladus is able to host life – it’s time for a new mission
David Rothery, The Open University Ever since studies started suggesting that chemical reactions between water and rock on Saturn
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Watching the planet breathe: Studying Earth’s carbon cycle from space
Berrien Moore III, University of Oklahoma and Sean Crowell, University of Oklahoma Carbon is a building block of life on our plane
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Ethiopia’s inhospitable Danakil Depression gives us clues about life on Mars
Barbara Cavalazzi, University of Bologna The Danakil Depression, including the Dallol volcanic area is one of the most remote, inh
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Planet or dwarf planet: all worlds are worth investigating
Tanya Hill, Museum Victoria Pluto’s status as a “dwarf planet” is once again stirring debate. This comes as some planetary s
Fly me to the Moon? Why the world should be wary of Elon Musk’s space race
Alan Marshall, Mahidol University Want to fly to the moon? Well, now you won’t have to bother with all those years of rigorous a
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It’s our Solar System in miniature, but could TRAPPIST-1 host another Earth?
Elizabeth Tasker, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Scientists have discovered seven Earth-sized planets, so tightly packe
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Tiny satellites poised to make big contributions to essential science
Tiny satellites, some smaller than a shoe box, are currently orbiting around 200 miles above Earth, collecting data about our plan
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Hubble Rocks with a Heavy-Metal Home
This 10.5-billion-year-old globular cluster, NGC 6496, is home to heavy-metal stars of a celestial kind! The stars comprising this
Anticrepuscular Rays over Colorado
What’s happening over the horizon? Although the scene may appear somehow supernatural, nothing more unusual is occurring tha
Up and Over
Cassini orbited in Saturn’s ring plane — around the planet’s equator — for most of 2015. This enabled a se
Cirrus over Paris
What’s that over Paris? Cirrus. Typically, cirrus clouds appear white or gray when reflecting sunlight, can appear dark at s
Sagittarius Sunflowers
These three bright nebulae are often featured in telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius and the crowded starfields of t
Is our Milky Way galaxy a zombie, already dead and we don’t know it?
Like a zombie, the Milky Way galaxy may already be dead but it still keeps going. Our galactic neighbor Andromeda almost certainly
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Sunrise Solstice over Stonehenge
Today the Sun reaches its northernmost point in planet Earth’s sky. Called a solstice, the date astronomically marks a chang
NASA Releases Earth Monitoring ‘CubeSats’ Cube-shaped Satellites
More CubeSats are due to be deployed today contributing to humanitarian and environmental research. The crew is also continuing bi
VIDEO: NASA inflates new ISS module
Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) has finally reached its goal. Following a failed first attempt, NASA has successfully in
Do no harm to life on Mars? Ethical limits of the ‘Prime Directive’
NASA’s chief scientist recently announced that “…we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a deca
Kepler Confirms 1,284 Exoplanets Outside Solar System
A study published yesterday in the Astrophysical Journal by a group of researchers confirms an additional 1,284 exoplanets have be
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Astrobiologists Use Biosignature Gases To Search For Aliens
Professor Sara Seager of Massachusetts Institute of Technology says her team of scientists is looking for biosignatures from gases