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Most Distant Gravitational Lens Discovered

Hubble/ESA October 17, 2013 An international team of astronomers has found the most distant gravitational lens yet — a galaxy that, as predicted by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, deflects and intensifies the light of an even more distant object. The discovery provides a rare opportunity to directly measure the mass of a distant galaxy. But it also poses ... Read More »

Curiosity Rover Confirms It: Some Meteorites Are From Mars

NASA JPL October 17, 2013 NASA Rover Confirms Mars Origin of Some Meteorites PASADENA, Calif. — Examination of the Martian atmosphere by NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover confirms that some meteorites that have dropped to Earth really are from the Red Planet. A key new measurement of the inert gas argon in Mars’ atmosphere by Curiosity’s laboratory provides the most definitive ... Read More »

Hubble Telescope Sees Comet ISON Intact

NASA October 17, 2013 NASA’s Hubble Sees Comet ISON Intact A new image of the sunward plunging comet ISON suggests that the comet is intact despite some predictions that the fragile icy nucleus might disintegrate as the sun warms it. The comet will pass closest to the sun on Nov. 28. In this NASA Hubble Space Telescope image taken on ... Read More »

Asteroid 2013 TV135 – Earth Impact Fear May Be Overblown

NASA October 17, 2013 Asteroid 2013 TV135 – A Reality Check Newly discovered asteroid 2013 TV135 made a close approach to Earth on Sept. 16, when it came within about 4.2 million miles (6.7 million kilometers). The asteroid is initially estimated to be about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in size and its orbit carries it as far out as about ... Read More »

Successful Launch for Next-Generation Falcon 9 Rocket

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SpaceX Grasshopper Reaches 744 Meters

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Robonaut 2 in Space

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Future Spacecraft Will Use Solar-Electric Propulsion

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Beyond Hubble: The James Webb Space Telescope

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Cygnus Spacecraft Arrives at the Space Station

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