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Martian Crater May Be Ancient Supervolcano

NASA October 22, 2013 Scientists from NASA and the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz., have identified what could be a supervolcano on Mars—the first discovery of its kind. The volcano in question, a vast circular basin on the face of the Red Planet, previously had been classified as an impact crater. Researchers now suggest the basin is actually what ... Read More »

Weightless Astronaut Pushes Herself With a Single Hair

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The Stars Above La Silla

The night sky at La Silla, in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, is the best in the world. Here are some out-of-this-world views to prove it. Read More »

Why Are Planets in this Star System Misaligned?

NASA October 18, 2013 A long-standing puzzle in the study of exoplanets is the formation of hot Jupiters, gas giant planets that snuggly orbit their host star. To explain their short orbital periods, theory suggests that hot Jupiters form in long orbits and then quiescently migrate through the protoplanetary disc, the flat ring of dust and debris that circles a newly ... Read More »

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 »

SpaceX Grasshopper Reaches 744 Meters

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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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Cat’s Paw Nebula Seen In a Whole New Light

  A brand new instrument called ArTeMiS has been successfully installed on the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX). APEX is a 12-meter diameter telescope located high in Chile’s Atacama Desert, which operates at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths. This is between infrared light and radio waves in the electromagnetic spectrum. ArTeMiS was used here to deliver a spectacular new view of the ... Read More »

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