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A New Water World Discovered

A New Water World Discovered

GJ1214b, shown in this artist’s view (Credit: NASA/ESA and D. Aguilar) Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovered a new class of planet outside the solar system. The planet, composed almost entirely of water, is larger than earth but smaller ...

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Heavy Metal Rock Takes Center Stage

Heavy Metal Rock Takes Center Stage

The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft recently completed a flyby of the asteroid Lutetia, which allowed it to examine closely this celestial object, made mostly of metal. Thanks to NASA’s instruments, installed on the spacecraft, the high quality pictures could ...

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Carina Nebula

Carina Nebula

In the cold vacuum of space, radiation from massive stars carves away at cold molecular clouds, creating bizarre, fantasy-like structures. These pillars of cold hydrogen and dust, imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope, are located in the Carina Nebula. Violent ...

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Was Venus Once a Habitable Planet?

Was Venus Once a Habitable Planet?

A new study, published by the European Space Agency (ESA), reports that the planet Venus might have had some oceans in its distant past. Although nowadays Earth and Venus seem very different, it is possible that in the past they ...

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Images from SMOS Arrive

Images from SMOS Arrive

The first callibrated images from the European Space Agency’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Satellite are available less than four months from the satellite’s launch. As the mission name implies, these images provide information on global soil moisture and ...

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SARA Orbiter Advances

SARA Orbiter Advances

Scientists using the European Space Agency’s Sub-keV Atom Reflecting Analyzer (SARA) instrument aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 Lunar Orbiter have determined how water could be created on the lunar surface. In addition, the same discovery could lead to an entirely new mechanism ...

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Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula

Stellar Spire in the Eagle Nebula

Appearing like a winged fairy-tale creature poised on a pedestal, this object is actually a billowing tower of cold gas and dust rising from a stellar nursery called the Eagle Nebula. The soaring tower is 9.5 light-years or about 90 ...

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Herschel Delivers Its First Images

Herschel Delivers Its First Images

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched the Herschel Telescope about a month ago; recently, it started delivering its first images. The pictures taken are of higher quality than most space images, allowing astronomers to improve their study of nearby ...

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Ulysses’ Farewell

Ulysses’ Farewell

The European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA have shut down Ulysses, one of the longest serving solar orbiters in history. Ulysses was the pioneer spacecraft to chart the space area above and below the poles of the Sun. Clocking in ...

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ESA’s Gravity Mission ‘GOCE’

ESA’s Gravity Mission ‘GOCE’

In September 2008 the European Space Agency plans to launch a satellite called the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer. The spacecraft will allow scientists to learn more about Earth’s gravity field, expanding our knowledge in several fields of ...

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