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Russia Aims towards the Red Planet

Russia Aims towards the Red Planet

Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has announced its intentions to build a low-orbit space station, which, according to the agency, will support future exploration of the moon and Mars. The project proposal is already on its way to be reviewed ...

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Young Planets Remain Hot Longer than Assumed

Young Planets Remain Hot Longer than Assumed

An MIT scientist suggests young planets maintain a high temperature for several million years, much longer than previously assumed. This can make such planets easier to detect, because during this hot stage their brightness is not overshadowed by that of ...

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MAVEN – New NASA Mission to Mars

MAVEN – New NASA Mission to Mars

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder was selected by NASA to lead a new upcoming space mission to Mars. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Environment spacecraft is scheduled for launch in 2013 ...

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Marveling the Formation of Planets

Marveling the Formation of Planets

NASA has recently announced the Multi-Object Apache Point Observatory Radial Velocity Exoplanet Large-Area Survey, whose goal is to massively search for new planets by observing about 11,000 nearby stars over 6 years. The research is due to begin in the ...

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Dark Matter is Denser in the Solar System

Dark Matter is Denser in the Solar System

Dark Matter is a ubiquitous and mysterious type of matter that comprises about 23% of the energy density of the universe, much more than the 4% accounted for by the visible and more familiar matter known as baryonic matter. The ...

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Building Blocks of Life Found in Space

Building Blocks of Life Found in Space

Using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, U.S. researchers have discovered large amounts of simple organic gases and water vapor in a possible planet-forming region around an infant star. The scientists found even more water surroundings two other young stars in the ...

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