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A comet headed for Mars: The hits keep coming | The Economist

A PAIR of middle-aged tourists (see previous post) are not the only thing headed for Mars. Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is also on its way. Discovered on January 3rd, some calculations of its orbit, according to Phil Plait, the … Continue reading

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Kepler Space Telescope Data Reveals Billions Of Earth-Like Planets Near Earth

If ET phones home today, his long distance charge might not be as much as people believed when Steven Spielberg’s classic film came out three decades ago.That’s because recent data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope suggests that billions of Earth-like … Continue reading

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New Asteroid-Mining Company Aims to Spur Space Settlement | Space.com

A new asteroid-mining company launches Tuesday with the goal of helping humanity expand across the solar system by tapping the vast riches of space rocks.The new firm, called Deep Space Industries, Inc., announced today Jan. 22 that it plans to … Continue reading

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Mars Rover Finds Intriguing New Evidence of Water

Delighted members of the Curiosity science team announced Tuesday that the rover was now in a virtual “candy store” of scientific targets—the lowest point of Gale crater, called Yellowknife Bay, is filled with many different materials that could have been … Continue reading

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NASA – At Least One in Six Stars Has an Earth-sized Planet

The results of a new analysis of Kepler data show that one in six stars has an Earth-sized planet in a tight orbit. About a fourth of all stars in the Milky Way have a super-Earth, and the same fraction … Continue reading

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Massive comet will shine brighter than the moon, say astronomers | Science Recorder

A massive two-mile-wide comet will be visible from Earth in late 2013, possibly appearing brighter than the moon during November and December, according to astronomers.The comet, discovered by amateur Russian astronomers Vitali Nevski and Artyom Novichonok, is among the brightest … Continue reading

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Cassini Spots a Nile Like River Valley on Titan | SciTech Daily

The international Cassini mission has spotted what appears to be a miniature extraterrestrial version of the Nile River: a river valley on Saturn’s moon Titan that stretches more than 400 km from its ‘headwaters’ to a large sea.It is the … Continue reading

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NASA – MESSENGER Finds New Evidence for Water Ice at Mercury’s Poles

New observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft provide compelling support for the long-held hypothesis that Mercury harbors abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters. via NASA – MESSENGER Finds New Evidence for Water Ice … Continue reading

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Big News From Mars? Rover Scientists Mum For Now : NPR

Grotzinger says they recently put a soil sample in SAM, and the analysis shows something earthshaking. “This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good,” he says.Grotzinger can see the pained look on my face … Continue reading

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ALPHA CENTAURI HAS A PLANET! | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Alpha Centauri is triple-star system, composed of a binary star, two stars much like the Sun – one slightly larger and hotter, called Alpha Centauri A, and the other slightly smaller and cooler, called Alpha Centauri B – orbited themselves … Continue reading

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