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Durable Mars Rovers Sent Into Third Overtime Period
NASA has approved up to 18 more months of operations for Spirit and Opportunity, the twin Mars rovers that have already surprised engineers and scientists by continuing active exploration for more than 14 months - NASA/JPL
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First Image Of Exoplanet Orbiting Sun-Like Star
The first image of a planet orbiting a Sun-like star has been captured by German scientists. The star GQ Lupi is orbited by planet at a distance approximately 20 times greater than that between Jupiter and the Sun - New Scientist
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Case Of Sedna's Missing Moon Solved
Astronomers found that Sedna is rotating much more rapidly than originally believed, spinning once on its axis every 10 hours - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
M31's Strange New Star Clusters
Our neighbor galaxy, M31, has at least seven star clusters that appear to be in a class by themselves. The new clusters each contain at least 100,000 stars, bearing a resemblance to globular clusters, but are much larger and much more spread out - Astronomy
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Universe Spawned Stars At A Young Age
The Universe's first stars were born a mere 700 million years after the Big Bang, far earlier than researchers previously thought - Nature
Old Star's "Rebirth" Gives Astronomers Surprises
Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope are taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch an old star suddenly stir back into new activity after coming to the end of its normal life - National Radio Astronomy Observatory
The Milky Way's Central X-ray Loop
Scientists using the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton X-ray satellite have discovered a puzzling loop of emission near the Milky Way's center - Astronomy
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Swift Measures Distance To Gamma-Ray Bursts
NASA's Swift space telescope has been used to directly measure the distance to fleeting cosmic explosions, called gamma-ray bursts, for the first time - New Scientist
Structure Scales - Weighing Distant Galaxy Clusters May Be Easier Than Astronomers Thought
A group of astronomers recently discovered that old galaxy clusters have similar "scaling relations" to nearby clusters - Astronomy
Era Of Galaxy And Black Hole Growth Spurt Discovered
Distant galaxies undergoing intense bursts of star formation have been shown by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to be fertile growing grounds for the largest black holes in the Universe - NASA
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