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Mars Rover's Broken Wheel Is Beyond Repair
Spirit will simply have to drag the wheel as it maps out a route to a safe winter haven, and the glitch means it must avoid terrain with loose soil - New Scientist
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NASA's Spitzer Finds Hints Of Planet Birth Around Dead Star
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered new evidence that planets might rise up out of a dead star's ashes - NASA/JPL
Space Station Crew Back On Earth
Commander Bill McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, the 12th crew of the International Space Station, landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan in their Soyuz spacecraft at 7:48 p.m. EDT Saturday [Apr. 8th] after about 190 days in space - NASA
Reiner Gamma Swirl: Magnetic Effect Of A Cometary Impact?
This animation, made from images taken by the Advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA’s SMART-1 spacecraft, shows a feature characterised by bright albedo, and called Reiner Gamma Formation - ESA
New Comet Class In Earth's Backyard
A trio of comets orbiting in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter probably formed there, say University of Hawaii astronomers Henry Hsieh and David Jewitt - Astronomy
Blue Ring Of Uranus Linked To Sparkling Ice
Uranus is circled by a blue ring - a colour that makes it almost unique among planetary rings, which are usually red. The rare blue hue is probably created by a small moon called Mab that orbits just inside the ring, according to a team of astronomers led by Imke de Pater at the University of California in Berkeley, US - New Scientist
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ESA’s Venus Express To Reach Final Destination
It was on 9 November last year that ESA's Venus Express spacecraft lifted off from the desert of Kazakhstan onboard a Soyuz-Fregat rocket. Now, after having travelled 400 million kilometres in only about five months, the spacecraft is about to reach its final destination - ESA
Why Galaxies Tilt Just So
From the earliest moment of the Big Bang to the universe we see today, just about every step of cosmic evolution has been falling neatly into place in the last few years. Now a group of astronomers is announcing their discovery that another piece of the puzzle fits just right: the ways in which spiral galaxies, such as the Milky Way, tend to be oriented in space - Sky and Telescope
Mercury Blast Splashed Earth
New computer simulations of a giant impact on the young planet Mercury shed light on the planet's odd makeup. Moreover, say scientists, debris from this cosmic collision could have made its way to Earth and Venus - Astronomy
NASA Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of First Shuttle Flight
NASA today [Apr. 6th] launches a series of events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the first space shuttle flight. On April 12, 1981, shuttle Columbia lifted off with Commander John Young and pilot Robert Crippen - NASA
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