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Orbiter's Long Life Helps Scientists Track Changes On Mars
New gullies that did not exist in mid-2002 have appeared on a Martian sand dune. That's just one of the surprising discoveries that have resulted from the extended life of NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, which this month began its ninth year in orbit around Mars - NASA/JPL
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NASA Presents Space Exploration Plans
NASA has unveiled full details of their plan to send astronauts to the Moon and Mars. The Agency says it will spend US$104 billion to put humans back on the Moon by 2018 - Nature, NASA
NASA Challenges Inventors To Design Moon Diggers
Robotic scoopers and diggers will have their chance to plough through some simulated Moon dirt for cash in a new NASA challenge - New Scientist
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Hubble Finds Mysterious Disk Of Blue Stars Around Black Hole
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have identified the source of a mysterious blue light surrounding a supermassive black hole in our neighboring Andromeda Galaxy (M31) - Space Telescope Science Institute
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Cluster And Double Star See Star Crack During Massive ‘Starquake’
Unique data obtained by ESA’s Cluster and the joint Chinese/ESA Double Star missions provided the first evidence of cracks on a neutron star’s crust - ESA
A Cosmic Baby-Boom
The Universe was a more fertile place soon after it was formed than has previously been suspected. A team of French and Italian astronomers made indeed the surprising discovery of a large and unknown population of distant galaxies observed when the Universe was only 10 to 30% its present age - European Southern Observatory
First Baby Photo Of Stellar Twins
Smithsonian astronomer T.K. Sridharan (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and his colleagues have photographed a pair of stellar twins in infrared light, which penetrates the dust - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
When Is A Planet Not A Planet?
Astronomers are arguing bitterly over how to define a planet, with some proposing that the term be abandoned completely in favour of more specific labels based on where objects are located. Two competing proposals are expected to be put forward to a formal task group on Friday, but astronomers say the debate could drag on indefinitely - New Scientist
Mars Express Mission Extended
ESA’s Mars Express mission has been extended by one Martian year, or about 23 months, from the beginning of December 2005 - ESA
Astronomer Denies Improper Use Of Web Data
A Spanish astronomer has admitted he accessed internet telescope logs of another astronomer's observations of a giant object orbiting beyond Neptune – but denies doing anything wrong - New Scientist
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