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Scientists Confirm Comet Samples; Briefing Set For Thursday
Scientists have confirmed that particles from a comet and interstellar dust have been returned to Earth by NASA's Stardust mission - NASA/JPL
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NASA's Pluto Mission Launched Toward New Horizons
The first mission to distant planet Pluto is under way after the successful launch today [Jan. 19] of NASA's New Horizons spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. - NASA
Dusty Planetary Disks Around Two Nearby Stars Resemble Our Kuiper Belt
These two bright debris disks of ice and dust appear to be the equivalent of our own solar system's Kuiper Belt, a ring of icy rocks outside the orbit of Neptune and the source of short-period comets - Space Telescope Science Institute
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Martian Glaciers: Did They Originate From The Atmosphere?
The spectacular features visible today on the surface of the Red Planet indicate the past existence of Martian glaciers, but where did the ice come from? - ESA
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Asteroid Smashup Yields Dust Shower On Earth
Deep-sea sediments provide conclusive evidence that the collision of two large asteroids about 8 million years ago showered Earth with a gentle rain of dusty debris - Sky and Telescope
Phenomena May Heat Space
A new image may lead astronomers to the furnace that heats the gas throughout space. The superbubble inside N44 may be an important clue for astronomers seeking a source of space’s million-degree gas - Astronomy
Tidal Tales of Minor Mergers: Young Stars Where They Shouldn't Be
Arizona astronomers have discovered a population of what appear to be young star clusters where they aren't supposed to be - University of Arizona
Seeing Red With Nanodiamonds
Astronomers have puzzled over the phenomenon for more than 3 decades. Now, a team led by Huan-Cheng Chang of Taiwan's Academia Sinica claims the glow comes from nanodiamonds in space - Astronomy
Critical Space Junk Threshold Approaching
Even with no more launches, the number of fragments created by collisions will exceed those falling to Earth by 2055 – in reality, the tipping point will arrive much sooner - New Scientist
Ion-Propulsion Advance
A breakthrough in ion-propulsion technology has resulted in a new ion thruster with more than a tenfold increase in fuel efficiency over the ion engine now in use on the European Space Agency's (ESA) SMART-1 Moon mission - Astronomy
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