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NASA-Funded Scientists Discover Tenth Planet
A planet larger than Pluto has been discovered in the outlying regions of the solar system. Currently about 97 times further from the sun than the Earth, the planet is the farthest-known object in the solar system, and the third brightest of the Kuiper belt objects - NASA/JPL
Shuttle Almost Declared Safe For Landing
NASA has officially declared the heat shield tiles and thermal blankets on Discovery safe for landing. The only areas remaining to be cleared are the Reinforced Carbon-Carbon (RCC) panels on the wings and nose-cone and two gap fillers that are sticking out from between tiles - New Scientist
Spitzer Finds Life Components In Young Universe
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found the ingredients for life all the way back to a time when the universe was a mere youngster - NASA/JPL
The Whirlpool's Supernova Surprises
Astronomers announce that they have used Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observations to identify the supernova's progenitor - Sky and Telescope
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Water Ice In Crater At Martian North Pole
These images, taken by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) on board ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft, show a patch of water ice sitting on the floor of an unnamed crater near the Martian north pole - ESA
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The Survivor Planet
German astronomers have shown that a planet can survive the evolution of a nearby star through its red-giant and planetary-nebula phases - Sky and Telescope
Cassini Finds An Active, Watery World At Saturn's Enceladus
Saturn's tiny icy moon Enceladus, which ought to be cold and dead, instead displays evidence for active ice volcanism - NASA
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The Life And Times Of Sirius B
The white dwarf orbiting Sirius began its life as a blue star with 5 times the Sun's mass, say astronomers in Arizona and New Mexico - Astronomy
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NASA's Chandra Neon Discovery Solves Solar Paradox
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory survey of nearby sun-like stars suggests there is nearly three times more neon in the sun and local universe than previously believed. If true, this would solve a critical problem with understanding how the sun works - NASA
The Unfolding Space Telescope
A novel suitcase-sized telescope could revolutionise the way we see the Earth and other planets. ESA has supported the work of a group of students in developing the Dobson Space Telescope, being tested this month aboard ESA's parabolic flight campaign aircraft - ESA
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