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New Progress Docks With Station
An unpiloted Progress cargo craft docked with the International Space Station at 10:42 a.m. EDT Saturday [Sep. 12] with a cargo of supplies, equipment and fuel for the International Space Station - NASA
Spirit Samples Husband Hill
Since it began its trek up Husband Hill, the highest of the peaks, the intrepid rover has found no fewer than five different classes of rocks - Sky and Telescope
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Largest Asteroid May Be 'Mini Planet' With Water Ice
Observations of Ceres, the largest known asteroid, have revealed that the object may be a "mini planet," sharing many characteristics of the rocky, terrestrial planets like Earth - Space Telescope Science Institute
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Cosmic 'Cigar' Spins At Astonishing Pace
A recently discovered planetoid on the outskirts of our Solar System is turning so fast that it seems to have been squeezed into the shape of a cigar - Nature
Deep Impact Collision Ejected The Stuff Of Life
Millions of kilograms of fine dust particles and water and a "surprisingly high" amount of organic molecules sprayed into space when NASA crashed its Deep Impact spacecraft into Comet 9P/Tempel 1 on 4 July 2005, reveal a trio of new studies - New Scientist
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Martian Methane Probe In Trouble
One of the best chances for solving Mars's methane mystery may have been lost. The Planetary Fourier Spectrometer (PFS) on board the Mars Express orbiter seems to be broken, perhaps for good - Nature
Spiral Spotted Around Saturn's Outer Ring
A spiral of powder-sized particles winds around Saturn’s outermost ring, according to new observations with the Cassini spacecraft. The new feature may be caused by small moons ploughing through the ring, but scientists are at a loss to explain the process - New Scientist
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Star Eats Companion
ESA's Integral space observatory, together with NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer spacecraft, has found a fast-spinning pulsar in the process of devouring its companion - ESA
Methane On Mars
Observations from ground-based telescopes and the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter have turned up surprising amounts of the gas - Sky and Telescope
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Dusty Old Star Offers Window To Our Future, Astronomers Report
Astronomers have glimpsed dusty debris around an essentially dead star where gravity and radiation should have long ago removed any sign of dust — a discovery that may provide insights into our own solar system's eventual demise several billion years from now - University of California Los Angeles
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