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Hayabusa's Return Delayed Until 2007
The setbacks for Japan's Hayabusa mission continue to mount, as today [Dec. 14] officials of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that there's been no contact with their asteroid-chasing craft since December 9th - Sky and Telescope, JAXA
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Where There's Clay, There's Water
The European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express orbiter quietly and consistently contributes important information to our growing knowledge of the Red Planet. At the American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting last week in San Francisco, ESA scientists announced Mars Express' OMEGA instrument has discovered evidence of past water on Mars' surface - Astronomy
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Astronomers Use Hubble To ‘Weigh’ Dog Star’s Companion
New results published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society provide for the first time an accurate measurement of the weight of the nearest white dwarf, Sirius B, companion of the brightest star in the sky - ESA
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Strange New Object Found At Edge Of Solar System
A large object has been found beyond Pluto travelling in an orbit tilted by 47 degrees to most other bodies in the solar system. Astronomers are at a loss to explain why the object's orbit is so off-kilter while being almost circular - New Scientist
Hot, Massive Haloes Found Around Most Spiral Galaxies
Astronomers using ESA's XMM-Newton observatory have found very hot gaseous haloes around a multitude of spiral galaxies similar to our Milky Way galaxy - ESA
Observatory Spots Galaxy's Most Energetic Gamma Rays
The ground-based observatory detects radiation from the showers of particles produced when a gamma ray strikes the atmosphere - New Scientist
Witnessing The Flash From A Black Hole's Cannibal Act
An international team of astronomers reports the discovery of a third short gamma-ray burst, associated with a nearby elliptical galaxy. The low level of star formation in such galaxies and the detection of a second long-lasting flare indicate that this gamma-ray burst is most likely the final scream of a neutron star as it is being devoured by a black hole - European Southern Observatory
Spitzer Exposes Our Galaxy's Deepest Secrets
Astronomers discover 100 new star clusters using infrared observing capabilities of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope - Spitzer Science Center
JHU-STScI Team Maps Dark Matter In Startling Detail
Clues revealed by the recently sharpened view of the Hubble Space Telescope have allowed astronomers to map the location of invisible "dark matter" in unprecedented detail in two very young galaxy clusters - Johns Hopkins University
ESA Accelerates Towards A New Space Thruster
ESA has confirmed the principle of a new space thruster that may ultimately give much more thrust than today’s electric propulsion techniques - ESA
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