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First Galileo Satellite On Orbit To Demonstrate Key Technologies
The first Galileo demonstrator is in orbit, marking the very first step to full operability of Europe’s new global navigation satellite system, under a partnership between ESA and the European Commission - ESA
Pulsar Racing Through Space Reveals Comet-Like Trail
A team led by Dr. Patrizia Caraveo of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Milan discovered this cometary trail with data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Archive - Italian National Institute for Astrophysics
The Cosmic Christmas Ghost
Just like Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol takes us on a journey into past, present and future in the time of only one Christmas Eve, two of ESO's telescopes captured various stages in the life of a star in a single image - European Southern Observatory
China's Moon Orbiting Mission Takes Step Forward
China's plans to send a spacecraft around the moon have reached a new stage, with the unmanned orbiter and rocket entering production and testing, China's top aerospace official said on Thursday - Reuters (at
Einstein Equation Confirmed
Scientists at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) proved Einstein's famous equation, E=mc2, is correct to 0.0000004 percent. The scientists' direct evaluation was 55 times more precise than previous tests - Astronomy
Earth Aurora: Chandra Looks Back At Earth
A team of scientists observed Earth’s north polar region ten times during a four-month period in 2004. As the bright arcs in this sample of images show, they discovered low-energy (0.1 - 10 kilo electron volts) X-rays generated during auroral activity. Other satellite observatories had previously detected high-energy X-rays from Earth’s auroras - Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
A Truly Grand Canyon
A crescent Tethys shows off its great scar, Ithaca Chasma, for which the moon is renowned. The chasm is 100 kilometers (60 miles) across on average, and is 4 kilometers (2 miles) deep in places - NASA/JPL
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Microbot Madness: Hopping Toward Planetary Exploration
The success of NASA’s Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity has scored high points for the wheeled automatons, but another plan may one day have their robotic successors hopping -
2005: The Year In The Solar System
In 2005, scientists pieced together more clues in our understanding of the mysteries of the solar system. And the year yielded some exciting discoveries on Earth’s astronomical doorstep - New Scientist
Gov't Issues Proposed Space Tourism Rules
Regular tourist trips into space are still a thing of the future, but the government is getting ready for the eventual liftoff - Associated Press (at
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