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Scotland Dominates Locations List For UK Spaceport

July 16, 2014 | | One Comment

Space tourism is on the mind of the British government, as it has announced plans to build at least eight spaceports on its soil. Scotland is so far the centerpoint of Britain’s space ambitions, and may home up to six … Continue reading

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When fantasy becomes reality: first seeds to be planted soon on Mars

May 20, 2014 |

The first seeds germination experiment is about to be launched on Mars (Mars Plant Experiment, MPX). Greenhouse, small transparent cube, will be attached to the outer surface of the new Mars rover, that will be launched in mid-2020 and will … Continue reading

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Construction to Begin on 2016 NASA Mars Lander

May 20, 2014 |

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander, after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review on Friday.

NASA’s Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission … Continue reading

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Our Sun’s Long Lost Stellar ‘Sister’ Found

May 10, 2014 |

Stars like the sun may end up alone but they are born in stellar nurseries, with a thousand — or a hundred thousand — siblings. Over time, the family disbands, victims of gravitational nudges and other tidings after 4.5 billion … Continue reading

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First Earth-sized planet found in ‘habitable zone’: Kepler-186f

April 18, 2014 |

The hunt for potential life in outer space has taken a step forward — an international team of researchers has discovered the first Earth-sized planet within the “habitable zone” of another star.

The exoplanet dubbed Kepler-186f was first spotted by … Continue reading

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Hubble Extends Stellar Tape Measure 10 Times Farther Into Space

April 13, 2014 |

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now can precisely measure the distance of stars up to 10,000 light-years away — 10 times farther than previously possible.

Astronomers have developed yet another novel way to use the 24-year-old space telescope by … Continue reading

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NASA space assets detect ocean inside Saturn moon

April 6, 2014 |

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn’s moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial microbes.

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Astronomers Discover New Planet

March 31, 2014 |

A new planet has recently been discovered by astronomers, and the discovery of the dwarf pink planet which appears to be the most distant in orbit in our solar system leads researchers to believe that there may be thousands more, … Continue reading

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Comet-chaser Rosetta’s instruments come alive

March 23, 2014 |

The Rosetta probe has started turning on its instruments. After coming out of a near three-year, deep-space hibernation in January, the satellite now has sufficient power to check out its science payload. The spacecraft is currently about 675 million km … Continue reading

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Gemini Planet Imager

March 23, 2014 |

There is excitement in astronomy and planetary science departments worldwide as the new Gemini Planet Imager, housed in the Gemini South Telescope in the Chilean Andes, turns its razor-sharp gaze to the skies. This device, known as GPI for short, … Continue reading

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