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    NASA rolls out new moon rocket for test flight

    NASA on Tuesday carted a sleek, towering rocket out to the launch pad to test the vehicle planned to replace the retiring space shuttles and return U.S. astronauts to the moon. The flight, scheduled for next week, comes as the Obama administration considers whether to continue the Ares 1 rocket...
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    Panel says NASA should skip moon, fly elsewhere

    NASA needs to make a major detour on its grand plans to return astronauts to the moon, a special independent panel told the White House Thursday. Under current plans, NASA has picked the wrong destination with the wrong rocket, the panel's chairman said. A test-flight version of the rocket, the...
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    NASA refines asteroid Apophis' path toward Earth

    Using updated information, NASA scientists have recalculated the path of a large asteroid. The refined path indicates a significantly reduced likelihood of a hazardous encounter with Earth in 2036. The Apophis asteroid is approximately the size of two-and-a-half football fields. Near-Earth...
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    Spitzer Space Telescope discovers largest ring around Saturn

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered an enormous ring around Saturn — by far the largest of the giant planet's many rings. The new belt lies at the far reaches of the Saturnian system, with an orbit tilted 27° from the main ring plane. The bulk of its material starts about 3.7 million...
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    Sea-level stargazing: Astronomers make key sighting with Florida telescope

    This summer, University of Florida (UF) astronomers inaugurated the world's largest optical telescope on a nearly 8,000-foot mountaintop. But it was a far more modest observatory, located just above sea level in rural Levy County and just down the road from the UF campus that proved key to a...
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    NASA knew it for decades, next step extraterrestrial presence on moon?

    NASA knew it for decades, next step extraterrestrial presence on moon? Monday, September 28, 2009 Indian Space Reserach Oragization's probe finds water in moon, NASA decides to accept the fact that it knew for decades - next step extraterrestrial presence on moon? NASA now agrees that...
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    Twin Keck telescopes probe dual dust disks

    September 25, 2009 Astronomers using the twin 10-meter telescopes at the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii recently explored one of the most compact dust disks ever resolved around another star. If placed in our own solar system, the disk would reach nearly to Jupiter's orbit. An outer disk that...
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    Cassini reveals new ring quirks, shadows during Saturn equinox

    NASA scientists are marveling over the extent of ruffles and dust clouds revealed in the rings of Saturn during the planet's equinox last month. Scientists once thought the rings were almost flat, but new images reveal the heights of some newly discovered bumps in the rings are as high as the...
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    Planck satellite snaps its first images of ancient cosmic light

    The Planck mission has captured its first rough images of the sky, demonstrating the observatory is working and ready to measure light from the dawn of time. Planck — a European Space Agency (ESA) mission with significant NASA participation — will survey the entire sky to learn more about the...
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    Ganymede's magnetosphere makes a big impression on Jupiter's auroral lightshows

    Studies of features in Jupiter's spectacular and rapidly changing aurorae have given new insights into the complex electromagnetic interactions between the giant planet and two of its innermost moons. As Ganymede and Io orbit Jupiter, they interact with regions of plasma and generate...
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    Mini-comets within a comet lit up 17P/Holmes during mega-outburst

    Astronomers from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Hawaii have discovered multiple fragments ejected during the largest cometary outburst ever witnessed. Stevenson, together with colleagues Jan Kleyna and David Jewitt, began observing comet Holmes in October 2007...
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    Surprising, Huge Peaks Discovered in Saturn's Rings

    Stunning new views of Saturn from a NASA spacecraft have revealed odd formations in the planet's trademark rings, including ripples as tall as the Rocky Mountains. The new images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft show that Saturn's icy rings - once thought to be relatively thin - can be miles...
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    New Views of Our Milky Way Revealed

    New photographs of the center of the Milky Way reveal the chaotic environment at the heart of our galaxy, where a supermassive black hole is thought to lurk. The close-up views come from two recent projects - one undertaken by an amateur astronomer. Stephane Guisard, an engineer at the European...
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    Space shuttle Discovery back home in Florida

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Space shuttle Discovery is finally back home in Florida following a cross-country journey and a trip to orbit. Discovery arrived at Kennedy Space Center at noon Monday atop a modified jumbo jet. The plane left Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana in the morning. The...
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    NASA Moves Up Launch Debut for New Moon Rocket

    NASA's first version of the rocket slated to replace the space shuttle and send astronauts back to the moon will make its debut test launch Oct. 27, four days early, the space agency announced Tuesday. The rocket, a demonstration booster called Ares I-X, was previously scheduled to blast off...
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    A spot Free Sun still has a great influence on the Earth

    A spot Free Sun still has a great influence on the Earth Saturday, September 19, 2009 Although the Sun in recent years has had very few sunspots showing, nevertheless, there appears to have been a major influence on the earth. The solar researchers write in an article published today in...
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    Galactic bombardment unlikely to destroy Milky Way

    Computer simulations show that a collision between a large galaxy and its satellite would result in the satellite gradually disintegrating while its gravity tugged at the larger galaxy's edge, drawing out stars and other material. As scientists attempt to learn more about how galaxies evolve...
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    Mysteries surrounding methane on Mars

    Mysteries surrounding methane on Mars Thursday, August 27, 2009 There may be more life in the planet Mars as scientists once thought. The discovery of methane in 2004 means that either life or volcanic activity that continues to generate heat below the surface of the planet. ESA wants to...
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    Forbidden History of the Moon (Alex Collier)

    Forbidden History of the Moon (Alex Collier) (Translated: From Dutch) Saturday, August 22, 2009 We live in interesting times. We share a general interest in our country and our world. We are temporarily interested in new and previously provided information and discoveries about space, until...
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