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The upstart asteroid who showed rings are for everybody

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:40am
Rings were thought to belong only to an exclusive celestial club including flashy giants like Saturn – but then Chariklo crashed the party
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Family tree of stars helps reconstruct Milky Way’s formation

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 10:56am
Using an array of chemical elements detected in stars as proxies for their “DNA”, stellar histories can be tracked around the galaxy, mapping a family tree
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A space travel guide for your first holiday off-planet

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 5:00am
The journey won't smell good, but there'll be great sex and a terrific view, so don't leave Earth without The Traveler's Guide to Space
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Connecting us all: How satellites remade the world

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 5:00am
From cold wars to hot junk, a new book about satellites shows how thousands of satellites extend humans' reach in every possible way
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New NASA teams will make human Mars missions light and efficient

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 2:07pm
NASA just funded two new institutes to develop technology for future space missions: one to make lighter materials, one to help build with the resources on Mars itself
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Mars might already be building rings from its moons

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 1:01pm
Simulations show that Mars will rip its moon Phobos into a ring in a few million years – but proto-rings may already exist
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Dwarf planet Ceres hosts home-grown organic material

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 2:00pm
The first evidence of organic material on Ceres opens the door to the possibility that other asteroids harbour precursors to primitive life
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Far-off asteroid caught cohabiting with Uranus around the sun

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 6:45am
The second Trojan asteroid of Uranus ever found suggests there could be hundreds more associated with the planet
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Turn satellites into sparkling fireworks to burn up space junk

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 5:32am
Satellite debris that falls to Earth could be deadly, but pellets made of a heat-generating mixture could help them burn up safely in the atmosphere
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The Mars paradox: Why we still don’t understand water on Mars

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 1:00pm
A 40-year quest to resolve discrepancies between climate models and observations just got another false start. Are we missing something more fundamental?
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Mars landing sites for 2020 NASA mission down to the final three

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 1:06pm
At a meeting in California, NASA scientists whittled down the landing sites for its next rover - which will search for signs of life
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Starlight test shows quantum world has been weird for 600 years

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 5:00pm
Unknown physics that could undermine quantum theory has been ruled out in a measurement guided by starlight emitted at least six centuries ago
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Magnetic meteorites narrow down solar system’s birthdate

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 2:00pm
Magnetic fields in 4-billion-year-old rocks suggest the dust and gas cloud that spawned the solar system had gone by 3.8 million years after the sun formed
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NASA wants to put a lander on Europa’s surface to look for life

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 10:22am
If it goes ahead, the proposed lander mission would be NASA’s first search for life on the surface of another planet since the Mars Viking missions in the late seventies
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Primitive plants survive almost two years in outer space

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 4:30am
Searing temperatures, radiation and lack of air didn't kill algae kept outside the International Space Station – so maybe life from space could colonise worlds
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Glass from nuclear test site shows the moon was born dry

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 2:00pm
Examining residue from the first detonation of a nuclear weapon has helped explain why the moon seems to have so few volatile elements like water and methane
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Rare mid-weight black hole found at heart of bright star cluster

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 1:00pm
Intermediate-mass black holes – weighing a few hundred to a few thousand solar masses – are the Bigfoot of astronomy, but now we may have seen one in our galaxy
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Sun’s rotation is slowed down by its own photons

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 9:37am
The sun's layers slow the escape of photons of sunlight, and when they finally stream away they return the favour by slowing the rotation of its outer layer
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Tweet me, I’m about to die in space

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 7:00am
Artists Cath Le Couteur and Nick Ryan weigh in on the space junk problem in the online Project Adrift – combining film, soundscape and Twitter feeds
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Gravitational wave detector prepares to peer into bizarre stars

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 5:04am
It has already made the discovery of the decade – next LIGO aims to model weird events so we can recognise them when they arrive
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