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First close-up look shows asteroid Bennu is a holey watery world

6 hours 57 min ago
NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission arrived at Bennu on 3 December, and its first results show that the asteroid is chock-full of water and covered in huge boulders
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Interstellar asteroid ‘Oumuamua slipped by NASA space telescope unseen

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 9:51am
The Spitzer Space Telescope failed to spot ‘Oumuamua, the first interstellar object we’ve ever seen, but we were still able to learn something about this strange space rock
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China is about to launch a mission to explore the far side of the moon

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 7:27am
The Chang’e 4 mission, launching on 7 December, will place both a lander and a rover on the far side of the moon, where no spacecraft has ever landed before
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We don’t need stars to navigate space – black holes work way better

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 7:00am
If you want to find your way across the universe, forget using stars or GPS. The light from quasars billions of light years away can guide us and even help here on Earth
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Gusts of solar wind may have blown together rocks that formed Earth

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 3:00am
The area in our solar system within Mercury’s orbit is empty, which may be because solar winds threw all the rocks farther out, where they helped form planets
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Revealed: the first ever picture of the sun’s north pole

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 7:52am
The sun has a north pole but no spacecraft has ever photographed it. Now the European Space Agency has cleverly pieced a together picture of it using other images
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LIGO found four more pairs of black holes, including the biggest yet

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 6:45am
In a reanalysis of all of its data, LIGO spotted gravitational waves from four new pairs of black holes colliding, bringing the total detection count up to 11
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Astronauts launch in Soyuz rocket for first time since botched takeoff

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 6:31am
A Soyuz rocket carrying three astronauts to the International Space Station launched successfully, ending a period of uncertainty for human spaceflight
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NASA spacecraft OSIRIS-REx set to start mission at asteroid Bennu

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 7:00am
The OSIRIS-REx mission is set to arrive at its destination, the asteroid Bennu, which gets dangerously close to Earth and may tell us about the early solar system
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14 great science and tech books to give as presents this Christmas

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 5:00am
From the true nature of time to the world's most extraordinary brains to why you should ditch social media, Culture picks the best books to give this year
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Space art could be so much more than a shiny satellite in the sky

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:01am
Orbital Reflector, a giant balloon that will inflate in Earth’s orbit and reflect the sun’s light, is the latest attempt at large-scale art in space. But space art should do more than mimic the stars
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Epic history of light reveals the universe peaked 10 billion years ago

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 2:00pm
A gamma ray telescope has revealed that the rate of star formation across the Universe peaked 10 billion years ago and has been going downhill ever since
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Spacecraft to study marsquakes lands on Mars after 7 minutes of terror

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 2:07pm
NASA’s Mars Insight lander made the harrowing descent onto the Red Planet, landing safely in a sandy plain where it will listen for marsquakes
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Don’t miss: tiny patterns, a transgender scientist and a Mars meeting

Sat, 11/24/2018 - 9:00am
Explore science-art tie-ups examining the microscopic world, read about a transgender scientist's career and go to the first meeting of Mars Society London
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Giant grooves on Mars’s moon Phobos may be caused by rolling boulders

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 6:32am
Mars’ largest moon, Phobos, is covered in enormous grooves that stretch over kilometres. They may have been caused by boulders rolling around the surface
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NASA has chosen the landing site for its life-hunting 2020 Mars rover

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 8:05am
Jezero crater on Mars is thought to have once had a river flowing along its rim and could hold signs of ancient life
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There’s an enormous ghost galaxy hiding at the edge of the Milky Way

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 11:35am
The Gaia satellite has spotted a ghost galaxy with a lower surface brightness than any stellar system we’ve ever seen – but the discovery is being questioned
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Super-Earth spotted hiding in plain sight around neighbouring star

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 1:00pm
After years of searching, a planet several times larger than Earth has been discovered orbiting Barnard’s star – the closest star to Earth after the Alpha Centauri system
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Mystery “space cow” is a weird new type of powerful space explosion

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:15am
Months of observations have shown that the strange explosion in space called “the Cow” gets extra power from within, making it a new type of celestial event
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