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'Celestial Butterfly' Nebula Spreads Its Wings in Photos, Video

A cosmic butterfly of a nebula is undergoing a stunning metamorphosis in space, according to new images from a telescope in Chile. The celestial view, captured by the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, is actually the result of dust spit out of a dying star that is then shaped by a stellar companion to […]

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Dying Star's Dust Gives Birth To 'Celestial Butterfly' | Video

L2 Puppis, one of the closest red giant stars (200 light-years), is dying and puffing off an early stage bipolar planetary nebula. ESO’s Very Large telescope’s SPHERE instrument is studying how aging stars release their metallic elements, critical for biology and machine intelligence. (Full Story) Credit: ESO/P. Kervella/N. Risinger (skysurvey.org)/DSS/mash mix: Space.com To source

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Space probe 'Rosetta' is woken up

Of Course Space Exploration is Worth the Money

This article was originally published on The Conversation . The publication contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights . I don’t suppose that readers would expect me to contradict the title of this article – that would be tantamount to signing my own redundancy notice. But, given an environment where phrases such as […]

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Beachcomber Finds SpaceX Rocket Wreckage in Bahamas

If you found part of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket just sitting on the beach, you’d mail it back to Elon Musk, right? That’s what Kevin Eichelberger, above, says he decided to do after happening upon the rocket’s wreckage in the Bahamas May 29.Credit: Kevin Eichelberger On May 29, Twitter user Kevin Eichelberger scored what will […]

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Huge Supersonic Parachute Ripped to Shreds in NASA 'Flying Saucer' Test

Stills showing the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle’s huge parachute at or near full inflation (left) and after a rip developed (right) during a June 8, 2015 test flight.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltch/NASA TV A gigantic supersonic parachute that NASA is developing to help land heavy payloads on Mars was torn apart during yesterday’s “flying saucer” test flight […]

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Space Station Crew Returning to Earth After Delay

An extra month in orbit gave the record for the longest spaceflight by a woman to Italy’s Samantha Cristoforetti.Credit: ESA/NASA Three crewmembers who have been aboard the International Space Station for an extended, 6.5-month mission will be heading home on Thursday, with no launch date set for their replacements. Station commander Terry Virts with NASA, […]

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Tethys the Target

Like most moons in the solar system, Tethys is covered by impact craters. Some craters bear witness to incredibly violent events, such as the crater Odysseus (seen here at the right of the image). The image was taken in visible light with the Cassini spacecraft narrow-angle camera on April 11, 2015. To source

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