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Mystery on Mercury: Strange Pattern of Huge Cliffs Defy Explanation

This amazing view of Mercury’s southern polar region was captured by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft during its mission to orbit the planet for years. Strange patterns of huge cliffs and ridges (visible here near center) have raised a new Mercury mystery for scientists.Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/Smithsonian Institution A baffling new […]

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Airbus' Adeline Project Aims to Build Reusable Rockets and Space Tugs

Artist’s concept of Airbus’ reusable Adeline craft coming in for a landing.Credit: Airbus Europe wants reusable rockets, too. European aerospace company Airbus has revealed its plans to develop rocket engines that fly back to a runway and a reusable upper stage that acts as a space tug — reusability concepts that mirror those being developed […]

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Hubble image of SDP.81

Einstein Ring Reveals Explosion of Star Birth in Deep Universe (Video)

The mysteries of star formation in a distant galaxy have been revealed in unprecedented detail, thanks to the twisting and bending of light by gravity. By pairing the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile with a natural phenomenon known as gravitational lensing, scientists have probed the details of a galaxy 11.4 light-years away […]

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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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