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Herschell multipurpose space observatory

Next year a multipurpose space observatory will be launched by ESA, the Herschell. "Herschel, a multi purpose space observatory, is scheduled to launch in 2008, in a dual configuration with ESA’s cosmic microwave background mission,…


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Venus Express still on the move

Let’s not forget that the Venus Express is still out there doing its job, circling Venus, observing this hellhole. An overview of the results until now can be read here.


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Time on my weightless hand

Most of the time, you’re running _out_ of time. Sometimes however, you have plenty of time. Say when you’re on the ISS and reinforcements aren’t arriving. Read the whole story here.


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How big is yours?

Compare your favorite inner planet to the others and see how big it is: From left to right Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars. And who is hottest? Find out yourself. No boasting please.


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The “Face on Mars”

When NASA studied the picture of the Viking Orbiter 1 in 1976, it found an amazing optical illusion, the now (in)famous "Face on Mars" in the Cydonia region. From above, the structure resembled a face….


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Rosetta’s Mars flyby successfull

The Mars flyby of Rosetta went well. During the process, it took some pictures. An intriguing one shows a picture of Mars from approximately 1000 km height, with parts of the spacecraft in view:  …


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Rosetta’s in the Swing

ESA’s spacecraft Rosetta is going to swing. Swing by Mars, that is. Tomorrow it will pass Mars at a mere distance of 250 km. That’s comparable to the height of a Space Shuttle around Earth,…