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Venus on the brakes

ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has discovered that our cloud-covered neighbour spins a little slower than previously measured. Peering through the dense atmosphere in the infrared, the orbiter found surface features were not quite where they…


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A refreshing drink on the Moon?

New maps produced by the Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) reveal features at the Moon’s north and south poles in regions that lie in perpetual darkness. Developed by the…


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Apollo 17 from above

Since the latest release of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) images on December 15 we’ve been able to get a better idea of what flight directors were up to last August. As advertised, the record-breaking…


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Crowdsourcing for ET

The most profound question asked by mankind is: are we alone? So the second most profound question must be: where should we look if we’re not alone? Now, two prominent scientists have published a paper…


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A long way from home

NASA’s New Horizons mission reached a special milestone today on its way to reconnoiter the Pluto system, coming closer to Pluto than any other spacecraft. It’s taken New Horizons 2,143 days of high-speed flight –…