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Apollo's lunar dust data being restored

Forty years after the last Apollo spacecraft launched, the science from those missions continues to shape our view of the moon. In one of the latest developments, readings from the Apollo 14 and 15 dust detectors have been restored by scientists at NASA

Posted: Dec 7th, 2012

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Hubble sees a galaxy hit a bullseye

NGC 922's current unusual form is a result of a cosmic bullseye millions of years ago. A smaller galaxy, catalogued as 2MASXI J0224301-244443, plunged right through the heart of NGC 922 and shot out the other side.

Posted: Dec 6th, 2012

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Herschel and Keck take census of the invisible Universe

By combining the observing powers of ESA's Herschel space observatory and the ground-based Keck telescopes, astronomers have characterised hundreds of previously unseen starburst galaxies, revealing extraordinary high star-formation rates across the history of the Universe.

Posted: Dec 4th, 2012

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Titan, Saturn's largest moon, icier than thought

Scientists have long suspected that a vast ocean of liquid water lies under the crusty exterior of Titan, Saturn's largest moon. New analysis suggests that the internally generated heat that keeps that ocean from freezing relies on the moon's interactions with Saturn and its other moons.

Posted: Dec 4th, 2012

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Improving software for asteroid detection

Alon Efrat and Jonathan Myers of the University of Arizona computer science department are working under a new grant to help improve methods for discovering asteroids on paths toward Earth.

Posted: Dec 4th, 2012

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