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Hawaii approves construction of the most powerful optical telescope on Earth

Friday marked another important step forward for the future of astronomical discovery and economic opportunity on Hawaii Island. The Hawaiian Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) announced that it has granted a permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project to build and operate the next-generation observatory near the summit of Mauna Kea.

Posted: Apr 15th, 2013

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TEXUS 50 - Anniversary for Germany's sounding rocket programme

It is the world's longest running rocket programme for conducting research in microgravity, and today it is celebrating an anniversary. Around 35 years after the launch of the first TEXUS mission in December 1977, the 50th TEXUS rocket was successfully launched into space from the Esrange Space Center near Kiruna in northern Sweden on 12 April 2013.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2013

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NASA announces challenges for the 2013 International Space Apps Challenge

NASA and over 150 partner organizations worldwide will be hosting the International Space Apps Challenge on April 20-21, 2013. The International Space Apps Challenge is a technology development event during which citizens from around the world work together to solve challenges relevant to improving life on Earth and in space.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2013

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NASA proposal to capture asteroid

NASA's FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system where astronauts can visit and explore it.

Posted: Apr 12th, 2013

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Ice cloud heralds fall at Titan's south pole

An ice cloud taking shape over Titan's south pole is the latest sign that the change of seasons is setting off a cascade of radical changes in the atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon. Made from an unknown ice, this type of cloud has long hung over Titan's north pole, where it is now fading, according to observations made by the Composite Infrared Spectrometer on NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2013

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Explosive crater twins on Mars

Dramatic underground explosions, perhaps involving ice, are responsible for the pits inside these two large martian impact craters, imaged by ESA's Mars Express on 4 January.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2013

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An improved mathematical method for simulating the evolution of the solar system

In order to improve a simulation designed to study the evolution of the solar system through time, numerical mathematical methods have been developed at the Computing Faculty of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Specifically, the methods proposed enable the simulation calculations to be done faster and more accurately.

Posted: Apr 11th, 2013

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A ghostly green bubble

This intriguing new picture from ESO's Very Large Telescope shows the glowing green planetary nebula IC 1295 surrounding a dim and dying star located about 3300 light-years away in the constellation of Scutum (The Shield). This is the most detailed picture of this object ever taken.

Posted: Apr 10th, 2013

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Astronaut's radiation study will be critical for Mars mission

As space exploration inches closer to Mars, research into space radiation will become increasingly critical, says ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang, who was introduced today as the new head of the Aerospace Engineering master's programme at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Posted: Apr 9th, 2013

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Meteosat-9 takes over Rapid Scanning Service

Today, Meteosat-9 took over the rapid scanning imagery service (RSS) from Meteosat-8. This completes the reassignment of roles of the three Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) satellites following the launch of Meteosat-10 on 5 July.

Posted: Apr 9th, 2013

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