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Life and death in a star-forming cloud

The aftershock of a stellar explosion rippling through space is captured in this new view of supernova remnant W44, which combines far-infrared and X-ray data from ESA's Herschel and XMM-Newton space observatories.

Posted: Nov 14th, 2012

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Lost in space: Rogue planet spotted?

Astronomers using ESO's Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope have identified a body that is very probably a planet wandering through space without a parent star. This is the most exciting free-floating planet candidate so far and the closest such object to the Solar System at a distance of about 100 light-years.

Posted: Nov 14th, 2012

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Missing hydrogen problem solved

The mystery of why scientists cannot detect hydrogen in the most distant regions of the universe has been addressed by University of Sydney research.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2012

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The great space coaster: Astronomers measure the deceleration of the universe before dark energy

For the past five billion years, the expansion of the Universe has been speeding up, powered by the mysterious repulsive force known as 'dark energy'. But thanks to a new technique for measuring the three-dimensional structure of the distant Universe, astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III) have made the first measurement of the cosmic expansion rate just three billion years after the Big Bang.

Posted: Nov 13th, 2012

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China to launch manned spaceship in June

Like in the Shenzhou-9 mission, the crew might include two men astronauts and a woman, who are scheduled to enter the Tiangong-1 space lab module, Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of China's manned space program, said on the sidelines of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.

Posted: Nov 12th, 2012

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China plans manned space launch in 2013

China is aiming to launch its next manned space mission as early as June 2013, state media reported Saturday, as the country steps up its ambitious exploration programme.

Posted: Nov 10th, 2012

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The Van Allen probes: Honoring the origins of magnetospheric science

In 1958, the first US rocket - known as Explorer 1 and led by James Van Allen at the University of Iowa - was launched. By providing observations of a giant swath of magnetized radiation trapped around Earth, now known as the Van Allen Belts, Explorer 1 confirmed that Earth's magnetic environment, the magnetosphere, was not a simple place.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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On the hunt for dark matter

Ceremonial dedication of the PRISMA Cluster of Excellence / EUR 35 million to promote top-level research in particle and hadron physics.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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A clean-up for space

Space is becoming increasingly polluted by man-made debris. New EU guidelines and standards will help mitigate the problem and make the space industry cleaner.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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Propulsion chips for miniature satellites

Miniature satellites weighing under 100 kilograms (kg) are a less expensive and easier-to-launch alternative to large spacecraft. EU-funded scientists are developing a "thruster-on-a-chip" to provide the necessary boost.

Posted: Nov 9th, 2012

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