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Training sessions for the Philae comet lander

The original Philae comet lander has been travelling through space since 2 March 2004. It is currently in hibernation mode, awaiting its arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. But the Philae models on the ground are being put through their paces: they are being tested to breaking point and examined by the German Aerospace Center.

Mar 18th, 2013

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NASA sees leaping lunar dust

Electrically charged lunar dust near shadowed craters can get lofted above the surface and jump over the shadowed region, bouncing back and forth between sunlit areas on opposite sides, according to new calculations by NASA scientists.

Mar 18th, 2013

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Webb Telescope gets its wings

A massive backplane that will hold the primary mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope nearly motionless while it peers into space is another step closer to completion with the recent assembly of the support structure's wings.

Mar 17th, 2013

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Stellar baby boom

Astronomers observe starburst galaxies in early space with the ALMA telescope - and discover the most distant detection of water published to date

Mar 13th, 2013

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