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Murky Mercury 'is solar system's rubbish dump', say scientists

The planet Mercury has long enjoyed a certain glamorous sheen thanks to it being named after the fleet-footed messenger of the Roman gods.

6 hours ago from The Independent

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Twin fools NASA at brother's launch on one-year flight

Astronaut Scott Kelly's identical twin pulled a fast one on NASA right before his brother blasted off on a one-year space station mission.

6 hours ago from Phys.org

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Solar Impulse lands in China after 22-hour flight from Myanmar

Solar Impulse 2 landed early Tuesday in China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, as it completed the fifth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun.

6 hours ago from Phys.org

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Stop blaming the moon: Study highlights flaws in earlier research on hospital admissions and the lunar cycle

"It must be a full moon" is a common refrain when things appear more hectic than usual.

7 hours ago from Medical Xpress

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China Has Ambitions To Build A Solar Power Station In Space

The world mostly relies on fossil fuels for its energy needs though sincere efforts are underway to end this reliance and shift towards greener alternatives. Solar and wind power generation ...

7 hours ago from Ubergizmo

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Russia announces plan to build new space station with NASA

Russia on Saturday announced initial plans to build a new orbital space station together with NASA to replace the International Space Station (ISS), which is set to operate until 2024.

Sat 28 Mar 15 from Phys.org

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It's 'full spin ahead' for NASA soil moisture mapper

The 20-foot (6-meter) "golden lasso" reflector antenna atop NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory is now ready to wrangle up high-resolution global soil moisture data, following ...

15 hours ago from Phys.org

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ESA recovers IXV spaceplane

ESA's recovered IXV spaceplane arrived at the Port of Livorno in Italy yesterday and is set to be taken to Turin for final analysis.

15 hours ago from Phys.org

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MESSENGER completes 4,000th orbit of Mercury

On March 25, the MESSENGER spacecraft completed its 4,000th orbit of Mercury, and the lowest point in its orbit continues to move closer to the planet than ever before. The orbital phase of ...

15 hours ago from Phys.org

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NASA outlines Asteroid Redirect Mission

NASA has released new details on how it plans to boldly go to an asteroid and come back with a bit of it. The Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is part of the space agency's Asteroid Initiative ...

Sat 28 Mar 15 from Gizmag

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