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Spacecraft closing in on Pluto hits speed bump, but recovers

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on track to sweep past Pluto next week despite hitting a "speed bump" that temporarily halted science collection.

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Philae lander could be sat on comet full of aliens — and wouldn't know about it

The Philae lander could be sat on a comet full of alien life — and we wouldn't know if it was, according to two scientists.

13 hours ago from The Independent

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A giant Pac-Man to gobble up space debris

The Clean Space One Project has passed a milestone. The space cleanup satellite will deploy a conical net to capture the small SwissCube satellite before destroying it in the atmosphere. It's ...

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Contact temporarily lost with New Horizons spacecraft

Like a racehorse stumbling at the finish line, NASA's New Horizons deep space probe gave mission control a moment of anxiety on July 4 as communications were temporarily lost. The unmanned ...

19 hours ago from Gizmag

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Carrington-L5 mission to provide five-day space weather forecasts

Coronal mass ejections (CME), billion-tonne solar plasma eruptions moving towards the Earth at up to 2500 kilometres per second, can cause extensive and expensive disruption by damaging power, ...

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Image: Europa's blood-red scars

Jupiter's moon Europa is a bizarre place. There is something undeniably biological about this image, sent back by NASA's Galileo spacecraft – the moon is scarred by deep red gashes, resembling ...

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Gemini Capsule & Wormhole Made of Tape Lure Little Explorers

Visitors to the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey can crawl through a space-time wormhole and explore a scale model of a Gemini capsule — both made from rolls of translucent packing tape.

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Image: Spirals in Saturn's D Ring

Although the D ring of Saturn is so thin that it's barely noticeable compared to the rest of the ring system, it still displays structures seen in other Saturnian rings. Here the spiral structures ...

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A Danish Festival Will Recycle Participants' Urine to Make New Beer

Call it Beercycling – gallons of beer-urine will be used to fertilize barley, which will ultimately become beer, and then urine again. It’s the perfect cycle. Denmark's Roskilde ...

Fri 3 Jul 15 from ZME Science

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Lucky shot: Photographer catches space station racing past the moon

Dylan O'Donnell, an amateur photographer, took one of the luckiest shots ever: the International Space Station past the moon. Any astro buff would be envious.

13 hours ago from ZME Science

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