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ESA: Start Removing Space Junk Now to Avert Disaster

It was on 23 August at 17:07 GMT that spacecraft operators at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) control centre in Darmstadt, Germany, noticed something was going wrong. Their flagship Earth observation satellite, Sentinel-1A, had suddenly jumped into a slightly different orbit and a slightly different orientation.

A new space debris tracking site is to

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What are The “Magic Islands” on Saturn’s Moon Titan?

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When NASA’s Cassini mission surveyed Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, in 2013, scientists encountered a mystery they couldn’t solve: the “magic islands.”

Radar images showed unexplained bright regions in Ligeia Mare, the second largest liquid body on Titan’s surface. The sea is 50% larger than our own Lake Superior and is comprised of liquid

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Potential Killer Asteroid Made “Close” Pass Today, Only 4 times distance of Moon

On April 19 (Today), an asteroid roughly the size of the Rock of Gibraltar will speed safely by Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles — or less than five times the distance from Earth to the moon.

NASA says there’s no chance the 2,000-foot-wide space rock will hit our

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Atmosphere Discovered around Earth-Like Planet for First Time, Maybe Not So Hospitable

Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet for the first time. They have studied a world known as GJ 1132b, which is 1.4-times the size of our planet and lies 39 light years away.

Artist’s impression of GJ 1132b: The planet’s thick atmosphere may contain water or methane

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First Clear Shot: Have you Ever Heard of Pan, a Moon of Saturn

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First Clear Shot of a Moon of Saturn Called Pan, Taken by Cassini

Mystery “Blob” Discovered in Space

Astronomers have discovered a vast, glowing blob of gas in the distant Universe, and they can’t figure out what’s actually lighting it up.

This glowing nebula is located at the centre of an enormous ‘protocluster’ of early galaxies some 10 billion light-years from Earth, and is the brightest cosmic object of its kind

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Rabbi Predicts Coming of Messiah

An Israeli Rabbi has heralded the arrival of the Messiah after an astronomer predicted the birth of a new star in 2022. Jewish prophecy foretells that such a celestial event will coincide with the arrival of the savior and liberator of Jewish people.

The new star is expected to be formed when More…

Moon Much Older than Originally Thought

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The moon is at least 4.51 billion years old — or 40-140 million years older than previously thought, says new research based on an analysis of minerals from the moon called zircons.

Neil Armstrong on Moon with Flag

These minerals were brought back to Earth by the Apollo 14 mission in 1971 and have

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Earth Just Had a Near Miss

Early Monday morning, while people on the East Coast were making coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.

Illustrating a past near miss The trail of the asteroid that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, on February 15, 2013. Flickr/Alex Alishevskikh

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Additional Fast Radio Bursts Detected from Same Location in Space

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Repeated wave blasts suggest nondestructive event as source

COME AGAIN A young neutron star might be behind a repeating source of cosmic radio waves detected at the Arecibo Observatory (left) and the Green Bank Telescope (right).

A chatty source of radio waves from deep space has a little more to say. Six more blasts

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Russia’s Anti-Satellite Weapons Testing

Russia has recently tested what is believed to be an anti-satellite weapon, US sources with knowledge of the test told CNN.

The US tracked the weapon and it did not create debris, indicating it did not destroy a target, the source said. The Russian test, coming as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to enter

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NASA Proposes Trip to Nearest Star, Alpha Cetauri

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Nasa researchers have joined forces with Stephen Hawking to build a nano-starship that can travel one-fifth the speed of light.

If successful, the ship, called “StarChip” could reach Earth’s closest star system, Alpha Centauri, in 20 years.

Stephen Hawking announced the Breakthrough Starshot project in April, for which he is joined by a team

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Great U.S. Hero, John Glenn Passes at Age 95

His legend is other-worldly and now, at age 95, that’s where John Glenn has gone.

John Glenn During his Glory days in a Space Capsule

An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life

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Unexplained Pulsed Signals From Group of Sun-Like Stars

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Most of us want there to be aliens. Green ones, pink ones, brown ones, Greys. Or maybe Vulcans, Klingons, even a being of pure energy. Any type will do.

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope stands out against the breathtaking backdrop of the Sacramento Mountains. 234 stars out of the Sloan’s catalogue of over

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Schiaparelli Lander Gets to Mars the Hard Way

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There Goes Another Billion Dollars Down the Drain

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has identified a large dark patch in the robot’s targeted landing zone consistent with a high-velocity impact.

Image of the Schiaparelli lander (Crasher) Imaged by a U.S. Satellite

Schiaparelli is widely thought to have crashed and been destroyed.

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Is the Existence of a Second Earth Being Hidden?

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The ability to detect planets around distant stars has grown remarkably in just the last few years due to a combination of improved instruments and better techniques. Where not so long ago it was possible only to discover large, Jupiter-like worlds, now, year by year scientists are discovering More…

Russian Muttering’s About Nukes in Space

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Kremlin claims about a spacecraft that could fire weapons anywhere on Earth within two hours may have just kick-started a nuclear arms race in space.

The U.S. X-37B – amateur skywatchers are enjoying the cat-and-mouse game with the US military’s “space weapon” / AP Read

The Russian military claims it’s making progress on a

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Dwarf Planet Beyond Pluto Discovered

A dwarf planet half the size of Britain has been found tumbling through space in the most distant reaches of the solar system.

The giant ball of rock and ice lies nine billion kilometres away on an orbit that swings far beyond the realm of Neptune, the most remote of the fully-fledged planets in

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Most Likely Places for Life in Our Galaxy

Our home galaxy isn’t as hospitable to life as you might think. Cosmic radiation, supernova explosions, and collisions with small galaxies make much of the Milky Way too hellish for biology. But a detailed new simulation locates quiet and fertile neighborhoods, including a surprising locale: wispy streams of stars flung far beyond the main

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Believe it: The Russian 23mm Space Cannon

Last month, a Russian military show, Voennaya Priemka, revealed one of the biggest secrets of the Soviet Union’s 1970s space program: the R-23M Space Cannon. A defensive weapon designed to counter the threat of American anti-satellite weapons, the R-23M was a 23-millimeter automatic cannon that could be fired in the vacuum of space.

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