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New Horzions Closes In On Pluto
Our current best images of Pluto, combining multiple images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Not very good. Image Credit:  NASA, ESA, and M. Buie (Southwest Research Institute) When people find out I study astronomy, I generally get one of two reactio...

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Near-Misses: Beagle 2 Found And SpaceX Crash A Rocket
A  picture of the surface of Mars obtained by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The bright patch in the centre is the right shape and in the correct place to be the long-lost Beagle 2 lander. Image Credit: HiRISE/NASA/Leicester This Friday saw news of two sp...

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The Stuff About Space That I Missed In 2014
2014 was a busy year for space exploration. Whilst I've covered a few of the notable stories and discoveries of the year, there have been many more that I've missed for one reason or another. To round off the year then, here is a brief look at four interest...

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NASA Sucsessfuly Tests The Orion Spacecraft- But It's Not Going To Mars
A Delta IV Heavy rocket blasts off from Cape Canaveral carrying NASA's Orion Spacecraft on its first, unmanned test flight. Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Warning: There may be opinions ahead... On Friday the 5th of  December the world watched as the most ...

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The First Landing on a Comet
Released from the Rosetta orbiter, the fridge-sized Philae lander drifts down to become the first spacecraft to land on a comet. Image Credit:  ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA  And the second, and the third... At 8.35 G...

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How to Watch the Comet Landing!
Exciting times! On the 12th of November the European Space Agency will make the first ever attempt to land a space probe on a comet. If all goes to plan, the Rosetta orbiter will deploy the Philae lander into a seven-hour drift onto the surface of Comet 67P...

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ALMA Spots Planets Forming Around a Young Star
High-resolution image of the protoplanetary disc around HL Tau, a young star roughly 450 light-years from Earth. The image, which was taken by the ALMA telescope, shows gaps and rings in the disc carved out by new-born planets. Image Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/...

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Hubble spots Comet Siding Spring flying past Mars
Comet Siding Spring makes near miss of Mars in this image form the Hubble Space Telescope. Click to enlarge! Image Credit: NASA, ESA, PSI, JHU/APL, STScI/AURA  Last Sunday the comet C/2013 A1  Siding Spring flew past Mars at a distance of just 140 thousand ...

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Two new spacecraft join the Mars flotilla
The best view of Mars form Earth, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. A growing number of spacecraft have been sent to study the Red Planet from close-up, including MAVEN and MOM ,which arrived this week. Image Credit: NASA/ESA and The Hubble Heritage Te...
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