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Meet the Comet Interceptor. It?ll Wait Patiently In Space for a Comet, Then Pounce On It

   30 Jun 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

The ESA has announced a new mission to explore a comet. The Comet Interceptor mission will have a spacecraft wait in space until a pristine comet approaches the inner Solar System. Then it will make a bee line for it, and do some ground-breaking science. The Comet Interceptor is unique among space missions. Its exact …
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The Latest Insanely Beautiful Image of Jupiter Captured by Juno

   29 Jun 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

There’s something about Jupiter that mesmerizes those who gaze at it. It’s intricate, dazzling clouds are a visual representation of the laws of nature that’s hard to turn away from. And even though the Juno spacecraft has been at Jupiter for almost three years now, and has delivered thousands of images of the gas giant’s …
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A Fast Radio Burst has Finally Been Traced Back to its Source: the Outskirts of a Galaxy 4 Billion Light-Years Away

   29 Jun 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

An Australian-led research effort has managed to pinpoint the location of the first non-repeating Fast Radio Burst, which could have immense implications for astronomy.
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French Scientists Claim to Have Created Metallic Hydrogen

   28 Jun 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

A team of French scientists recently claimed to have created metallic hydrogen in a laboratory, a claim which is triggering both enthusiasm and skepticism
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Eruption of the Raikoke Volcano, Seen From Space

   28 Jun 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

The Raikoke Volcano, dormant for a very long time, has awoken from its slumber. The volcanic island is in the Kuril Island chain, near the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. Unlike its more volcanically active neighbours, Raikoke has been dormant since 1924. Thanks to astronauts on the International Space Station, we have gorgeous photos of the …
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The Most Efficient Way to Explore the Entire Milky Way, Star by Star

   27 Jun 01:00:02  |  Universe Today

At this year's Global Trajectory Optimization Competition (GTOC), a team from the ESA presented a model for how humanity could settle the Milky Way galaxy.
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SpaceIL Scraps its Plans to go Back to the Moon. Instead, it?s Got a New Secret ?Significant Objective? for Beresheet 2

   27 Jun 01:00:02  |  Universe Today

Mystery. Secrecy. A Need-To-Know Basis. These are the hallmarks of science. Wait a minute: no they’re not. So what’s with all the mysterious secret objective talk from SpaceIL about Beresheet2? The Beresheet moon lander, you’ll recall, was a privately-funded spacecraft that was spawned by the Google Lunar XPRIZE. It was one of the finalists for …
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Curiosity Sniffs a Spike in Methane. Could it be a Sign of Life

   26 Jun 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

The Curiosity rover has detected another methane plume on Mars, once again raising the issue of whether or not there could be life somewhere beneath the surface.
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Third Falcon Heavy Launch Blasts 24 Payloads Into Orbit Including a Solar Sail. Doesn?t Quite Stick the Landing

   26 Jun 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

In what Elon Musk is calling their “most difficult” mission so far, SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy rocket for the third time. The launch took place at 2:30 am ET Tuesday from a launch pad at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission was called STP-2, and Universe Today sent a photographer to capture all …
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Uranus? Rings are Surprisingly Bright in Thermal Emissions

   25 Jun 01:00:01  |  Universe Today

New observations by ALMA and the VLT provide the most-detailed look yet at Uranus' system of rings, revealing things about their temperature and particle distribution
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