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Habitable Planets: Rack ‘em and Stack ‘em Worlds

So close, yet so far…Gliese 832 c is the nearest best habitable world candidate to date. An international team of astronomers, led by Robert Wittenmyer from the University of New South Wales, Australia, have reported the discovery of a new potentially habitable Super-Earth around the nearby red-dwarf star Gliese 832 – a mere hop, skip [...]

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Titan – Odiferous Outer Moon of Saturn

How hard to get a tantalizing whiff of Titan? Data from the NASA Cassini spacecraft’s Composite Infrared Spectrometer has been used to simulate Titan’s chemistry. A research team has been able to classify a previously unidentified material discovered by the Cassini spacecraft in the moon’s smoggy haze. Titan’s dirty orange color comes from a mixture of [...]

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Volunteers Wanted! Sunspot Research

Yes, the Sun has its spots! And now you can take part in research that can help with some of solar physics’ unanswered questions, such as: Are sunspots born complex or do they evolve to become complex? Do sunspot groups that are more complex produce more eruptions? There’s a new Zooniverse project now online called [...]

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Earth Day: Asteroid Impacts on our Home Planet

Prominent astronauts are taking part in a B612 Foundation event today at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash. They are spotlighting data showing the surprising frequency at which the Earth is hit by asteroids. The findings are based on newly released information from the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, which operates a network of [...]

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First U.S. Asteroid Sample Mission Moves Forward

NASA’s Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) is taking shape. This return sample mission to asteroid Bennu is to launch in the fall of 2016. The spacecraft will then rendezvous with the space rock in 2018. Following a year of reconnaissance of the object, OSIRIS-REx will snag a sample of the asteroid [...]

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