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Curiosity Brushes ‘Bonanza King’ Target Anticipating Fourth Red Planet Rock Drilling

by Ken Kremer August 19, 2014

Eagerly eyeing her next drill site on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover laid the groundwork by brushing the chosen rock target called ‘Bonanza King’ on Wednesday, Aug. 17, Sol 722, with the Dust Removal Tool (DRT) and collecting high resolution imagery with the Mast Camera (Mastcam) to confirm the success of the operation. By brushing aside […]

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Galaxy May Host ‘Death Spiral’ Of Two Black Holes Becoming One

by Elizabeth Howell December 4, 2013

Two black holes in the middle of a galaxy are gravitationally bound to each other and may be starting to merge, according to a new study. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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NASA Celebrates Return To Work, But Shutdown’s Shadow Could Linger

by Elizabeth Howell October 17, 2013

After 16 days off the job, most employees at NASA returned to work today (Oct. 17). The good news came after a late-night deal by U.S. politicians to reopen government activities until Jan. 15 and raise the debt limit — originally expected to expire today — until Feb. 7. Democrats and Republicans were battling over […]

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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Returns 1st Flyby images of Earth while Sailing On to Jupiter

by Ken Kremer October 11, 2013

Following the speed boosting slingshot of Earth on Wednesday, Oct. 9, that sent NASA’s Juno orbiter hurtling towards Jupiter, the probe has successfully transmitted back data and the very first flyby images despite unexpectedly going into ‘safe mode’ during the critical maneuver. “Juno is transmitting telemetry today,” spokesman Guy Webster, of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab […]

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Planck’s Cosmic Map Reveals Universe Older, Expanding More Slowly

by John Williams March 21, 2013

Like archaeologists sifting through the dust of ancient civilizations, scientists with the ESA Planck mission today showed a map of the oldest light in the Universe. The first cosmology results of the mission suggest our Universe is slightly older and expanding more slowly than previously thought. Planck’s new estimate for the age of the Universe […]

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