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    NASA’s 41-Year-Old Voyager 2 Probe May Be Nearing Interstellar Space

    NASA’s Voyager 2 probe that was launched in 1977 has detected an increase in cosmic rays that originate outside our solar system, indicating that it is near the interstellar space. Once Voyager 2 exits the outermost layer of the heliosphere – the vast bubble around the Sun and the planets dominated by solar material and magnetic fields […]

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    ESA’s Gaia Spots Stars Flying Between Galaxies

    A team of astronomers using European Space Agency’s (ESA) Gaia telescope to look for signs of distant stars being kicked out of the Milky Way galaxy instead found stars heading inwards perhaps from another galaxy. The discovery, led by a team from the Leiden University in the Netherlands, found 20 stars going so fast they expect them […]

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    Scientists Think They’ve Found the First Moon Outside Our Solar System

    In flickering light of a distant sun, scientists may have discovered the first moon outside our solar system. Writing in the journal Science Advances, two Columbia University astronomers using the Kepler and Hubble space telescopes say they’ve found signs of a large gassy “exomoon” orbiting an even larger exoplanet around a star 8,000 light-years away. […]

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    NASA Sees Its Stalled Mars Rover Opportunity, but Still No Signals

    NASA scientists can now see their solar-powered probe that was lost in a Martian dust storm more than 100 days ago — but the vintage robot hasn’t shown any signs of life. Thanks to a high-resolution camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA said Tuesday it can see the Opportunity rover in Perseverance Valley, on the edge of […]

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    Japan Space Probe Launches New Robot Onto Asteroid

    A Japanese probe launched a new observation robot towards an asteroid on Wednesday as it pursues a mission to shed light on the origins of the solar system. The Hayabusa2 probe launched the French-German Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout, or MASCOT, towards the Ryugu asteroid’s surface, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. “We can confirm that the MASCOT separated […]

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    NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Marks 4 Years in Mars Orbit With a Selfie

    NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft released a selfie image of the spacecraft at Mars, celebrating its four years in orbit studying the upper atmosphere of the Red Planet. MAVEN’S selfie image looks at ultraviolet wavelengths of sunlight reflected off of components of the spacecraft. The image was obtained with the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) instrument that normally looks at […]

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    Japan Lands 2 Robot Rovers on Asteroid Surface

    The Japanese space agency said that it has made history by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid. “The two rovers are in good condition and are transmitting images and data,” the agency, JAXA, said on Saturday after the rovers separated from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft and landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The rovers are […]

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    ESA’s Gaia Detects Unexpected Disruption in Milky Way

    The Milky Way galaxy is still enduring the effects of a near collision that likely took place sometime in the past 300-900 million years and set millions of stars moving like ripples in a pond, the European Space Agency (ESA) has said. An analysis of the motions of six million stars in the Milky Way […]