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The effects of Comet Siding Spring on the atmosphere of Mars

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The data collected from the missions Mars Express (ESA), MAVEN and MRO (NASA) have also allowed us to analyze the properties of the nucleus of Comet Siding Spring Three probes dedicated to the study of the Red Planet have recently had the opportunity to conduct observations very close to a comet that has made a

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BeppoSAX – The enigma of the Gamma-ray bursts

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One of the greatest successes of the recent scientific history Italian, BeppoSAX (Satellite per Astronomia X, “Beppo” as the nickname the Italian astronomer Giuseppe Goggles, one of the pioneers of the study of cosmic rays) was born of a collaboration between the Agency Italian Space agency (ASI) and the Netherlands Agency for aerospace programs (NIVR).

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The International Space Station

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The International Space Station (ISS) is the most important and ambitious program of global cooperation in science and technology so far and it can be considered as the greatest engineering accomplishment made by man. With the launch of the logistics module Leonardo, which occurred in March 2001, Italy became the third nation, after Russia and

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BEPICOLOMBO: Europe to the discovery of Mercury

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BepiColombo is the fifth mission Cornerstone program Horizon 2000+ SPC adopted by ESA in 2007 for the program of the Science Directorate. It is time to observe the planet Mercury and the surrounding environment. It is one of the most ambitious interplanetary exploration missions ever planned by ESA. Source: NASA/ESA The mission consists of two

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The measurement of cosmological distances: The Eye Of Sauron

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One of the most important problems in astronomy is the one concerning the measurement of cosmological distances. Today, however, researchers from the Niels Bohr showed that it is possible to obtain the distance to which is located a galaxy with great precision thanks to a method that is based on the observation of supermassive black

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The Venus Express mission

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The Venus Express mission has been selected by ESA across several proposals for reuse of buses and instrumentation already made for the missions Mars Express and Rosetta. The Launching Date of the mission was 9 novembre 2005 and the end of the mission is established for the end of 2016. The mission was subject to

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ExoMars, completed integration and testing of the instrument DREAMS

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The construction of the instrument is coordinated by ASI. DREAMS will measure meteorological parameters and the atmospheric electric field of Mars. Four possible landing sites are being considered for the ExoMars mission in 2018. Its rover will search for evidence of Martian life, past or present. The search for a suitable landing site for the

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The short coma of Rosetta

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A comet is an icy small Solar System body that, when passing close to the Sun, heats up and begins to outgas, displaying a visible atmosphere or coma, and sometimes also a tail. These phenomena are due to the effects of solar radiation and the solar wind upon the nucleus of the comet. Comet nuclei

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Mission accomplished: Philae lander

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Ten years after its launch, the Rosetta mission made history Wednesday (November 12, 2014) by landing on the surface of the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. From a distance in space of more than 500 million km, the Philae lander sent confirmation of its own successful touchdown on the surface of comet on Wednesday. As of Thursday morning,

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