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Celestial firework marks nearest galaxy impact

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An amazing galaxy collision has been detected lurking behind the Milky Way. The closest such system ever detected, the discovery was declared at 16 August 2015 by a team of astronomers directed by Prof. Albert Zijlstra at the University of Manchester and Prof. Quentin Parker at the University of Hong Kong. The researcher’s results were

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Vagabond supernovae flung into space by binary black-hole slingshots?

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Click on image to make it bigger Credit: Infographic created by Afrim Constantin COPYRIGHT 2015 © spacefan.org

Rosetta analyses Comet 67P at perihelion

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The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft observed Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko making its closest approach to the Sun on 6 August. The exact minute of perihelion occurred at 3:03 a.m. BST on 13 August when the comet came within 186 million kilometers (116 million miles) of the Sun. In 2014 since Rosetta arrived, the comet has travelled

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NASA awards grants for technologies that could transform space exploration

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NASA has carefully chosen eight university-led proposals to study innovative, early stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of America’s space program. The selected proposals for disruptive, unique or transformational space technologies will examine challenges in the areas of solar cell operations at high temperatures, atmospheric entry model development, and synthetic biology applications for space

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NASA TV Coverage Set for Japanese Cargo Craft Launch to Space Station

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JAXA will transmit a live launch report of the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.5 with the KOUNOTORI5 (HTV5) onboard from the Tanegashima Space Center and the docking of the HTV to the International Space Station through the Internet. The launch of a Japanese cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station will be broadcast live on NASA

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NASA Selects Proposals to Build Better Batteries for Space Exploration

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NASA’s Game Changing Development (GCD) program has named two suggestions for Phase II awards targeted toward developing new energy storage tools to substitute the battery systems formerly used by America’s space program. Addressing numerous high priority experiments, NASA is making important investments to achieve safe and affordable deep space traveling. The development of high-energy storage

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Oxymoronic Black Hole Provides Clues to Growth

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A Sloan Digital Sky Survey image of RGG 118, a galaxy containing the smallest supermassive black hole ever detected. The inset is a Chandra image showing hot gas around the black hole. Credits: NASA/CXC/Univ of Michigan/V.F.Baldassare, et al; Optical: SDSS Space scientists using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the 6.5-meter Clay Telescope in Chile have

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NASA Opens New CubeSat Opportunities for Low-Cost Space Exploration

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Space enthusiasts have a chance to contribute to NASA’s exploration goals within the next round of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. Applicants have to submit their proposals by e-mail not later than 4:30 p.m. EST, Nov. 24. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives access to space for CubeSats created by NASA centers, accredited learning institutions and

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NASA names new manager of International Space Station Program

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NASA’s springboard for discovery, deep space exploration and innovation has a new chief. The agency has named Kirk Shireman as the new director of its International Space Station (ISS) Program, based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where Shireman has worked as deputy center director since 2013. William Gerstenmaier, secondary administrator for NASA’s Human

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