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“I’m an astronaut, not a celebrity’

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A few days after the returning of the Italian astronaut of ESA, she answers questions from reporters gathered at the Italian headquarters of ASI, and she claims to be first of all an astronaut at the service of research and science. The first thing she made after the returning? A shower and then a nice

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Marco will fly to Mars

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Small satellites will complete the mission Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport of NASA, which will depart from the Earth at a time of the Martian surface in September 2016. This is the first US lander that will investigate the properties of the subsurface of the fourth planet of the Solar System.

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Philae talks

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Two days ago, Saturday, June 13, 14:28 US time, the robot sent last November by the comet 67P probe Rosetta has re-established contact with the probe mother. The first communication lasted just 85 seconds, and now scientists are waiting for the next connection. Bignami: “A great satisfaction for science, for Europe and especially for Italy”

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Pluto en-detail!

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Pluto’s surface is gradually revealing the eyes of New Horizons. A series of new images obtained with the instrument-telescopic (LORRI) between late May and early June has been processed with the proven model of “deconvolution” that exploits the accurate superimposition of four sequential shots to get a higher detail. They show good part of a

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Helium clouds

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It’s called GJ 436b, and is located 33 light-years away. According to the observations of the Spitzer Space Telescope, its atmosphere, private progressively hydrogen, now it seems to be dominated by the lightest of the noble gases. This is one characteristic shared by thousands of extrasolar planets. Living creatures is unlikely that the common people,

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Curious auroras on Uranus

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Dark jets of dust on the 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko

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Thanks to high-resolution images of the imaging instrument of OSIRIS, jets of dark dust on the surface of 67P could be observed with unprecedented detail, a clear sign of increased activity in the nucleus of the comet. When night falls on the comet Rosetta, the 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko, its body strangely shaped remains very active.

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Satellite SMILE – space weather program

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A satellite to study space weather, in particular the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetosphere: this is SMILE, a joint scientific space mission between Europe and China to be launched in 2021, now in feasibility assessment. If all goes well, Europe and China together will study solar storms. The selection process for

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A look inside Mars

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Studying in detail the internal structure of Mars? Yet little more than a year, then we think the InSight lander NASA. And to help him may be meteorites crashing onto the surface of the Red Planet. InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place

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