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UK scientists seal deal on European Extremely Large Telescope’s first-light spectrograph

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Perched on top of Cerro Armazones in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, the E-ELT will have a giant main mirror 39 metres in diameter. It is one of the biggest global science collaborations in history and includes an £88 million investment by the UK government. UK industry has already won over £10 million worth

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NASA TV to Broadcast Cargo Ship Departure from Space Station

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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) H-II Transport Vehicle-5 (HTV-5) launched from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan on a Japanese H-IIB rocket Aug. 19, 2015 and arrived at the International Space Station on Aug. 24, where it docked to the station’s Harmony module. Five weeks after delivering approximately five tons of supplies and

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NASA’s ‘Space to Ground’ to be Released in Spanish During National Hispanic Heritage Month

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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, NASA is releasing four Spanish-language episodes of its weekly web series “Space to Ground.” Titled “Espacio a Tierra,” the Spanish-language videos will provide a weekly look at the events taking place aboard the International Space Station. Each will be available in high definition on Mondays beginning today and

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Mysterious energy bursts provide new way to chart the cosmos in 3-D

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‘Hot Jupiter’ exoplanets may have formed very rapidly

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An artist’s impression of a gas giant planet in formation within the protoplanetary disc of a young star. Twenty years after they were first discovered, ‘hot Jupiters’, gas giant planets that orbit very close to their star, are still enigmatic objects. Using the spectropolarimeter ESPaDOnS on the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, an international team of astrophysicists led

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NASA Seeks Big Ideas from Students for Inflatable Heat Shield Technology

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Artist’s rendering of a hypersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator technology concept. NASA is giving university and college students an opportunity to be part of the agency’s journey to Mars with the Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge. NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD), managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, and the

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News Conference Features Next Space Station Crew, Interview Opportunities

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NASA will host a news conference for the next crew launching to the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. NASA Television will broadcast the news conference live at 2 p.m. EDT, preceded by video of crew training at 1:30 p.m. Joining

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NASA Completes Key Milestone for Orion Spacecraft in Support of Journey to Mars

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NASA’s mission to send astronauts to deep space destinations where no other human has traveled has taken another important step forward with the completion of a critical milestone for the Orion spacecraft currently in production. Agency officials have completed a rigorous technical and programmatic review, confirming continued support of the program and establishing NASA’s commitment

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Cassini finds global ocean under icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus

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A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn’s geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA’s Cassini mission. Researchers found the magnitude of the moon’s very slight wobble, as it orbits Saturn, can only be accounted for if its outer ice shell is not frozen solid to its interior,

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