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MESSENGER will live

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The team’s engineers have decided to make use of the gas pressurization in the propulsion system of the spacecraft to allow the MESSENGER spacecraft to extend by one month its study on the closest planet to our star. MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) is a NASA-sponsored scientific investigation of the planet Mercury

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Thanks, Venus Express!

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After eight years of honorable service, the European Space Agency probe concludes its research around Venus. Giuseppe Piccioni (INAF), “the many and important scientific results obtained on an understanding of the “twin” planet of the Earth are now part of the history of science and space exploration. The Venus Express mission is now internationally regarded

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A super-Earth

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A new super-Earth found by an international team of astronomers from United States, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada and Portugal, directed by Andrew Vanderburg from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and characterized thanks to HARPS-N. A new super-Earth was found by an international team of astronomers, the United States, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain, Canada and Portugal,

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Shortly magnetism in stellar odd couple

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Thanks to the observations of NASA’s satellite NuSTAR it was possible to derive the intensity of the magnetic field of the neutron star that with his partner consists of a Supergiant Fast X-ray Transient source type. Information is vital to understanding the mechanisms that produce the different behavior observed in these unpredictable high energy sources.

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The missions of Curiosity

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The NASA’s rover continues its journey inside crater Gale. Since August of 2012, it took over 154,000 images and relentlessly analyzed rock samples for signs of microbial life. NASA’s rover, Curiosity landed on Mars August 5, 2012. Mount Sharp is one of the most important mountains in the center of Gale Crater on Mars and

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WR-104- A potential deadly star

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Star Wolf-Rayet (WR) is a highly unstable star that is nearing the end of his life, possibly culminating in a powerful gamma-ray burst (GRB) to assassinate planets. GRBs are collimated beams of high-energy gamma rays projecting from the poles of a Wolf-Rayet star as it collapses. It was not to wonder if we were worried

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Fast evolution of a galaxy – Venus

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SKA will go on the hunt for alien life

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The network of world’s largest radio telescopes might be able to find even weaker signals than those that the man is able to detect now. When we think of alien life on other planets all we expect is greenish men descending from a spaceship with strange threatening laser guns. In fact, the researchers involved in

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Polar auroras

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The wind of charged particles blowing from the Sun to Earth carrying a powerful magnetic field is able to cross the Earth’s magnetosphere: the comparison between the data of the ESA mission Cluster and NASA images finally gave an explanation of the luminescence spectacular Theta Aurora polar. Seen in satellite images, it seems to clearly

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