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Water on Mars – not surprising

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Hundred days to dig, sweep, sniff and scrutinize a small handkerchief of Martian soil.  This was the beginning of the Mission of Curiosity, the NASA rover, soon after his arrival on the red planet in August 2012.  Source: www.marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov – Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech The results of those hundred days served in part to ensure the proper functioning of

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The probe Voyager 1 travels far away in the universe

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After many false alarms and postponements, finally the awaited moment has arrived.  The NASA spacecraft Voyager 1 is officially the first human to enter interstellar space.  The probe, which has switched off the 36th candle, is approximately 19 billion kilometers from the Sun.  Source: www.jpl.nasa.gov The new data just published by Science reveal that Voyager 1

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Searching and researching the sky

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Exoplanet hunters are not ever satisfied.  At the University of Arizona, they are developing a new type of search that could greatly improve the localization of terrestrial planets with advantageous conditions to biological life, like water in a liquid state.   This artist’s conception shows NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, mapping the whole

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The existence of a third star in the Fomalhaut system

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It is the 18th brightest star in our night sky and one of the few stars possess an extended circumstellar disk of gas and dust. Of course, it is the main star in the constellation Piscis Austrinus and it is out of the ground about 25 light years.  Let’s talk about Fomalhaut, at the center

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There was once a habitable planet…

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Could be that good, but we’ve already played.  The planet or planets, which clearly orbited around the star GD 61, had probably all the characteristics we look for in a planet that is suitable to host life: Rocky surface and abundant presence of water. The area of the solar system (or any planetary system) where

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Our bubble in the universe

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One of the most shocking results of the past few years certainly refers to the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe.  It has also been given the Nobel Prize for this achievement, accomplished through the observations of types of supernovae in galaxies far enough (beyond our local group). Source: www.nasa.gov To explain this evidence

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The power of GAIA

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In an attempt to answer one of the fundamental questions of mankind “Are we alone in the universe?” The planets and stars nearest to us, within a hundred light years from the Sun, are the most obvious and immediate sample to be analyzed.  The interdisciplinary field of extrasolar planets with increasingly rapid expansion has recently

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Juno travels to Jupiter after a fly-by very “safe”

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In the close passage of the Juno probe, everything went well; resulted with some unexpected thrill.  Wednesday, 9 October the mission NASA has performed his gravity assist approached land up to a distance of just 559 miles from us before returning to the route to Jupiter, which will reach in 2016.   From the point of

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Our planet would be doomed if it were not for the Moon

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What if the moon were at 420 kilometers away from Terra? As it would seem? And what would happen to our planet? It’s a condition almost impossible, because our natural satellite tends to move away and not to approach, but there are those who, on the web, tried to imagine how the Moon would be

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