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A spatial tsunami hit Voyager 1

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The spatial tsunami occurs when our parent star emits coronal mass ejection, throwing out a large amount of magnetic plasma from its surface. The one recorded in February is the longest shockwave ever studied by Voyager and the effects are still being felt today. Source: nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov NASA’s Voyager 1, launched in 1977 and in interstellar space

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Mercury in the middle of a meteor shower

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  The measurements made by the Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer aboard NASA’s Messenger revealed seasonal peaks of calcium in the exosphere. The researchers believe it is due to a meteor shower, a constant siege for the first planet of the Solar System. Credit: NASA Mercury, the first planet of the solar system and

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We used to have a magnetic moon

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The point on the studies is related to the magnetic field of the Moon, at least up to about 3.3 billion years ago and now extinct. The researchers publish Benjamin Weiss (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Sonia Tikoo (University of California and Berkeley Geochronology Center) in the latest issue of the journal Science. Source: ESA/NASA

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COPERNICUS

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The European program for of earth observation satellite COPERNICUS, formerly known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security), is a complex program of earth observation satellite launched in 1998 by the European Commission and by a group of space agencies. The contribution of the “Old Continent”, in the broader GEOSS project, aims to develop

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MARCO POLO

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The research of small bodies in the Solar System The main Line Topics are Small Bodies of the Solar System. The mission is the responsibility of ESA-JAXA and the launch date is scheduled for 2017-2018. The joint ESA-JAXA Marco Polo aims to bring back to Earth samples taken from the surface of a Near Earth

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Line Topics Small Bodies of the Solar System

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NASA was responsible for the mission. The launch date was September 27, 2007. And the end of mission is due in July 2015. The Dawn mission was selected by NASA December 21, 2001 as part of the Discovery Program, with the aim to observe the asteroids Vesta and Ceres. After the launch in September 27,

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PAMELA (Payload for Antimatter Matter Exploration and Light-nuclei Astrophysics)

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Study cosmic rays to look for dark matter and antimatter The mission is the liability of Roscosmos, the launch date was on June 15, 2006 and the mission ended in December 2009. The space mission PAMELA, part of the RIM (Russian-English-Missions) is currently the most advanced observatory for the study of cosmic rays. The results

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Technological support for AMS (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer)

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The largest scientific payload expected for the ISS employs an important technological support: more than 200,000 readout channels, microprocessors 650, 450 for a total of 30 crates electronic cards for a consumption of 2.5 kW / p. Its dimensions are remarkable, more than three meters on each side for a total weight of 7.5 tons.

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AMS (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer)

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Particle physics goes in Space ASI and Italy are at the forefront in the implementation of an ambitious orbiting laboratory for particle physics. It is the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which aims to study cosmic rays in search of traces of antimatter and dark matter, and that sees Italy as the first contributor, with about

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