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Chandra unravels the origin of Kepler’s Supernova
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Chandra unravels the origin of Kepler’s Supernova

by AstroAggregatorApril 24, 2013

X-ray data from the Chandra observatory has shed new light on the origin of “Kepler’s Supernova”, first seen in 1604 by Johannes Kepler himself.

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Jeff Bezos recovers Apollo-era rocket engines from the ocean floor
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Jeff Bezos recovers Apollo-era rocket engines from the ocean floor

by AstroAggregatorApril 6, 2013

Multiple millionaire  Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the Blue Origin aerospace company, has successfully recovered some of the massive F-1 engines from Apollo era Saturn V rocket debris on the ocean floor.

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Planck reveals new detail in cosmic background radiation
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Planck reveals new detail in cosmic background radiation

by AstroAggregatorApril 6, 2013

The Planck mission has released a new sky map of the cosmic microwave background radiation – the after-echo of the Big Bang, revealing unprecedented detail.

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XCOR Aerospace successfully tests piston pump powered rocket
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XCOR Aerospace successfully tests piston pump powered rocket

by AstroAggregatorApril 6, 2013

Last week saw the successful test by XCOR Aerospace of their LYNX rocket engine with both propellant and oxidiser being supplied by positive displacement pumps – a claimed first in the industry.

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Curiosity Mission Update
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Curiosity Mission Update

by AstroAggregatorMarch 26, 2013

The last couple of days have seen a couple of new developments about everyone’s favourite SUV  sized science tank on Mars; here’s the amalgamated summary.

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Van Allen probes discover a third radiation belt around Earth
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Van Allen probes discover a third radiation belt around Earth

by AstroAggregatorMarch 8, 2013

Earlier this week, NASA’s Van Allen probes mission (formerly known as the Radiation Belt Storm Probes) made the announcement that a third radiation belt has been discovered around the Earth in addition to the two that were previously known.

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New model explains ribbon of energetic particles at the edge of the Solar System
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New model explains ribbon of energetic particles at the edge of the Solar System

by AstroAggregatorFebruary 21, 2013

In 2009 it was announced that a mysterious band of charged particles had been found at the edge of the solar system – and finally a convincing theory has been put forward to explain it.

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Astronomers want the public to help find star clusters in neighbouring galaxy
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Astronomers want the public to help find star clusters in neighbouring galaxy

by AstroAggregatorDecember 25, 2012

Earllier this month, astronomers at the University of Utah teamed up with Zooniverse to crowd source the exploration of the Andromeda galaxy, searching through the data to find new star clusters in our nearest neighbour.

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NASA to build new Rover by 2020
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NASA to build new Rover by 2020

by AstroAggregatorDecember 25, 2012

At the beginning of this month, NASA announced that it intends to return to Mars in 2020 with a new large robotic rover closely modelled on Curiousity.

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Van Allen mission sheds new light on Earth’s Radiation Belts
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Van Allen mission sheds new light on Earth’s Radiation Belts

by AstroAggregatorDecember 25, 2012

Launched only a short time ago, NASA’s mission to explore the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts has revealed a wealth of data about this recently-discovered phenomenon.

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