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Last look at Dione as NASA Saturn probe nears its grand finale

The Cassini-Huygens space probe has taken its last close up look at one of Saturn’s small moons Dione, but the vastness of the giant outer planet’s ring system has photo bombed it.

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Moon-Earth transit as seen from a million miles away

Stuck in traffic? Packed into a peak hour train?  Here’s a different view of your typical day from a million miles away, when suddenly the Moon comes into view.

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Virgin Galactic crash raises risk realities for space flyers

Virgin Galactic’s rocket rides have been about to happen for close to seven years, and the report of the US investigation into the destruction of the first of a fleet of five spacecraft intended to carry six passengers and two pilots to the edge of space tells us that there was a lethal design error [...]

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Design rather than pilot error blamed for Virgin Galactic crash

The probable cause of the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital joy flight craft last October lay with its design and not the pilot who prematurely unlocked a device intended to stabilise its re-entry from the edge of space according to the NTSB.

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Virgin Galactic rocket engine explosion precedes NTSB report

With only days to go before a crucial report into the inflight destruction of SpaceShipTwo is released Virgin Galactic is reported to have confirmed that its newest and most powerful liquid fueled engine recently blew up on a test stand.

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On far Pluto, vast nitrogen glaciers flow

Pluto’s great white heart is alive and pumping, bleeding vast glacial flows of nitrogen ice outwards to fill and bury the surrounding ancient craters of the dwarf planet on the edge of the central solar system.

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NASA finds Earth like planet, but it’s probably dying

The discovery by the Kepler Space Telescope of an Earth like planet was inevitable, but finding one near its death is cruel.

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Two micro-planets and a comet continue to surprise scientists

Pluto hasn’t been the only source of startling new discoveries in space this week, but it has delivered the the biggest surprises.

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Pluto’s ice peaks and Charon’s deep chasms snap into focus

It only takes a few sharp images from worlds previously unseen in any detail to rewrite once confidently held assertions by planetary scientists about what lies in deep space, and that has just happened at the New Horizons mission briefing in Washington DC.

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NASA shows off curtain raiser image as Pluto fly-by makes closest pass

The New Horizons space probe that took 10 years to built and nine and half years from launching to make its fly past of Pluto tonight has been given a curtain raiser image by NASA showing a stunning wide view image of the ‘encounter side’ of the dwarf planet.

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Pale moon Charon reveals itself to Pluto probe

As NASA probe New Horizons races to toward its closest fly past point above the surface of Pluto (Tuesday night Australian time), the dwarf planet’s disproportionately large moon Charon has swung into view as a pale, faintly blueish orb with hints of rift chasms in one area and a smooth looking northern polar plain.

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Pluto begins showing first and last glimpses of parts of its geology

There must be some bitter sweet moments for NASA scientists who have waited nine years for the New Horizons probe to get close enough to start revealing the geological features of dwarf planet Pluto.

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Ceres the micro planet gets stranger as probe closes in

That pyramid shaped protrusion from the side of micro planet Ceres has now been seen from another closer angle, and … it is as strange and unexplained as ever.

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Gizmodo reminds us of faded glory of Soviet space program

This is an unsolicited plug for Gizmodo and its superb contributions to tech journalism across just about everything from see-through trucks (for safe passing) to space programs.

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Lunatic alert, NASA spots giant pyramid like form on Ceres

The NASA space probe Dawn has imaged a gigantic pyramid like feature rising perhaps as much as 4-8 kilometres above the surface of minor planet Ceres.  And no, it’s not an alien civilisation, but a lunatic magnet.

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Hold the phone, comet lander Philae may have been spotted

By coincidence, Philae the missing comet lander, may have been located, just as its first messages in seven months have been heard at mission control at the European Space Agency.

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Comet lander phones home, but from where exactly?

Somewhere in a shady corner of this chaotic landscape on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko,  the tiny lander  Philae, has received enough sunlight to send signals to earth, breaking seven months of silence.

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Airbus says ‘bring back rocket engines, not whole boosters’

In what could transform the commercial space launch business, Airbus is developing a system for recovering and reusing first stage rocket engines rather than the whole assembly.

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