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ESA's next scientific mission focuses on the nature of exoplanets

In this artist image of an exoplanet system, a hot planet appears in front of its parent star. Credit: ESA / ATG medialab, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO The nature of planets orbiting stars in other systems is at the center of ESA's fourth scientific mission to be launched in mid-2028. Ariel, the Remote Sensing Remote Sensing Remote Sensing Mission, has …

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"Oumuamua came from a binary star system, researchers say

There is a new update on the Journey to Earth's Galactic Neighborhood, which has made a foreign asteroid in October 2017. According to a new report, the interstellar visitor "Oumuamua", a mammoth, cigar-shaped stone, may have encountered us Solar system from the gravitational slingshot of a binary star system Oumuamua was the first interstellar asteroid to puzzle astronomers. The matter …

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The spacecraft that doubles as a weapon

A British company has announced it will launch two new "space tractors" that will be attached to old communication satellites, giving them life-prolonging thrust. But the Space Drone tugs, built by Effective Space, are capable of much more. They could help clean up space junk, endangering satellites and space stations. And under the right circumstances, they – and spaceships like …

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Wandering rogue moons can be as common as stars

An Exomoon orbiting a gas giant planet in the mind of this artist. What happens to exo moons when their planets interact? (NASA / JPL-Caltech) Mongols torn from their planets and thrown outward to drive in space could be as common as stars in the universe, a new study finds. Moons are common in the solar system, at least Jupiter …

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Soyuz MS-08 Trio Set for 2-day flight to the ISS

Derek Richardson 20. March 2018 The Soyuz MS-08 crew poses for a picture. NASA's Ricky Arnold, on the left, the Oleg Artemyev Center in Russia and Drew Feustel of NASA launch on March 21, 2018, to the International Space Station. Photo Credit: Joel Kowsky / NASA Three more people are being hired is leaving Earth to live aboard the International …

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Evidence that a star disturbed comets of the prehistory of the solar system

At a time when modern humans began to leave Africa and the Neanderthals lived on our planet, Scholz's star approached less than a light-year. Credit: José A. Peñas / SINC About 70,000 years ago, during the human occupation of the planet, a small, reddish star approached our solar system and gravitational comets and asteroids. Astronomers from the Complutense University of …

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Exoplanets of TRAPPIST-1 can have too much water for life

This site can earn affiliate commissions through the links on this page. Terms of Use The TRAPPIST-1 system initially seems to be a good place to look for extraterrestrial life: it has seven rocky planets, about the same size as the Earth, and some of them are in the "habitable zone" of the star, in which liquid water could exist …

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An asteroid could hit us in 2135, but NASA has a plan

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. | The Washington Post Here is a tip for the planners among us: If you have dinner reservations or theater tickets for September 22, 2135 (it's a Thursday), now might be a good time to drive them out. At some point the day before, scientists say, there is little chance that an Empire-sized asteroid would …

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