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Another ROSETTA surprise!

Hi gang,

Space probes just keep on throwing up more and more surprises! This one is from ROSETTA, following comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The probe has found an abundance of molecular oxygen in the comet. This is strange because oxygen is highly reactive and should have quickly dissipated and certainly should not have been detected in such large quantities. To read the full science brief go here http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/First_detection_of_molecular_oxygen_at_a_comet

John
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Think New Horizons is finished?

Hi gang,

A few of the readers may be thinking that the New Horizons mission was a great success at Pluto but that is that. Guess again gang. The mission is far from over and indeed the science from Pluto is still pouring in. Take a look at the mission page here http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/four-months-after-pluto-flyby-nasa-s-new-horizons-yields-wealth-of-discovery to see what's happening. There is a great animation on this page that shows how Pluto's moons are tumbling about in their ...
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Looks like home!

Hi Gang,

Take a look at this image taken by the HiRISE camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. At first glance it could be mistaken for an image of some beach somewhere on Earth but it is actually an image of Ophir Chasma on Mars. Take a look for yourself and see what you think! http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/layers-and-fractures-in-ophir-chasma-mars

John
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What next!

Hi gang,

How do you get children interested in learning about comets? Simple make a nice animation about the life of a comet! To see what they came up with ( it is good fun to watch!!) go here http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2015/11/Once_upon_a_time_Living_with_a_comet

John.
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The Shape Of Things To Come!!

Hi gang,

Astronomers at the VLT in Chile have had a glimpse of the far future of the Solar System. For the very first time they have seen the shattered remains around a white dwarf, named SDSS J1228+1040, which most astronomers believe will be the fate of our Sun in some four and a half billion years. Take a look at the news release here http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1544/?lang

John.
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Enceladus looking good!

Hi Gang,

Take a look at this amazing image of Enceladus. This is taken by CASSINI (what else!!) as it approaches it's closest flyby of the Moon on it's way to get a direct sampling of the cryo-volcanic plumes. I can't wait for the science info from this flyby! Take a look at this image here http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/11/Sampling_the_ocean_on_Enceladus

John
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WOW again

Hi gang,

Here is another WOW image from good old Hubble. It shows the starburst galaxy M94 in exquisite detail. Just take a look for yourself here http://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/goddard/a-hubble-view-of-starburst-galaxy-messier-94

John
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Mars here we come!

Hi gang,

A landing site has finally been chosen for the EXOMARS mission due to launch in June of in 2018 and a landing in January 2019. The rover, a joint mission between the ESA and Russia, will be searching for the possibility of Martian life. Take a look at the science briefing here http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Landing_site_recommended_for_ExoMars_2018

John
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Mount Kilimanjaro

Hi Gang,

What has Africa's highest mountain have to do with space, nothing! I just thought that you might enjoy this image of it from space released by ESA. Just a nice image to look at, hope you agree. http://www.esa.int/spaceinimages/Images/2015/10/Kilimanjaro_imaged_by_Proba-V

John.
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Get ready to duck!!

Hi Gang,

Astronomers over at the Very Large Telescope or VLT have discovered an amazing binary star system. The two stars are so close together that they actually touch! This is going to lead to a couple of possible astronomical delights. Supernova or black hole are just two of the possibilities for this system out in the Tarantula Nebula. Take a look at the news release here http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1540/?lang

John
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