Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission Marks Ten Years of Discovery

Swift Gamma-Ray Burst Mission Marks Ten Years of Discovery

On Nov. 20, 2004, NASA's Swift spacecraft lifted off aboard a Boeing Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., beginning its mission to study gamma-ray bursts and identify their origins.

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Satellite View of the U.S. Wrapped in a Frozen Blanket

Satellite View of the U.S. Wrapped in a Frozen Blanket

As icy cold Canadian air settled over the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. bringing snow and bitter cold, NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this infrared view of what looks like a frozen blanket over the region.

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Three Touchdowns for Rosetta's Lander

Three Touchdowns for Rosetta's Lander

After achieving touchdown on a comet for the first time in history, scientists and engineers are busy analysing this new world and the nature of the landing.

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Philae Image of its Cometary Landing Site

Philae Image of its Cometary Landing Site

Rosetta's lander Philae is safely on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, as these first two CIVA images confirm.

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Chang'e 5 View of Earth and the Moon

Chang'e 5 View of Earth and the Moon

"At 16 o'clock on November 9, the service module carrying the camera in 540,000 km from Earth, at a distance of 920,000 kilometers moon shot clear of the Earth-Moon photo images." 11月9日16时,服务舱携带的相机在距离地球54万公里、距离月球92万公里处拍摄了清晰的地月合影图像。

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MUSE Reveals True Story Behind Galactic Crash

MUSE Reveals True Story Behind Galactic Crash

The new MUSE instrument on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has provided researchers with the best view yet of a spectacular cosmic crash.

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Hubble View of Bubbly Nebula

Hubble View of Bubbly Nebula

This image from Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 showcases NGC 1501, a complex planetary nebula located in the large but faint constellation of Camelopardalis (The Giraffe).

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Jets, Bubbles, and Bursts of Light in Taurus

Jets, Bubbles, and Bursts of Light in Taurus

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a striking view of a multiple star system called XZ Tauri, its neighbor HL Tauri, and several nearby young stellar objects.

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ATV Georges Lemaitre Moves Space Station to Avoid Space Debris

ATV Georges Lemaitre Moves Space Station to Avoid Space Debris

The International Space Station was threatened by space debris last week but ESA's Automated Transfer Vehicle saved the day by firing its thrusters to push the orbital outpost and its six occupants out of harm's way.

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VLTI Detects Exozodiacal Light

VLTI Detects Exozodiacal Light

Using the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) in near-infrared light, the team of astronomers observed 92 nearby stars to probe exozodiacal light from hot dust close to their habitable zones and combined the new data with earlier observations.

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