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ALMA antennas under the Milky Way

Four antennas of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) gaze up at the star-filled night sky, in anticipation of the work that lies ahead. The Moon lights the scene on the right, while the band of the Milky Way stretches across the upper left.
ALMA is being constructed at an altitude of 5000 m on the Chajnantor [...]

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Vesole! (.gif animation)

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Russia opens talks with NASA and ESA with plans for manned lunar base

On January 19, 2012, Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency began talking to the United States and Europe about the stuff dreams are made of… a manned research base on the Moon.
The agency’s chief, Vladimir Popovkin, led off the discussion with officials from NASA and the European Space Agency for a permanent facility. “We don’t want [...]

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Surface of Pluto May Contain Organic Molecules

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted new evidence of complex organic molecules — the carbon-containing building blocks of life as we know it — on the frigid surface of Pluto, a new study finds.
Hubble observations revealed that some substances on Pluto’s surface are absorbing more ultraviolet light than expected. The compounds in question may well [...]

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A message for extraterrestrial life.

The Pioneer plaques are a pair of gold-anodized aluminium plaques which were placed on board the 1972 Pioneer 10 and 1973 Pioneer 11 spacecraft, featuring a pictorial message, in case either Pioneer 10 or 11 are intercepted by extraterrestrial life. The plaques show the nude figures of a human male and female along with several [...]

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Voyager 1

The Voyager 1 spacecraft is a 722-kilogram (1,592 lb) space probe launched by NASA in 1977, to study the outer Solar System and eventually interstellar space. Operating for 34 years, 2 months and 20 days as of today (25 November 2011), the spacecraft receives routine commands and transmits data back to the Deep Space Network. [...]

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