Space


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Over the next few years, we’ll finally be heading back to the Moon. But with nearly 50 years in between our last Moon jaunt and this one, a lot has changed. With private companies becoming a huge part of space programs and the rise of many international space agencies, space is getting rather crowded, so some new rules
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A team of US and South African researchers has published highly detailed images of the largest X-shaped “radio galaxy” ever discovered – PKS 2014-55. Notably, they’ve helped resolve ongoing confusion about the galaxy’s unusual shape.   The spectacular new images were taken using the 64-antenna MeerKAT telescope in South Africa, by an international research team
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An international team of astronomers has managed to capture some extraordinarily rare images of planet-forming disks around stars, hundreds of light-years away. While we’ve seen images of “protoplanetary disks” before, we’ve never seen them captured in such detail.   “In [earlier] pictures, the regions close to the star, where rocky planets form, are covered by
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is getting ready for its big moment. OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer) is at asteroid Bennu, preparing to collect a sample of ancient rock. And collecting that sample means taking step after meticulous step.   OSIRIS-REx performed a series of rehearsal maneuvers in recent weeks. Each of these