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Bit by bit, NASA’s New Horizons probe is bringing into sharper focus the most distant space object ever explored by a spacecraft. Known as Arrokoth, this ancient, icy body sits far beyond Pluto in a ring of frigid objects that form the Kuiper Belt. Scientists have now got their hands on the latest observations of this faraway world, which significantly advances our understanding of how planetary
NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu has already brought about a series of landmark moments for space exploration, not least of which is the fact that the rock currently stands as the smallest object ever orbited by a spacecraft. Not content with that, mission control has moved the probe into tighter and tighter loops around the asteroid, now setting a new record for the closest
If you're going to spend millions of dollars on a spacecraft, you might as well try to cram in as much as possible. With that in mind, ESA has now detailed the side mission it's planning for the asteroid-visiting spacecraft Hera. After the main work is complete, the probe will test out some new autonomous navigation systems, which should help future spacecraft get around without relying on
Scientists have discovered what they believe to be the super-dense, metallic remains of a decimated planet surviving closer to the core of a dying star than had previously been thought possible. The discovery offers a tantalizing glimpse into what may become of our home solar system in the distant future, when our Sun transforms into a white dwarf in five to six billion years... Continue R
The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a beautiful image of the planetary nebula ESO 577-24. The ionized mass of gas and dust is only expected to be visible for another 10,000 years – no time at all from a cosmic perspective – before fading from view... Continue Reading Astronomers capture stunning planetary nebula with dying star at its heart Category


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