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Seeing black holes and beyond

The ALMA telescope array in Chile Photo: Geoff Crew Click for a full size image Planet-sized telescope Seeing black holes and beyond Through an international effort led by MIT Haystack Observatory, the ALMA array in Chile has joined a global ...

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NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools

A robotic claw, one of several innovative tools developed at JPL for exploring icy, ocean worlds like Europa. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Click for a full size image   NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools Want to go ice fishing on Jupiter’s ...

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Inventing Tools for Detecting Life Elsewhere

Artist’s rendering of the future Thirty Meter Telescope. Credit: Caltech/IPAC-TMT Click for a full size image   Inventing Tools for Detecting Life Elsewhere Caltech astronomers develop new strategy for future telescopes Recently, astronomers announced the discovery that a star called ...

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Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

The Context Camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been taking images of Mars since 2006. This animation shows, at one frame per month, how these observations have accumulated to cover more than 99 percent of Mars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS ...

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NuSTAR Probes Puzzling Galaxy Merger

Click for a full size image This optical image shows the Was 49 system, which consists of a large disk galaxy, Was 49a, merging with a much smaller “dwarf” galaxy Was 49b. The image was compiled using observations from the ...

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The Many Faces of Rosetta’s Comet 67P

Click for a full size image A 100 foot-wide (30 meter), 28-million-pound (12.8-million-kilogram) boulder, was found to have moved 460 feet (140 meters) on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the lead up to perihelion in August 2015, when the comet’s activity was ...

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