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Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons

This artist’s-concept illustration depicts the spacecraft of NASA’s Psyche mission near the mission’s target, the metal asteroid Psyche. The artwork was created in May 2017 to show the five-panel solar arrays planned for the spacecraft. The spacecraft’s structure will include ...

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Fresh Findings From Cassini

Polar Lights at Saturn Bid Cassini Farewell On Sept. 14, 2017, one day before making its final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft used its Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph, or UVIS, instrument to capture this final view of ultraviolet auroral ...

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Caltech-Led Teams Strike Cosmic Gold

This image shows the detection of electromagnetic radiation from the GW170817 neutron star merger in ultraviolet, infrared, and radio. Observations were made using the Swift satellite (UV), Gemini South telescope (infrared), and the Very Large Array (radio). Credit: Robert Hurt ...

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A radio for dark matter

Artwork by Colleen Ehrhart   A radio for dark matter Instead of searching for dark matter particles, a new device will search for dark matter waves By Manuel Gnida Researchers are testing a prototype “radio” that could let them listen ...

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ALMA and Rosetta Detect Freon-40 in Space

ALMA and Rosetta Detect Freon-40 in Space Organohalogen methyl chloride (Freon-40) discovered by ALMA around the infant stars in IRAS 16293-2422. These same organic compounds were discovered in the thin atmosphere surrounding Comet 67P/C-G by the ROSINA instrument on ESA’s ...

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