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New Insights into Titan’s Complex Chemistry

Titan: Complex ‘Anti-greenhouse’ This natural color image shows Titan’s upper atmosphere — an active place where methane molecules are being broken apart by solar ultraviolet light and the byproducts combine to form compounds like ethane and acetylene. The haze preferentially ...

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A Tale of Three Stellar Cities

The Orion Nebula and cluster from the VLT Survey Telescope OmegaCAM — the wide-field optical camera on ESO’s VLT Survey Telescope (VST) — has captured the spectacular Orion Nebula and its associated cluster of young stars in great detail, producing ...

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Galactic David and Goliath

NGC 1512 and NGC 1510 This composite image, created out of two different pointings from Hubble, shows the barred spiral galaxy NGC 1512 (left) and the dwarf galaxy NGC 1510 (right). Both galaxies are about 30 million light-years away from ...

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A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder

An artist’s concept of the European Space Agency’s LISA Pathfinder spacecraft, designed to pave the way for a mission detecting gravitational waves. NASA/JPL developed a thruster system on board.   A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder With the push of ...

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