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Surprise Discovery: Rings Around an Asteroid!

Artist’s conception of the asteroid Chariklo with its ring system. Image Credit: ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org)

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New Mission Concepts for SLS With Use of Large Upper Stage

Boeing recently released a proposal for a new upper stage for the SLS Block I configuration that would enable the launch of even heavier payloads to deep-space destinations. Image Credit: NASA

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That Friday Feelin': New Horizons to Pass Key Distance Milestone Today on Journey to Pluto

With 5 Astronomical Units of distance and just 90 weeks to go, New Horizons is primed and ready for its July 2015 rendezvous with Pluto. Image Credit: NASA

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A Bum Deal: ‘Boring’ Uranus Turns ‘Interesting’

Viewed from 600,000 miles beyond the planet on 25 January 1986 – a day after closest approach – this Voyager 2 image reveals Uranus as a mere sliver of a crescent. This was the last occasion on which human eyes would glimpse the strange, topsy-turvy world in close-up. Our next robotic visitor to the [...]

Voyagers Press On Towards the Edge

The Voyagers have each passed their 35th birthdays and – despite having had several scientific instruments shut down, due to power limitations, in recent years – they both continue to enhance our understanding of the outer reaches of the Sun’s realm. Image Credit: NASA

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