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Amateur astronomer helps uncover secrets of unique pulsar binary system
A professional astrophysicist and an amateur astronomer have teamed up to reveal surprising details about an unusual millisecond pulsar (MSP) binary system comprising one of the fastest-spinning pulsars in our Galaxy and its unique companion star.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

Will Earth still exist 5 billion years from now?
What will happen to Earth when, in a few billion years' time, the sun is a hundred times bigger than it is today? Using the most powerful radio telescope in the world, an international team of astronomers has set out to look for answers in the star L2 Puppis. Five billion years ago, this star was very similar to the sun as it is today.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

Cassini beams back first images from new orbit
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn's atmosphere since beginning the latest phase of its mission. The new images show scenes from high above Saturn's northern hemisphere, including the planet's intriguing hexagon-shaped jet stream.
Space & Time News -- ScienceDaily, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

Watch Live Now! Japanese Freighter Launching To Space Station @ 8:26 am ET
Japan's robotic H-II Transfer Vehicle-6 is scheduled to launch Friday (Dec. 9) at 8:26 a.m. EST (1326 GMT) from Tanegashima Space Center. You can watch the liftoff live here at, courtesy of NASA TV, beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST (1300 GMT)., Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

Trump Adviser Sees Pence Playing a Major Role in Space Policy
The space policy adviser during the campaign of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Dec. 7 that he foresees Vice President-elect Mike Pence being involved in shaping the space policy of the next administration., Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

Search for Alien Life Needs Human Mars Missions, NASA Chief Scientist Says
Ellen Stofan, current NASA chief scientist, said sending humans to Mars would be a powerful step in the search for life beyond Earth., Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

Scientists sweep stodgy stature from Saturn's C ring
As a cosmic dust magnet, Saturn's C ring gives away its youth. Once thought formed in an older, primordial era, the ring may be but a mere babe – less than 100 million years old, according to Cornell-led astronomers in a study to be published Jan. 1, 2017 in the journal Icarus.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

SOFIA sees super-heated gas streams churning up possible storm of new stars
Scientists on board NASA's flying telescope, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, or SOFIA, caught sight of roiling material streaming from a newly formed star, which could spark the birth of a new generation of stars in the surrounding gas clouds.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

Japan launching 'space junk' collector
Japan will launch a cargo ship Friday bound for the International Space Station, carrying a 'space junk' collector that was made with the help of a fishnet company.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

Teaching an old satellite new tricks
XMM-Newton is one of Europe's longest-flying and most productive orbiting observatories, investigating the hot X-ray Universe. Thanks to teamwork and technical innovation, it's on track to keep flying for a long time yet.
Space News - Space, Astronomy, Space Exploration, Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:02:10 GMT

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