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Space tragedy: Five geckos in Russian sex study froze to death

Moscow - Five geckos sent into space on a Russian satellite as part of an experiment to evaluate their reproductive capacity under conditions of weightlessness have died, said Roscosmos, the Russian Space Agency.

First evidence of water discovered outside Solar System in clouds

The first evidence of water outside our Solar System has been found 7.3 light-years from Earth in ice clouds on a brown dwarf star.

Communication with Russian gecko sex satellite restored

Moscow - The Russian Federal Space Agency announced that it has restored contact with its Foton-M4 satellite, lost three days ago. The spacecraft carries a set of scientific tests including five geckos to study the effect of micro-gravity on their fertility.

Astronomers map weird brown dwarf where molten iron rains

Heidelberg - An international team of astronomers has produced the first ever map of the weather on the surface of the nearest astronomical oddity, known as a brown dwarf, to Earth.

Remarkable footage of Red Planet marks 10 years of Mars Express

Cologne - As the European Space Agency’s Mars Express orbiter approaches the tenth anniversary of arrival in orbit at the Red Planet, the ESA has assembled a fascinating topographical ‘fly-by’ of Mars.

ESA's ATVs named to tell space science history while stocking ISS

The European Space Agency announced its fifth Automated Transfer Vehicle has been named Georges Lemaître, after the Belgian scientist who provided the first observational estimation of the Hubble constant, which was later called the Big Bang theory.
 

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Astronomers say they’ve discovered water ice clouds on a “brown dwarf” just 7.3 light-years fr...
Astronomers say they’ve discovered water ice clouds on a “brown dwarf” just 7.3 light-years from Earth – the first candidate outside our own solar system to have direct evidence of water clouds. (Illustration courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)
NASA/JPL-Caltech
A cutaway model of the radiation belts with the 2 RBSP satellites flying through them. The radiation...
A cutaway model of the radiation belts with the 2 RBSP satellites flying through them. The radiation belts are two donut-shaped regions encircling Earth, where high-energy particles, mostly electrons and ions, are trapped by Earth’s magnetic field. The inner belt extends from about 1,000 to 8,000 miles above Earth’s equator. The outer belt extends from about 12,000 to 25,000 miles.
NASA
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet...
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus. It was taken by the Rosetta spacecraft's navigation camera on August 7, 2014. At the time, the spacecraft was 65 miles (104 kilometers) away from the 2.5 mile (4 kilometer) wide nucleus.
NASA/JPL-Caltech / Image by ESA/Rosetta/MPS

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