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Western Australia’s homegrown spacecraft, Binar-1, has made first contact with ground control at Curtin University, after it was launched into low orbit from the International Space Station two weeks ago.

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Australia’s national science agency CSIRO has been selected to provide maintenance and operational support for the European Space Agency’s deep space tracking station at New Norcia in Western Australia.

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A satellite jointly developed by UNSW Canberra Space and Defence Science and Technology has been operating on-orbit successfully for more than nine months and conducting experiments to pave the way for small spacecraft development in Australia.

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Friday, 12 February 2010 03:28

NASA launches Solar Dynamics Observatory

NASA's newest probe to study the Sun was launched on Thursday, February 11, 2010, after the winds subsided and the weather cleared over the Florida launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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The NASA website "What Do You Think?" features numerous accomplishments made by the U.S. space agency NASA in 2009 in order to help all peoples of Earth to learn more about our world and the worlds of our Solar System and the Universe. What do you think is the top accomplishment?

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Two NASA Voyager spacecraft are flying near the edge of the solar system. According to U.S./Russian scientists, the spacecraft have discovered that the 'solar system is passing through an interstellar cloud that physics says should not exist.'

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Thursday, 26 November 2009 19:46

STEREO spacecraft finds gigantic tsunami on Sun

The U.S. space agency NASA has confirmed that its STEREO spacecraft has recorded "monster waves on the sun known as 'solar tsunamis'." These monster waves were thought not to exist on the Sun, but NASA says they are real.

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Saturday, 17 October 2009 20:34

Moon plume occurred: Only 1 mile high

At first, spectators and NASA scientists were disappointed that a debris plume was not visible as the LCROSS spacecraft imaged its Centaur rocket impacting the Cabeus crater on the Moon. However, now, enhanced crash images show a 1-mile high plume did occur—much shorter than the 12-mile plume predicted.

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THE NASA spacecraft IBEX is making a map of the edge of the heliosphere, the magnetic boundary formed by the solar wind and interstellar matter at the edge of the solar system. Unexpectedly, IBEX imaged a "bright, winding ribbon of unknown origin" that goes about 80% away around the solar system.

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Wednesday, 07 October 2009 20:54

Watch as the Moon gets a one-two punch

On Friday, October 9, 2009, the LCROSS spacecraft and its booster rocket will be crashed into the Moon about four minutes apart. With a medium-sized telescope and a clear night sky overhead, you will be able to see the event. If you would rather stay inside, then watch it on NASA TV.

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Sunday, 27 September 2009 19:02

Mercury to send message to Earth

Astronomers on Earth are about to learn a whole lot more about the planet Mercury as NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft passes less than 229 kilometers (142 miles) above the planet’s surface on September 29, 2009.

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Friday, 25 September 2009 19:31

A bit of water found on Moon!

The Indian spacecraft Chandrayann-1 spacecraft is orbiting about the Moon with the U.S. Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument onboard. It found water molecules in the polar regions of the Moon, and two other NASA spacecraft confirmed the exciting discovery. Only a small amount of water was discovered, however, scientists are now optimistic that more will be found with further explorations.

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Astronomers have found over 300 exosolar planets (or exoplanets, those orbiting about stars other than the Sun). However, they have all been gaseous objects without a solid surface. For the first time, a rocky exoplanet has been discovered.

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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed the necessary maneuvers for insertion into orbit about the Moon. NASA confirms its preliminary lunar orbit at 6:27 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

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Monday, 15 June 2009 18:57

Japanese Kaguya seen crashing into Moon

AT 3:25 a.m. Japanese time (1825 GMT) the Kaguya spacecraft made a controlled hard crash onto the Moon ending a successful mission to comprehensively map the lunar surface. It was seen on Earth by professional and amateur astronomers.

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Wednesday, 10 June 2009 18:19

Asia, Australia may see Kaguya and Moon crash

The Japanese Kaguya spacecraft will end its mission with an impact on the Moon. The Wednesday, June 10, 2009 crash is likely to be seen by people in Asia and Australia at approximately 1825 Universal Time (UT). Find out what time the crash will occur locally for you.

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Monday, 25 May 2009 18:13

Never before seen wrinkles: On Mercury

NASA’s Messenger space probe has found "wrinkle ridges" on the planet Mercury and U.S. mission team members say they look "bizarre" and something "we’re never seen anything like that" before in the Solar System.

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Two missions to study the very beginnings of our Universe are scheduled to launch together from French Guiana on May 14, 2009. Once in space, they take different paths to a point about 930,000 miles from Earth where they will peek into a time when the Universe was merely the age of a baby--only 400,000 million years old.

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Friday, 01 May 2009 20:10

MESSENGER spacecraft sees more of Mercury

A second flyby by the NASA MESSENGER spacecraft of the planet Mercury has found additional pieces of the puzzle to help scientists learn more about the planet. The October 5, 2008 flyby saw 30% of a very dynamic planet that had never before been seen by a probe from Earth.

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Friday, 10 April 2009 19:35

The Theia hypothesis goes STEREO

The Theia hypothesis, developed from the Giant Impact hypothesis, implies that the Moon was created when a Mars-sized planet (called Theia) crashed into the Earth 4.5 million years ago. Can we find Theia? The twin STEREO probes of NASA may piece together an answer.

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