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ESA/JAXA BepiColombo snaps new images of Venus during a close approach

ESA/JAXA BepiColombo snaps new images of Venus during a close approach

A joint mission conducted by the ESA and the Japanese space agency JAXA called BepiColombo recently made a close approach to Venus. The close approach happened on October 15, and the main sequence of 64 images was captured by the Monitoring Camera 2 aboard the Mercury Transfer Module.

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Gemini South telescope nebula photos tease Webb potential

Gemini South telescope nebula photos tease Webb potential

Today a report delivered new HD images from the Gemini South telescope in Chile showing the birth of a star. These images were captured using a wide-field adaptive optics camera in combination with the telescope, producing near-infrared composite images of a 33 trillion-mile section of The Western Wall of the Carina Nebula.

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Another three Martian lakes found hiding under Red Planet’s surface

Another three Martian lakes found hiding under Red Planet’s surface

Mars may be home to multiple lakes hidden from sight under the planet's surface, according to a new study. Researchers say they've found evidence of three new lakes on the Red Planet, adding them to the one discovered back in 2018. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Astronomy and were made possible using data from the ESA's Mars Express spacecraft.

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CHEOPS details a planet right out of the Twilight Zone

CHEOPS details a planet right out of the Twilight Zone

The CHEOPS space telescope delivered details to scientists on the planet called WASP-189b, an extreme planet by most metrics. This planet is approximately 20x closer to its closest star than our Earth is to our Sun. This planet is more than 1.6x as large as Jupiter, which in turn is around 318x as large as Earth.

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ESA’s Vega rocket demonstration reports success after months of delays

ESA’s Vega rocket demonstration reports success after months of delays

Last Wednesday, the European Space Agency successfully launched its Vega rocket from French Guiana after around a year of delays. The launch took place from Europe's Spaceport and involved deploying 53 small satellites into orbit -- a mission that ended up a complete success, according to the ESA. The space agency says this mission demonstrated that Vega and the wider Small Spacecraft Mission Service dispenser is capable of offering launch services to customers.

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Closest-ever images of the Sun released – and they expose a new mystery

Closest-ever images of the Sun released – and they expose a new mystery

NASA and the ESA have released the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun, jaw-dropping new photos captured by the Solar Orbiter as it came within 48 million miles of our closest star. A collaboration between the US and European space agencies, the spacecraft is designed to bring back information from deeper in the heart of the solar system than any probe before it, in the hopes of unlocking some of the secrets of the Sun.

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NASA and ESA will reveal first images from Solar Orbiter this week

NASA and ESA will reveal first images from Solar Orbiter this week

NASA is planning to hold an event this week that will reveal the first images and data from Solar Orbiter, the relatively new joint mission between it and the European Space Agency (ESA). The mission is carrying 10 instruments to study our Sun, including the magnetic fields and particles that result from it. The spacecraft made its first pass of our star last month after launching in early February.

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ESA Solar Orbiter makes its first close approach to the Sun

ESA Solar Orbiter makes its first close approach to the Sun

The ESA has announced that the solar Orbiter has made its first close approach to the Sun. The event happened on June 15 with the solar Orbiter approaching as close as 77 million km to the Sun's surface. That is about half the distance between the Sun and Earth. The point that is closest to the Sun is known as the perihelion.

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ESA’s new online map tool shows pollution levels around the world

ESA’s new online map tool shows pollution levels around the world

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a new online mapping tool that shows the level of nitrogen dioxide pollution around the world. The data comes from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P (S5P) satellite, which was launched in 2017 to measure air pollutants globally using its Tropomi instrument. This online portal is released as part of the wider S5P Product Algorithm (S5P-PAL) project.

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ESA Prometheus low-cost reusable rocket engine moves forward

ESA Prometheus low-cost reusable rocket engine moves forward

The European Space Agency or ESA is working on a precursor to an ultra-low-cost rocket called the Prometheus. The space agency says that the rocket is flexible enough to be used on a fleet of new launch vehicles for any mission. The rocket could also potentially be reusable, saving costs making launches cheaper.

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ESA’s reusable Prometheus rocket engine will be ground tested in 2021

ESA’s reusable Prometheus rocket engine will be ground tested in 2021

In 2017, the European Space Agency tapped ArianeGroup to develop Prometheus, a full-sized and liquid-fueled rocket engine demonstrator intended to pave the way for reusable rocket engines. At the time, the agency had said that its demonstrator would be ground tested in November 2020; this week, the ESA returned with an update on the project, including some new dates.

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Peering deep into the early Universe, Hubble sought stars but found a mystery

Peering deep into the early Universe, Hubble sought stars but found a mystery

The first stars in the early universe could've formed far earlier than scientists first believed, new findings from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest, opening new questions about the evolution of galaxies shortly after the Big Bang. Researchers had expected to find so-called Population III stars in the latest Hubble observations, but turned up empty-handed.

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