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Powering the future with lunar soil

Building a lunar base is one of the next steps for exploring the Solar System, but one of the obstacles to be overcome before achieving this project is finding access to a reliable source of energy that will guarantee the…

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One giant leap for mankind

First steps on the Moon Next 21st July, at 4:56 am Central European Time, it will be exactly 50 years since the first, momentous, landing of human beings on the Moon. Let's go back to 1969 to relive those moments…

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Does methane help life on Titan?

In 2034, a drone with eight propellers called Dragonfly will fly over the frozen surface of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. NASA will launch Dragonfly in 2026 as part of the New Frontiers research programme. The module transporting Dragonfly to Titan…

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Curious facts about summer

If someone asks you “When does summer begin?”, very probably you would answer that it begins on the summer solstice, which this year falls on 21 June. Yet a meteorologist might say that it had already begun some time earlier,…

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Methane lakes found on Titan

Thanks to the data collected by the Cassini probe, a number of methane lakes have been discovered on Titan, Saturn’s largest satellite. The lakes are located in the northern hemisphere of the satellite and are surprisingly deep, perched on the…

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Here is the first image of a black hole

Located more than 50 million light years away, at the centre of a gigantic elliptical galaxy called Messier 87, the first black hole to be immortalised in a photo: this object at a distance of 55 million light years from…

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The Prisma satellite is almost ready for launching

There are only a few days to go before the launch of the mission of the Italian Space Agency PRISMA (PRecursore IperSpettrale della Missione Applicativa - Hyperspectral Precursor of the Application Mission), the satellite that will observe planet Earth with…

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St. Lucy’s night: a night of shooting stars

In Italy, St. Lucy’s night  is known traditionally as “the shortest night of the year”, but due to the passage of the Geminid meteor shower, it will also become the “brightest night of the year”. In fact, the night between…

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Twinkle twinkle little star

The Christmas comet 46P/Wirtanen is crossing the sky. 46P is one of the large family of young comets: these are short-period celestial bodies affected by Jupiter’s gravitational force and for this reason their orbit passes by us frequently. 46P appears…

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