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Hubble telescope’s successor has a ride to space

December 19, 2015

The European Space Agency has cinched an agreement with Arianespace for the October 2018 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope aboard an Ariane 5 rocket, which will dispatch the nearly $10 billion observatory on a bold mission that promises to rewrite astronomy textbooks.

China sends dark matter probe into orbit

December 17, 2015

China launched the first in a series of planned space science probes Thursday, putting a satellite into orbit to study high-energy cosmic rays for signals that could hint at hypothesized clumps of dark matter that have eluded detection for decades.

Live coverage: India’s first space observatory in orbit

September 27, 2015

India’s first dedicated astronomical observatory lifted off at 0430 GMT (12:30 a.m. EDT) Monday aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, riding into a 400-mile-high orbit to begin a five-year mission studying the births and deaths of stars.

NuSTAR discovers brilliant ‘mighty mouse’ pulsar

October 9, 2014

A NASA space telescope studying X-ray emissions from a nearby galaxy has discovered the brightest pulsar ever detected, the fast-spinning remnant of a collapsed star that shines so intensely it was initially mistaken for a massive black hole, a possible “missing link” between compact stellar-mass black holes and the unseen monsters lurking at the cores of many galaxies.

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