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NASA Extends Contract for Hubble Space Telescope Mission Operations

Astronomy News - 1 September 2016 - 9:59am
NASA has awarded a contract extension to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Corporation (LMSSC) of Greenbelt, Maryland, to continue maintaining the health and safety of the agency’s Hubble Space Telescope observatory through the next phase of its science mission.

First stars formed even later than previously thought

Astronomy News - 1 September 2016 - 9:57am

ESA's Planck satellite has revealed that the first stars in the Universe started forming later than previous observations of the Cosmic Microwave Background indicated. This new analysis also shows that these stars were the only sources needed to account for reionising atoms in the cosmos, having completed half of this process when the Universe had reached an age of 700 million years.

Imaging tiny comet dust in 3D

Astronomy News - 1 September 2016 - 9:56am

Rosetta has imaged the smallest grains of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's dust yet, with its Micro-Imaging Dust Analysis System, MIDAS.