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Sweet discovery around a young star system Aug 31, 2012
Light from white dwarf pair reveals gravity waves Aug 30, 2012
'Tatooine-like' binary star has planets Aug 29, 2012
When astronaut spoke to aquanaut Aug 29, 2012
First human voice from Mars Aug 28, 2012
A day in history: launch of the first successful planetary probe Aug 27, 2012
Armstrong saved the Moon program from disaster – twice Aug 26, 2012
Neil Armstrong (1930–2012) Aug 25, 2012
Curiosity's descent to Mars captured in video Aug 25, 2012
Astronomers spy twins of the Milky Way and its companions Aug 23, 2012
A star caught in the act of swallowing a planet Aug 22, 2012
And after Curiosity will come ... InSight Aug 21, 2012
When is a pipe not a pipe? Aug 21, 2012
Curiosity takes aim at a rock Aug 18, 2012
Is life possible around a white dwarf? Aug 17, 2012
Record-breaking cluster may help solve an old problem in astrophysics Aug 16, 2012
Hypersonic plane shoots for Mach 6 Aug 15, 2012
Mystery of the mega stars solved? Aug 13, 2012
Major announcement coming on galaxy cluster find Aug 11, 2012
Curiosity may reopen the Viking controversy Aug 9, 2012
>Bernard Lovell dies Aug 7, 2012
Curiosity's descent imaged from space Aug 7, 2012
Curiosity rover lands successfully Aug 6, 2012
Still standing after all these years – Apollo flags remain upright Aug 1, 2012

Glycoaldehyde molecules have been found around a young star system in the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex
Sweet discovery around a young star system
(Aug 31, 2012)

For the first time, astronomers have detected molecules of a type of sugar – glycoaldehyde – in a gas cloud that immediately surrounds a young star system. The discovery is important because it provides further evidence that some of the building blocks of life are available ready-made in a region in which new planets can be expected.

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J0651 artwork
Light from white dwarf pair reveals gravity waves
(Aug 30, 2012)

Gravitational waves have proved to be more elusive than the Higgs boson. Nobody's yet detected them directly. But now, for the first time, there's powerful evidence for them in the visible light coming from a very unusual pair of stars.

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Kepler-47 artwork
'Tatooine-like' binary star has planets
(Aug 29, 2012)

Two planets have been found in orbit around the eclipsing binary known as Kepler-47, some 5,000 light-years from Earth. One of the planets moves within the so-called habitable zone of the system, pointing to the possibility that life might be possible in a system reminiscent of that which is home to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films.

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Sealab II
When astronaut spoke to aquanaut
(Aug 29, 2012)

On this day in 1965, astronaut Gordon Cooper, in orbit 160km above the Earth aboard Gemini 5, spoke with fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter who, at the time, was more than 60m under the Pacific in Sealab II (see photo). Gemini 5 splashed down – in the Pacific – later that day.

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Exposed strata on Mount Sharp
First human voice from Mars
(Aug 28, 2012)

Curiosity rover has sent back some fantastic telephoto shots of its surroundings including exposed strata on its eventual target, Mount Sharp. Also it's radioed back the first human words from the surface of Mars – transmitting a message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden via the Deep Space Network.

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Mariner 2
A day in history: launch of the first successful planetary probe
(Aug 27, 2012)

On this day in 1962, NASA launched the first successful interplanetary probe – Mariner 2 – which flew past Venus a few months later. Mariner 2, like its failed sister probe Mariner 1, was based on the Ranger spacecraft which were intentionally crashed into the Moon. A month after encountering Venus, it sent back its last transmission and is now lifeless in solar orbit.

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Gemini 8 and ATV
Armstrong saved the Moon program from disaster – twice
(Aug 26, 2012)

Neil Armstrong's extreme competence as a pilot and his cool-headedness twice saved the US space program from fatal accidents. The first occasion was during the Gemini 8 mission, in March 1966, when he took over control of the capsule when it had started spinning wildly after docking with its Agena target vehicle (see link below). The second was when he guided the Apollo 11 lunar module to a safe landing with only seconds of fuel remaining.

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Neil Armstrong
Neil Armstrong (1930–2012)
(Aug 25, 2012)

The first human to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong, has died at the age of 82. Earlier this month he had undergone surgery to treat blocked coronary arteries. Armstrong served as a test pilot on the X-15 rocket plane and commander of Gemini 8, before commanding Apollo 11.

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Curiosity's descent to the surface of Mars, shortly after ejection of the heatshield
Curiosity's descent to Mars captured in video
(Aug 25, 2012)

If you haven't already, check out the amazing descent of Curiosity, from the ejection of its heat shield to the moment in touches down on the Martian surface. The video clip at the link below was stitched together from images captured by the Mars Descent Imager (MARDI) attached to the rover, and has been accelerated so that the whole sequence lasts about three minutes.

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The spiral galaxy GAMA202627 and its two large companions: an almost exact match of the Milky Way - Magellanic Clouds system
Astronomers spy twins of the Milky Way and its companions
(Aug 23, 2012)

The Milky Way Galaxy, in which we live, is a typical spiral of which many examples have been found over the years. But what's unusual is a galaxy like ours that's accompanied by two satellite galaxies as big as the Magellanic Clouds. In fact, no other close matches were known – until now.

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