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The Milky Way swings around a black hole.
The Milky Way - like all spiral Galaxies - swings gracefully around a central super-massive black hole (SMBH). Astronomers have known for some time that a "fairy ring" of youthful blue-hot stars dance within a few light-years of its event horizon, but such stars should be very old and display expansive low-temperature red giant envelopes. Could there be a "fountain of youth" in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy?
Today NASA has 55 active mission control teams monitoring ongoing spacecraft and station missions - 13 associated with missions extended beyond original planning. Soon there may be seven less. By October of this year, we could be turning a deaf ear to data collected by one of the most successful NASA programs of all times. For even as Voyager 1 and 2 are poised to enter the interstellar realm, budget-minders in our nation's capital may have already sealed the fate on a pair of craft that could provide important information about our solar system - and beyond - for the next 15 years.
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