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New Study of Virgo Galaxy Cluster

Image credit: ESO
New observations from the Japanese 8-m Subaru telescope and the ESO Very Large telescope (VLT) have revealed new details in the Virgo Galaxy cluster - located 50 million light years away. One insight is that massive young stars seem to be able to form in isolation, far away from the brighter parts of galaxies.

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Jan 17, 2003, 8:38am

Astronomy

Hubble Offers a Clear View of a Quasar

Image credit: Hubble
The Hubble Space Telescope has provided the clearest view of nearby quasar 3C 273 ever taken in visible light. The image was taken by using the newly installed Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), which is able to block the brightest light to show the dimmer parts of the object. Features in the Galaxy surrounding the central quasar are clearly visible.

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Jan 17, 2003, 8:32am

Space Flight

Rosetta Will Have to Be Dismantled

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Now that Rosetta has been delayed indefinitely from its original mission to visit Comet Wirtanen, technicians have to dismantle the spacecraft and return each scientific instrument to the researchers who built them. The mission was cancelled because a recent report indicated that the Ariane 5 rocket was unsafe to launch. Rosetta's original target was Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, then Comet Wirtanen, so now planners are considering comets Finlay, Brooks 2 and Wild 2. There's no scheduled launch date, though.

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Jan 17, 2003, 8:24am

Space Flight

Columbia Launches on Science Mission

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The Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from Cape Canaveral yesterday, carrying the first Israeli Astronaut and six crewmates on a scientific mission. Columbia blasted off at 1539 GMT (10:39 am EST) and reached orbit 9 minutes later. The astronauts have a total of 80 experiments to perform over the next 16 days.

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Jan 17, 2003, 8:11am




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