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The last solar eclipse of the year happens today

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The final solar eclipse of the year will be visible today, on Oct. 25. It will be visible across Europe, western Asia and northeastern Africa and the Middle East, according to NASA. It will be a partial eclipse, in which the moon is not perfectly aligned with the Earth and the sun, so it will not

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After NASA’s asteroid impact, ESA’s Hera comes next

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This month NASA’s DART spacecraft will collide with the smaller of the two Didymos asteroids in deep space, attempting to shift its orbit in what will be humankind’s first test of the ‘kinetic impactor’ planetary defence technique. Meanwhile, down on the ground, ESA’s follow-on mission to Didymos has reached its own crucial milestone.

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A Christmas comet for Solar Orbiter

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Comet Leonard, a mass of space dust, rock and ice about a kilometre across is heading for a close pass of the Sun on 3 January, and the ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter spacecraft has been watching its evolution over the last days.

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ExoMars goes for a spin

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Essential preparation for the mission’s flight to Mars and plunge through the planet’s atmosphere is to ensure the spacecraft is perfectly balanced when spinning.

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Discovering new gases on Mars

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Sea salt embedded in the dusty surface of Mars and lofted into the planet’s atmosphere has led to the discovery of hydrogen chloride – the first time the ESA-Roscosmos ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter has detected a new gas.

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