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  1. illustration of spacecraft on Europa
    Space

    How future spacecraft might handle tricky landings on Venus or Europa

    Scientists are getting inventive with ways to touch down on these worlds, where landers will face obstacles not seen elsewhere in the solar system.

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  2. Milky Way galactic center
    Astronomy

    The Milky Way’s central black hole may have turned nearby red giant stars blue

    A powerful blast from the supermassive black hole at the Milky Way’s center may explain the lack of large, red stars there.

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  3. sunspot
    Space

    This new image reveals a sunspot in unrivaled detail

    An image taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope — the largest solar observatory on Earth — provides the best look yet at a sunspot.

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  4. illustration of telescope with alien spaceships
    Space

    Top 10 questions I’d ask an alien from the Galactic Federation

    An interview with E.T. would be a journalist’s dream, but it’s not very likely.

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  5. Milky Way X-ray bubbles
    Astronomy

    Enormous X-ray bubbles balloon from the center of the Milky Way

    Images from the the eROSITA telescope reveal X-ray–emitting blobs surrounding gamma-ray bubbles.

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  6. Hayabusa2’s sample return capsule
    Space

    Hayabusa2’s asteroid dirt may hold clues to the early solar system

    “We collected the treasure box,” a Japanese space scientist announced after a capsule holding samples from asteroid Ryugu safely landed on Earth.

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  7. Arecibo telescope
    Space

    Here are 10 of Arecibo’s coolest achievements

    The now-defunct Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico made myriad discoveries over its 57-year run, including of pulsar planets and ice on Mercury.

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  8. Collapsed Arecibo telescope
    Space

    Why losing Arecibo is a big deal for astronomy

    The radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory has collapsed, robbing scientists of a special tool for studying everything from asteroids to galaxies.

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  9. Murchison meteorite fragment
    Planetary Science

    50 years ago, scientists caught their first glimpse of amino acids from outer space

    In 1970, scientists detected amino acids in a meteorite. Fifty years later, a variety of chemical ingredients for life have been found in other space rocks.

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