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Planck Space Telescope

Planck is Europe’s first mission to study the relic radiation from the Big Bang.
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Herschel Space Telescope

Herschel is the largest space telescope ever launched. Its 3.5 m-diameter mirror will give astronomers their best view yet of the Universe at far-infrared and sub-millimetre wavelengths....
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Kepler Space Telescope

The Kepler Space Telescope from NASA is designed to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. The telescope is named after the German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), which is best known for the Kepler's laws of planetary motion. ...
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The results of the Huygens Mission

After a journey of 7 years on board the American Cassini spacecraft the little European space probe Huygens was released on 25 December 2004 and reached the upper layer of Titan's atmosphere on 14 January 2005. After a parachute descent of 2 hours and 28 minutes the probe landed on the mysterious Saturn moon Titan. Now the first results were released by the European Space Agency (ESA)....
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Black Holes

Black holes are objects so dense that not even light can escape their gravity and since nothing can travel faster than light, nothing can escape from inside a black hole. The expression black hole was coined by John Wheeler....
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Brown Dwarfs

Brown dwarfs are the link between stars and planets and are not massive enough like stars on the main sequence and sometimes called as failed stars. As a result of their mass-poor they don't start the hydrogen fusion. But brown dwarfs heavier than 13 Jupiter masses do fuse deuterium....
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory

The Chandra X-ray Observatory, formerly known as the Advanced X-ray Astronomical Facility (AXAF), launched by Space Shuttle Columbia on July 23, 1999 and belongs to NASA's Great Observatory program. Also to the program belong the Hubble Space Telescope, the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telecope....
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COROT Space Telescope

COROT stands for Convection Rotation and planetary Transits and is a big step forward for the ESA for the search after extrasolar planets. It is the first mission for the search after rocky planets around nearby stars. Furthermore it is the first European Mission for asteroseismology at other stars....
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Dawn Mission

NASA's Dawn Mission will examine the asteroids Ceres and Vesta. In fact in March 2006 was the Mission canceled but short time later the NASA Management decided to reinstate the Dawn mission, because many scientist all over the world supported the mission....
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Deep Impact

NASA's Deep Impact mission is the astronomical highlight of the year, because for the first time a probe will hit a comet to reveal the secrets of its interior. The Deep Impact probe releases 24 h befor the arrival at the target Tempel 1 the small "impactor" (370 kg) which predominantly consists of copper....
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Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope was launched 1990 with the Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of the most important and popular telescopes in the history of astronomy. ...
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Mars

The planet Mars is the last terrestrial planet and the fourth planet of our solar system. He is the most likely target for a manned space mission. Already the first ancient civilizations were fascinated by him and honoured Mars as a god (for Romans/Greeks were he the god of war)....
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Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter

The Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter ist Americas answer to the European Mars Express space probe and the technical facts are very impressive. The space probe will arrive in March 2006 on the Red Planet....
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New Horizons

This mission flies to the former last official planet of our solar system and beyond. The mission planners hope after the rendezvous with Pluto to continue the mission with a fly-by of some Kuiper Belt objects....
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Stardust

The Stardust Mission is a unique Mission, because for the first time has a space probe collect dust particle from a comet and will bring back these samples to the earth. Previous mission to comets only took pictures and therefore the scientists are really curios to these samples, because comets consist of the remnants of the beginning of our solar system and can solve many fundamental questions....
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Venus

Venus is the second planet from the sun and belongs to the terrestrial planets, sometime Venus is called Earth's sister planet, because both are very similar in size, mass and composition. Venus is named after the Roman goddess of love....
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Venus Express

The Venus Express space probe reuse parts of the design from the Mars Express and Rosetta spacecrafts and is the first Mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) to Earth's "sister planet" because booth are very similar in size and bulk composition....
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White Dwarfs

White dwarfs develop when a star from maximum 1.4 solar masses dies. These stars are not heavy enough to generate the core temperatures required to fuse carbon in nucleosynthesis reactions and after they have become a red giant during their helium-burning phase, they will shed their outer layers to form a planetary nebula, leaving behind an inert core consisting mostly of carbon and oxygen....
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