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Observation backs up model of Z-shaped radio sources

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Heroic Cassini makes the ultimate sacrifice

Grand Finale tour ends with deliberate plummet into Saturn's atmosphere

Does self-interacting dark matter explain galactic diversity?

Simulation predicts rotation curves of 30 galaxies

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Ancient lake sediments beneath the city can intensify quake damage

Grabbing a slice of the pie in the sky

Asteroid mining is a hot topic on “industry day” at the European Planetary Science Congress

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Cassini’s grand finale

With the Cassini craft due to plunge into Saturn on 15 September, Joshua Colwell explains the scientific secrets it has revealed over the last 20 years

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Spacecraft in extreme environments

Keith Cooper explores the challenges of designing instruments that can handle the toughest conditions in our solar system

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Oh, America!

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