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NASA's Messenger reveals close-ups of Mercury's sun-scorched surface

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Trapped in a bubble! Scientists shed light on the Earth's galactic neighbourhood

Complex: The Sun is seen as central to our solar system, but even that is on its own journey through the 'Local Bubble'

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Planets. The wonders of the universe, space oddities, stars, planets, cosmos, galaxies, nebulas and cosmic inclinations.

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An entry from I never will speak word.

"i want to know how. why. i want to discover the secrets of the universe and i want to *believe*."

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WORLD WONDERS ☪ :: Cool Space Facts - A Collection of Cool Space Facts About The Sun and All The Planets in Our Solar System (Sorry, Pluto)

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A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, and covered a greater portion of the planet’s surface than the Atlantic Ocean does on Earth, according to new results published today. http://www.eso.org/public/news/eso1509/

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Although Venus is only the planet second nearest the sun, its dense, toxic atmosphere traps heat in a runaway version of the greenhouse effect that warms up the Earth. As a result, temperatures on Venus reach 870 degrees F (465 degrees C), more than hot enough to melt lead.

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Voyager: a space odyssey – in pictures

In 1989, Voyager 2 made our first close encounter with the stunning blue planet Neptune. Its surprisingly turbulent, storm-laden atmosphere, this far from the sun, was clearly being driven by heat from deep within the planet

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