Space tourism in 2013?

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The private spaceflight company Excalibur Almaz hopes to offer wealthy tourists one week orbital flights as early as 2013, on board former top-secret russian spacecrafts.
This space tourism project started in 2009; on January 5 this year, Excalibur Almaz retrieved two space station modules partly built in Russia during the 1970s. …

Antimatter produced by thunderstorms

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Fermi, NASA’s gamma-ray telescope, has detected antimatter particle beams produced by thunderstorms. This is the first time such a phenomenon has been observed.
Antimatter is the mirror image of matter: particles of antimatter and matter have the same mass but opposite electric charge. For example, a positron is the mirror image …

Black Holes – Part II

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In this second part of the article dedicated to black holes, I will describe how they are formed, as well as the different kinds of black holes the theory has been able to predict.
Formation of black holes
Two different processes can lead to the formation of a black hole: gravitational collapse, …

First Earth-sized exoplanet discovered

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The discovery of Kepler-10b, the first rocky extrasolar planet, was confirmed yesterday by NASA’s Kepler mission. Only 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest exoplanet ever discovered.
Because its size is comparable to that of Earth, this is a first step to discovering how common such planets are, …

Create your own exoplanet

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The NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory offer you to create your own planet, orbiting the star of your own choice.
How to create your planet
To become a planet creator, just head toward the Extreme Planet Makeover website. Using the options given at the bottom of the screen, you only have …

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