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JAXA may remake its X-ray observatory Hitomi for a 2020 launch | Astronomy.com

JAXA may remake its X-ray observatory Hitomi for a 2020 launch | Astronomy.com

New Horizons scientist John Spencer inspects a poster print of the mission's latest Pluto image Tuesday. Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

New Horizons scientist John Spencer inspects a poster print of the mission's latest Pluto image Tuesday. Credit: Stephen Clark/Spaceflight Now

Cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov prepare for Wednesday's spacewalk. Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly

Cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov prepare for Wednesday's spacewalk. Credit: NASA/Scott Kelly

Left-handed cosmic magnetic field could explain missing antimatter. New data from the Fermi telescope suggests the precise mechanism that led to the absence of antimatter..  An artist’s impression of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in orbit.

Left-handed cosmic magnetic field could explain missing antimatter. New data from the Fermi telescope suggests the precise mechanism that led to the absence of antimatter.. An artist’s impression of the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in orbit.

Hitomi, Japan's newest space telescope, was meant to study the high-energy universe -- but it may be in deep trouble. (JAXA)

Hitomi, Japan's newest space telescope, was meant to study the high-energy universe -- but it may be in deep trouble. (JAXA)

The HAWC observatory near the Sierra Nevada volcano in Mexico

The HAWC observatory near the Sierra Nevada volcano in Mexico

Jack King provided launch countdown commentary for every U.S. human spaceflight mission from Gemini 4 through Apollo 15, with one exception. He is seen here inside the firing room at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center during the countdown for Apollo 12. Credit: NASA

Jack King provided launch countdown commentary for every U.S. human spaceflight mission from Gemini 4 through Apollo 15, with one exception. He is seen here inside the firing room at the Kennedy Space Center's Launch Control Center during the countdown for Apollo 12. Credit: NASA

Figure 1. A model of the solar system’s dust disk, formed by grains generated at the Kuiper Belt. Credit: Han et al., 2011

Figure 1. A model of the solar system’s dust disk, formed by grains generated at the Kuiper Belt. Credit: Han et al., 2011

This psychedelic observation by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory will help astronomers understand how the most monstrous black holes in our universe are formed and grow.

This psychedelic observation by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory will help astronomers understand how the most monstrous black holes in our universe are formed and grow.

How NASA uses a common amateur astronomy technique to make huge discoveries The Chandra deep field manages to look back to the edge of the visible universe using image stacking.

How NASA uses a common amateur astronomy technique to make huge discoveries The Chandra deep field manages to look back to the edge of the visible universe using image stacking.

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