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The Comet That Battered Jupiter, and Shook Congress

After Shoemaker–Levy 9 wrecked havoc on the solar system’s largest planet in 1994, for a rare moment on Earth politics were not parochial, but astronomical. Its political and scientific legacy still shines today

4 hours ago — Christine Gorman

Scientists Try to Grow Peruvian Potatoes on "Mars"

A South American experiment seeks to find if potatoes could be grown on Mars as a food source for future astronauts. They also hope the data will help them better understand how this staple may be affected by climate change on Earth 

February 2, 2016 — Andrea Small Carmona

Pluto Killer Thinks He Has New Ninth Planet

Caltech astronomer Mike Brown, the driving force for demoting Pluto, now claims evidence for a massive, distant replacement ninth planet in our solar system 

January 25, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

How Astronomers Could Actually See "Planet Nine"

Evidence of this new addition to our solar system is indirect at the moment, but direct evidence could come relatively soon, in the form of a telescope observation, Planet Nine's proposers say

January 22, 2016 — Mike Wall and

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