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NASA Shuts Down Galaxy Explorer Telescope

Just over ten years after its launch, NASA this afternoon decommissioned its Galaxy Evolution Explorer spacecraft. The satellite will no longer be used for science missions, but will remain in orbit for 65 years before burning up in Earth’s atmosphere. …

NASA Picture Shows Largest-Seen Spiral Galaxy
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Astronomers this week unveiled a new image of the largest spiral galaxy known to exist. A larger version of the image can be seen here. The galaxy, named NGC 6872, was crowned with the title following an examination of archival …