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China Sends a Rover to the Moon
Topic: Moon to Mars
Summary: A new lunar rover launched from Earth on December 2nd, and is now on its way to the Moon's surface.

Using Radio to Cut Through Orbital Clutter
Topic: Missions
Summary: Astronomers have developed a method for preventing catastrophic collisions with space junk in Earth orbit.

December Expedition to Explore Life in Hydrothermal Vent
Topic: Extreme Life
Summary: Scientists are preparing for an expedition this December that will use robotic explorers to study life beneath the sea crust. The team will study previously unexplored hydrothermal vent systems off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Jupiter's Red Spot and Planetary Formation
Topic: Jupiter
Summary: A new study explains why Jupiter's Giant Red Spot exists today, even though fluid dynamics suggest that it should have faded centuries ago.

India Heads for Mars
Topic: Missions
Summary: India's first ever Mars mission has successfully blasted away from Earth. The Mars Orbiter Mission will reach the red planet in September of 2014.

More Evidence for the RNA World
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: New research supports the theory that RNA played an essential role in the origin of life on Earth.

Comet ISON Defies Expectations
Topic: Meteorites, Comets and Asteroids
Summary: When Comet C/2012 S1 ISON rounded the Sun last week, it provided many spectacular surprises for scientists and amateur astronomers alike.

Iron Both Hides and Preserves Fossils
Topic: Origin & Evolution of Life
Summary: A new study shows how iron may help preserve ancient dinosaur tissue inside fossils. However, the iron could also make tissues difficult to detect.

Habitable Planet Search Should be More Conservative
Topic: Alien Life
Summary: A new study indicates that astronomers may have to be more conservative when determining the habitable zones of planet-hosting stars.

A Solar System Similar to Ours, but More Compact
Topic: Cosmic Evolution
Summary: Astronomers have found the closest match to our own solar system yet known.

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