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Submission + - Lost Doctor Who Episodes Recovered From Space (

Mindflux0 writes: While searching for alien signals from deep space, scientists at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico discovered Dr. Who. They stumbled across a strange signal that turned out to television broadcasts from almost 50 years ago. They've begun recording the signal and have found, among other things, lost Dr. Who episodes.

The broadcasts are being reflected off of an as of yet unknown object in deep space. Exactly what the signals are bouncing off of remains a mystery despite attempts to spot it with the Hubble Space Telescope. The astronomers suspect it is some sort of asteroid field.


Submission + - Europe Sending a Probe to the Sun ( 2

Mindflux0 writes: The European Union is going forward with the proposed Solar Orbiter, a space probe designed to study the sun. The probe will orbit closer to the sun than any other man-made object at a sizzling 42 million km. It's planned to launch in 2017 for close to a billion euros.

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