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France Launches Mini Satellite To Explore Mysteries of Distant Gas Giant Planet
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
On Friday, an Indian rocket will carry a tiny French satellite into Earth's orbit, where it will spend a year studying a mysterious young solar system 63 light-years away. The miniature satellite will be focused on Beta Pictoris, a star less than twice the size of our sun that formed between 20 and 26 million years ago. Because the star is too old to still be forming planets, all that celestial rubble is likely the remains of miniature planets and hundreds of comets that collide and shatter. read more


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