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    Israeli XPrize Mission Science Twist: Map Lunar Magnetism

    SpaceIL is a nonprofit that aims to put Israel's first spacecraft on the moon as it competes for Google's LunarX Prize. In this article on, SpaceIL CEO Eran Privman and investigator Avi Barliya, along with mission scientist Prof. Oded Aharonson of the Weizmann Institute, write about the moon shot, about Israel joining the space race, and about what they're doing that's different.

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    Earth-Mass Planet Right Next Door

    A potentially habitable planet – Proxima Centauri b – has been found virtually next door to Earth: about four light years away. Dr. Aviv Ofir, who is in Prof. Oded Aharonson's lab, is a member of the "Pale Red Dot" project; the team found that the new planet likely has balmy temperatures and liquid water, albeit a fast orbit. Further research is underway.

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    Star Being Shredded Produces Unusual Super-Flash

    On June 14, 2015, astrophysicists around the world noted an extraordinarily bright flash of light that, puzzlingly, did not fit any of the usual explanations. Prof. Avishay Gal-Yam's lab has now solved the mystery: it was the destruction of a star by the gravitational tides of a black hole at the center of its galaxy. This event is extremely rare, as a number of physics conditions must be satisfied.

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    Weizmann Scientists to Send Atomic Clock to Jupiter

    The European Space Agency is planning an international mission, JUICE, to investigate our solar system's largest planet: Jupiter. The Institute's Dr. Yohai Kaspi is playing a key role, leading the Israeli team developing a super-precise atomic clock that will help reveal information about the planet's atmosphere. <em>Israel21c</em> reports.

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    The Israelis Who Went to Jupiter

    Weizmann planetary scientists, Drs. Yohai Kaspi and Eli Galanti, have played critical roles in NASA's Juno space mission. At NASA's visitors center in Pasadena, CA, they watched live as Juno went into orbit around Jupiter. Dr. Kaspi, the lead scientist on a team that will research Jupiter's atmospheric conditions, called the mission ""the realization of a dream.""

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    He Drove Cars on Mars – Now He's Trying to Put Israel on the Moon

    Prof. Oded Aharonson was an astrophysics star at Caltech, including remotely driving NASA rovers on Mars. But when the Weizmann Institute offered him the opportunity to come home and help lead Israel into space, he couldn't say no. <em>Haaretz</em> interviews Prof. Aharonson, who heads the Center for Planetary Science and is guiding Israel's first moon shot.

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    From Rehovot to Jupiter: Weizmann Science in Space

    July 4, 2016 was a day of celebration – not just in the U.S., but worldwide. It's when a long-awaited milestone was reached: after almost five years and 1.7 billion miles, the Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter, aiming to reveal the giant planet's secrets – and those of our solar system. The Weizmann Institute's brilliant young astrophysicists helped make it happen.

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    Truly Reaching for the Stars in 2016

    From the Mars rovers to the Star Wars reboot, interest in space hasn't been this high since America's moon landing. And once again, the Weizmann Institute is ahead of the curve: with some of the world's brightest young astrophysicists on campus, we are not only putting Israel on the star map, but advancing knowledge for all humankind.

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    New Space Telescopes Will Build on Israeli Experience

    The Weizmann Institute's stellar astrophysics team is developing a small, light satellite that will be equipped with a telescope searching in the ultraviolet range for events such as supernovas and black holes. The team is collaborating with Caltech and NASA, among others, on the satellite, which is a first for Weizmann – and for Israel.