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9 Astronomy Milestones in 2009

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This year provided plenty of cosmic eye-openers for astronomers and casual stargazers alike. Neighborhood planets such as Mercury and Jupiter received makeovers in both a scientific and literal sense. The discovery of water on the moon and Mars provided clues to the past, not to mention hints for the future of space exploration.And a class of newly-detected "Super-Earth" planets around alien stars may ultimately prove more habitable than Earth. Here are the stories that stood out:

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2009 was a wonderful year for discovery,

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Well, there's one they missed... the lunar carrots.

Interesting, though, they do seem at last to be taking the possibility of the existence of life seriously, when I do think that in the past, there has been a tendency from some to laugh at anyone who might imagine such a thing as a loony UFO or sci-fi nut.

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