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    Recent missions to the asteroids Ryugu and Bennu have revealed that the surfaces of asteroids can be actively shaped by a variety of geological processes.

    Image: NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona
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    The global climate crisis has prompted the astronomy community in recent years to assess, primarily, the impact of its activities upon climate change, and secondarily, the impact of climate change upon astronomy.

    Image: John Davis / Stocktrek Images / Getty
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    Dwarf galaxies — galaxies of mass less than roughly a billion solar masses — have emerged as key laboratories for testing a number of open questions in astrophysics, including the formation of the first stars and the chemical enrichment of the Universe, the growth of galaxies and of the black holes within them, and the existence and properties of dark matter.

    Image: NASA/ ESA/ STScI (A. Aloisi)
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    The space sector is experiencing a paradigm shift due to the significant decrease in the cost of building and launching small satellites in space.

    Image: Image Courtesy of Blue Canyon Technologies, Inc.
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    We present this Collection of research, review and comment from Nature Research to celebrate the award of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics to Roger Penrose “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity” and to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our Galaxy”.

    Image: Springer Nature/The Nobel Foundation/Imagesource
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    Close to the end of its mission, the Dawn spacecraft performed high resolution observations of Occator crater at Ceres in order to study its bright points (faculae) at unprecedented detail. These observations establish Ceres as an ocean world.

    Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI/LPI
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    The Kavli Prize is awarded by a partnership between the Norwegian Academy of Sciences, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Kavli Foundation.

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    The Spitzer Space Telescope came to the end of its mission at the end of January 2020.

    Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/K. Miller (IPAC)
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    Recent years have been an exciting time to unravel the mysteries of planetary interiors. A number of ongoing international space missions, ever evolving new technologies and numerical methods, and re-analysis of existing data are allowing us to gain new insights on the internal structures of planetary bodies.

    Image: From closest to furthest (or right to left) respectively: Jupiter (Juno perijove 6, Credit:NASA/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran); Saturn during the great storm of 2010–2011 (Cassini, Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute); Uranus and Neptune (Hubble, Credits: NASA/ESA/A. Simon (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center), and M.H. Wong and A. Hsu (University of California, Berkeley)).
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    This issue’s Focus puts the spotlight on individual, institutional and international actions that are working today toward increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in astronomy and more generally in science.

    Image: CSIRO/ Alex Cherney
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    We present this Collection of research, review and comment from Nature Research to celebrate the award of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics to James Peebles “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology” and to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star”. Together, these discoveries have changed the way we view the Universe, and our place within it.

    Image: Springer Nature/The Nobel Foundation/Imagesource
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    On 31 December 2018, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft began to orbit the asteroid (101955) Bennu, a near-Earth asteroid believed to harbour organic molecules and hydrated minerals.

    Image: NASA/OSIRIS-REx/OCAMS