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India is over the moon about its mission to Mars

India's big messy democracy celebrated a celestial triumph today. It's on-the-cheap mission to Mars entered the Red Planet's orbit on its first try, making it the first Asian nation to accomplish such a feat. And it did so for the bargain price of $75 million dollars, less than the budget for the film, "Gravity."

Science

A high-powered telescope peers into the dark heart of a black hole

Black holes may be exotic, but they are hardly rare. Every galaxy has one, including ours. But it's tough to look at and study black holes since their gravitational pull is so powerful light can't escape from them. But thanks to a new telescope that captures high-energy x-rays, NASA scientists are peering at their edges, confirming Einstein's theories, and may have gotten the first glimpse of a new kind of black hole.