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Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
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Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.

Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
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Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics—Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars...

Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
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Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles.

Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan
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Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of...

New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft
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New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth's orbit can be a technological challenge.

NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos
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NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars' moon Phobos.

Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust
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Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today.

NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase
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NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase

A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA...

NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter
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NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the...

NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply
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NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply

Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water...

Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'Broadband' Moment
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Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'Broadband' Moment

Thought your Internet speeds were slow? Try being a space scientist for a day.

Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020
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Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020

Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation.

NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss
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NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss

Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign last March, data from the new program are providing a dramatic...

NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars

Mars scientists are wrestling with a problem.

It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter
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It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its fourth flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4:57 a.m. PST (7:57 a.m. EST, 12:57 UTC).

Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented DetailĀ 
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Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented DetailĀ 

Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "Ring-Grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling...

A New Test for Life on Other Planets
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A New Test for Life on Other Planets

A simple chemistry method could vastly enhance how scientists search for signs of life on other planets.

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks
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Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying...

Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon
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Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures...

Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard
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Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits...
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