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NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts
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NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts

A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released—the first in a series...

NuSTAR's First Five Years in Space
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NuSTAR's First Five Years in Space

Five years ago, on June 13, 2012, Caltech's Fiona Harrison, principal investigator of NASA's NuSTAR mission, watched with her team as their black-hole-spying spacecraft...

NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples
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NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples

NASA scientists have found a wide diversity of minerals in the initial samples of rocks collected by the Curiosity rover in the lowermost layers of Mount Sharp...

NASA's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine
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NASA's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data, with the spacecraft discovering 97 previously...

Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake
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Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a comprehensive...

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
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Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over

Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past, according to recent research from NASA's Cassini mission.

High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars
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High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars

Pale "halos" around fractures in bedrock analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain copious silica, indicating that ancient Mars had liquid water for a long...

A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission
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A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission

Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized...

Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula
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Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula

Astronomers have produced a highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula, by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic...

NASA Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars
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NASA Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars

As it drives uphill from a band of rippled sand dunes, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is toting a fistful of dark sand for onboard analysis that will complete the...

New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn
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New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn

A new movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as the spacecraft swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between...

NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings
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NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April...

'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing
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'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.

Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones
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Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 
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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination...

'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering
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'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering

Raul Polit Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how materials are used for design...

NASA's Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn
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NASA's Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story.

Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits
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Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished...

NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs
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NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs

NASA pulled off a scientific double play in Hawaii this winter, using the same instruments and aircraft to study both volcanoes and coral reefs.

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.
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