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A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets
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A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets

One telescope finds the treasure chest, and the other narrows in on the gold coins.

Astronomers ­pgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs
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Astronomers ­pgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs

The brilliant explosions of dead stars have been used for years to illuminate the far-flung reaches of our cosmos.

Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically ­seful Nitrogen on Mars
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Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically ­seful Nitrogen on Mars

A team using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite aboard NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first detection of nitrogen on the surface of Mars from...

On Pi Day, How Scientists Use This Number
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On Pi Day, How Scientists Use This Number

If you like numbers, you will love March 14, 2015.

Spacecraft Data Suggest Saturn Moon's Ocean May Harbor Hydrothermal Activity
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Spacecraft Data Suggest Saturn Moon's Ocean May Harbor Hydrothermal Activity

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first clear evidence that Saturn's moon Enceladus exhibits signs of present-day hydrothermal activity which...

Use of Rover Arm Expected to Resume in a Few Days
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Use of Rover Arm Expected to Resume in a Few Days

Managers of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover mission expect to approve resumption of rover arm movements as early as next week while continuing analysis of what appears...

Nasa Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet
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Nasa Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet.

Testing to Diagnose Power Event in Mars Rover
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Testing to Diagnose Power Event in Mars Rover

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is expected to remain stationary for several days of engineering analysis following an onboard fault-protection action on Feb. 27 that...

Nasa Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival
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Nasa Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres.

Study of Atmospheric 'froth' May Help Gps Communications
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Study of Atmospheric 'froth' May Help Gps Communications

When you don't know how to get to an unfamiliar place, you probably rely on a smart phone or other device with a Global Positioning System (GPS) module for guidance...

Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres
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Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres

Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

Why Comets Are Like Deep Fried Ice Cream
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Why Comets Are Like Deep Fried Ice Cream

Astronomers tinkering with ice and organics in the lab may have discovered why comets are encased in a hard, outer crust.

Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe
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Planck Mission Explores the History of Our Universe

Hot gas, dust and magnetic fields mingle in a colorful swirl in this new map of our Milky Way galaxy.

Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows
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Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows

Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures...

Hilltop Panorama Marks Mars Rover's 11th Anniversary
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Hilltop Panorama Marks Mars Rover's 11th Anniversary

A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit...

Nasa, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'work on Mars'
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Nasa, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'work on Mars'

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology...

Telescope to Seek Dust Where Other Earths May Lie
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Telescope to Seek Dust Where Other Earths May Lie

The NASA-funded Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, has completed its first study of dust in the "habitable zone" around a star, opening a new door...

Dawn Delivers New Image of Ceres
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Dawn Delivers New Image of Ceres

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in...

Crystal-Rich Rock 'mojave' Is Next Mars Drill Target
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Crystal-Rich Rock 'mojave' Is Next Mars Drill Target

A rock target where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is using its sample-collection drill this week may have a salty story to tell.

Nasa and Esa Celebrate 10 Years Since Titan Landing
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Nasa and Esa Celebrate 10 Years Since Titan Landing

Ten years ago, an explorer from Earth parachuted into the haze of an alien moon toward an uncertain fate.
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