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Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch
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Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to wrap up its groundbreaking 11-year mission, which has included two successful extended missions at Ceres, it will continue...

Dawn's Latest Orbit Reveals Dramatic New Views of Occator Crater
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Dawn's Latest Orbit Reveals Dramatic New Views of Occator Crater

NASA's Dawn spacecraft reached its lowest-ever and final orbit around dwarf planet Ceres on June 6 and has been returning thousands of stunning images and other...

Complex Organics Bubble ­p from Enceladus
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Complex Organics Bubble ­p from Enceladus

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal complex organic molecules originating from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean world...

NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?
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NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?

In the last decade, we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that rocky, temperate worlds are numerous in our galaxy.

Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star
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Astronomers See Distant Eruption as Black Hole Destroys Star

For the first time, astronomers have directly imaged the formation and expansion of a fast-moving jet of material ejected when the powerful gravity of a supermassive...

Dawn Mission: New Orbit, New Opportunities
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Dawn Mission: New Orbit, New Opportunities

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is maneuvering to its lowest-ever orbit for a close-up examination of the inner solar system's only dwarf planet.

Take a Virtual Trip to a Strange New World with NASA
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Take a Virtual Trip to a Strange New World with NASA

Are you looking for an exotic destination to visit this summer? Why not take a virtual trip to an Earth-size planet beyond our solar system with NASA's interactive ...

Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks
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Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks

Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them.

Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes
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Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes

Scientists re-examining data from an old mission bring new insights to the tantalizing question of whether Jupiter's moon Europa has the ingredients to support...

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission
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Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars.

GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case
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GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case

Reports of the rapidly melting West Antarctic ice sheet often refer to how much the melting could add to global sea levels—as if meltwater raises the ocean evenly...

NASA's Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole
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NASA's Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole

Scientists working on NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter shared a 3-D infrared movie depicting densely packed cyclones and anticyclones that permeate the planet's polar...

'Marsquakes' Could Shake ­p Planetary Science
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'Marsquakes' Could Shake ­p Planetary Science

Starting next year, scientists will get their first look deep below the surface of Mars.

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars
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Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars

Astronomer Ed Shaya was in his office looking at data from NASA's Kepler space telescope in 2012 when he noticed something unusual: The light from a galaxy had...

NASA Dawn Reveals Recent Changes in Ceres' Surface
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NASA Dawn Reveals Recent Changes in Ceres' Surface

Observations of Ceres have detected recent variations in its surface, revealing that the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system is a dynamic body that continues...

NASA Juno finds Jupiter's Jet-Streams Are ­nearthly
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NASA Juno finds Jupiter's Jet-Streams Are ­nearthly

Data collected by NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter indicate that the atmospheric winds of the gas-giant planet run deep into its atmosphere and last longer than similar...

Curiosity Tests a New Way to Drill on Mars
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Curiosity Tests a New Way to Drill on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has conducted the first test of a new drilling technique on the Red Planet since its drill stopped working reliably.

New Nasa Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Questions
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New Nasa Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Questions

Why is the Arctic warming faster than the rest of the planet?

Vista From Mars Rover Looks Back Over Journey So Far
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Vista From Mars Rover Looks Back Over Journey So Far

A panoramic image that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took from a mountainside ridge provides a sweeping vista of key sites visited since the rover's 2012 landing,...

Geocarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas
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Geocarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas

A new NASA Earth science mission in the early stages of design may achieve a transformational advance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping...
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