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Wind, Warm Water Revved ­p Melting Antarctic Glaciers
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Wind, Warm Water Revved ­p Melting Antarctic Glaciers

A NASA study has located the Antarctic glaciers that accelerated the fastest between 2008 and 2014 and finds that the most likely cause of their speedup is an observed...

After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy
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After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future...

Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery
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Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

Scientists on NASA''s Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful...

Nasa's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet
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Nasa's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California...

25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting
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25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of a revolutionary ocean research vessel—a space "ship."

New Clues to ­niverse's Structure Revealed
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New Clues to ­niverse's Structure Revealed

What is our universe made of, and has its composition changed over time?

Two Voyagers Taught ­S How to Listen to Space
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Two Voyagers Taught ­S How to Listen to Space

As NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft were changing our understanding of the solar system, they also spurred a leap in spacecraft communications.

Nasa's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching For the Stars After 40 Years
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Nasa's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching For the Stars After 40 Years

Humanity's farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September. Despite their vast distance...

Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought
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Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study.

Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale
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Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding—so far—that the planet's magnetic...

Nasa's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
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Nasa's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.

Sleuthing For Seismic Answers in the Sooner State
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Sleuthing For Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Oklahomans are no strangers to Mother Nature's whims.

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...
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