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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...

'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.

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.

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.

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...

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'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.

Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in ­nprecedented Detail
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Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in ­nprecedented Detail

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...
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