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Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard
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Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits...

Where Is the Ice on Ceres? New Nasa Dawn Findings
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Where Is the Ice on Ceres? New Nasa Dawn Findings

At first glance, Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, may not look icy.

Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: Nasa
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Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: Nasa

As Earth warms, much of the extra heat is stored in the planet's ocean—but monitoring the magnitude of that heat content is a difficult task.

Spinoff 2017: Nasa Tech Makes a Difference on Earth
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Spinoff 2017: Nasa Tech Makes a Difference on Earth

NASA has released its Spinoff 2017 publication, which takes a close look at 50 different companies that are using NASA technology—innovations developed by NASA,...

Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior
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Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what's in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using...

New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher
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New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher

The brightest area on Ceres stands out amid shadowy, cratered terrain in a dramatic new view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken as it looked off to the side of...

Nasa Moon Mission Shares Insights Into Giant Impacts
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Nasa Moon Mission Shares Insights Into Giant Impacts

New results from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission are providing insights into the huge impacts that dominated the early history of...

Further Clues to Fate of Mars Lander, Seen From Orbit
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Further Clues to Fate of Mars Lander, Seen From Orbit

The most powerful telescope orbiting Mars is providing new details of the scene near the Martian equator where Europe's Schiaparelli test lander hit the surface...

New Horizons: Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish
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New Horizons: Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish

The next target for NASA's New Horizons mission—which made a historic flight past Pluto in July 2015—apparently bears a colorful resemblance to its famous, main...

Teleporting Toward a Quantum Internet
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Teleporting Toward a Quantum Internet

Quantum physics is a field that appears to give scientists superpowers.

Building Blocks of Life's Building Blocks Come From Starlight
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Building Blocks of Life's Building Blocks Come From Starlight

Life exists in a myriad of wondrous forms, but if you break any organism down to its most basic parts, it's all the same stuff: carbon atoms connected to hydrogen...

Study Predicts Next Global Dust Storm on Mars
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Study Predicts Next Global Dust Storm on Mars

Global dust storms on Mars could soon become more predictable—which would be a boon for future astronauts there—if the next one follows a pattern suggested by those...

Nasa's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter
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Nasa's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter

After collecting drilled rock powder in arguably the most scenic landscape yet visited by a Mars rover, NASA's Curiosity mobile laboratory is driving toward uphill...

Farewell Rosetta: Esa Mission to End on Comet Surface
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Farewell Rosetta: Esa Mission to End on Comet Surface

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission will come to a dramatic end on Friday,

Hubble: Possible Water Plumes on Jupiter's Moon Europa
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Hubble: Possible Water Plumes on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.

Nasa Scientists Find 'impossible' Cloud on Titan--Again
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Nasa Scientists Find 'impossible' Cloud on Titan--Again

The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought—possibly...

Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn
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Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage.

Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations
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Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations

The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which is currently exploring the "Murray...

Titan's Dunes and Other Features Emerge in New Images
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Titan's Dunes and Other Features Emerge in New Images

New scenes from a frigid alien landscape are coming to light in recent radar images of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Ceres' Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research
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Ceres' Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research

A lonely 3-mile-high (5-kilometer-high) mountain on Ceres is likely volcanic in origin, and the dwarf planet may have a weak, temporary atmosphere.
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