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35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn
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35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn

Saturn, with its alluring rings and numerous moons, has long fascinated stargazers and scientists.

Test For Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None
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Test For Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None

Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don't hold much water, according to the latest findings from...

Cassini Finds Flooded Canyons on Titan
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Cassini Finds Flooded Canyons on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found deep, steep-sided canyons on Saturn's moon Titan that are flooded with liquid hydrocarbons.

Curiosity Rover Report: Four Years on Mars
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Curiosity Rover Report: Four Years on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity celebrates its fourth year on Mars since landing at Gale crater on August 5, 2012.

Nasa Maps Thawed Areas Under Greenland Ice Sheet
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Nasa Maps Thawed Areas Under Greenland Ice Sheet

NASA researchers have helped produce the first map showing what parts of the bottom of the massive Greenland Ice Sheet are thawed—key information in better predicting...

What's Inside Ceres? New Findings from Gravity Data
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What's Inside Ceres? New Findings from Gravity Data

In the tens of thousands of photos returned by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the interior of Ceres isn't visible. But scientists have powerful data to study Ceres' inner...

Five Years Post-Launch, Juno Is at a Turning Point
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Five Years Post-Launch, Juno Is at a Turning Point

Five years after departing Earth, and a month after slipping into orbit around Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft is nearing a turning point.

Mars Gullies Likely Not Formed By Liquid Water
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Mars Gullies Likely Not Formed By Liquid Water

New findings using data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show that gullies on modern Mars are likely not being formed by flowing liquid water.

Chorus of Black Holes Sings in X-Rays
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Chorus of Black Holes Sings in X-Rays

Supermassive black holes in the universe are like a raucous choir singing in the language of X-rays. When black holes pull in surrounding matter, they let out powerful...

Nasa Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own
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Nasa Mars Rover Can Choose Laser Targets on Its Own

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is now selecting rock targets for its laser spectrometer—the first time autonomous target selection is available for an instrument of...

X Marks the Spot For Milky Way Formation
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X Marks the Spot For Milky Way Formation

A new understanding of our galaxy's structure began in an unlikely way: on Twitter. A research effort sparked by tweets led scientists to confirm that the Milky...

Nasa's Kepler Confirms 100+ Exoplanets During Its K2 Mission
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Nasa's Kepler Confirms 100+ Exoplanets During Its K2 Mission

An international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA's Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission.

NASA's Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch
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NASA's Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch

After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover,...

Nasa's Juno Spacecraft Sends First In-Orbit View
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Nasa's Juno Spacecraft Sends First In-Orbit View

The JunoCam camera aboard NASA's Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft's July 4 arrival at Jupiter.

Team Begins Powering Up Science Instruments
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Team Begins Powering Up Science Instruments

The engineers and scientists working on NASA's Juno mission have been busying themselves, getting their newly arrived Jupiter orbiter ready for operations around...

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues About Possible Water
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Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues About Possible Water

Puzzles persist about possible water at seasonally dark streaks on Martian slopes, according to a new study of thousands of such features in the Red Planet's largest...

Nasa Rover's Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise
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Nasa Rover's Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise

Some of the wind-sculpted sand ripples on Mars are a type not seen on Earth, and their relationship to the thin Martian atmosphere today provides new clues about...

Nasa's Juno Peers Inside a Giant
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Nasa's Juno Peers Inside a Giant

NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its long anticipated arrival at Jupiter on July 4. Coming face-to-face with the gas giant, Juno will begin to unravel some of the...

Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area
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Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area

The brightest area on Ceres, located in the mysterious Occator Crater, has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth, according to...

Nasa Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-Like Martian Past
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Nasa Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-Like Martian Past

Chemicals found in Martian rocks by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover suggest the Red Planet once had more oxygen in its atmosphere than it does now.
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