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Nasa Scientists Discover ­nexpected Mineral on Mars
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Nasa Scientists Discover ­nexpected Mineral on Mars

Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.

Nasa's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star
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Nasa's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star

Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected.

Nasa's Juno Spacecraft to Risk Jupiter's Fireworks For Science
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Nasa's Juno Spacecraft to Risk Jupiter's Fireworks For Science

On July 4, NASA will fly a solar-powered spacecraft the size of a basketball court within 2,900 miles (4,667 kilometers) of the cloud tops of our solar system's...

Rover Opportunity Wrapping ­p Study of Martian Valley
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Rover Opportunity Wrapping ­p Study of Martian Valley

"Marathon Valley," slicing through a large crater's rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA's Opportunity rover since July 2015, but the rover...

Nasa Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain
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Nasa Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has analyzed its 12th drilled sample of Mars. This sample came from mudstone bedrock, which the rover resumed climbing in late May after...

Nasa Mars Orbiters Reveal Seasonal Dust Storm Pattern
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Nasa Mars Orbiters Reveal Seasonal Dust Storm Pattern

After decades of research to discern seasonal patterns in Martian dust storms from images showing the dust, but the clearest pattern appears to be captured by measuring...

Lisa Pathfinder Mission Paves Way For Space-Based Detection of Gravitational Waves
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Lisa Pathfinder Mission Paves Way For Space-Based Detection of Gravitational Waves

LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA) with contributions from NASA, has successfully tested a key technology needed to build a space...

Fifty Years of Moon Dust: Surveyor 1 Was a Pathfinder For Apollo
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Fifty Years of Moon Dust: Surveyor 1 Was a Pathfinder For Apollo

Before humans could take their first steps on the moon, that mysterious and forbidding surface had to be reconnoitered by robots.

Nasa Radar Finds Ice Age Record in Mars' Polar Cap
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Nasa Radar Finds Ice Age Record in Mars' Polar Cap

Scientists using radar data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the planet's north...

Nasa Telescopes Find Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly
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Nasa Telescopes Find Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly

Using data from NASA's Great Observatories, astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive...

Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance
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Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance

A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even...

New Study Maps Rate of New Orleans Sinking
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New Study Maps Rate of New Orleans Sinking

New Orleans and surrounding areas continue to sink at highly variable rates due to a combination of natural geologic and human-induced processes, finds a new NASA...

Second Cycle of Martian Seasons Completing For Curiosity Rover
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Second Cycle of Martian Seasons Completing For Curiosity Rover

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover completed its second Martian year since landing inside Gale Crater nearly four Earth years ago, which means it has recorded environmental...

2007 OR10: Largest Unnamed World in the Solar System
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2007 OR10: Largest Unnamed World in the Solar System

Dwarf planets tend to be a mysterious bunch. With the exception of Ceres, which resides in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, all members of this...

Nasa's Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered
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Nasa's Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

NASA's Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets—the single largest finding of planets to date.

Enceladus Jets: Surprises in Starlight
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Enceladus Jets: Surprises in Starlight

During a recent stargazing session, NASA's Cassini spacecraft watched a bright star pass behind the plume of gas and dust that spews from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus...

Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau
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Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Rugged Plateau

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has nearly finished crossing a stretch of the most rugged and difficult-to-navigate terrain encountered during the mission's 44 months...

Cassini Explores a Methane Sea on Titan
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Cassini Explores a Methane Sea on Titan

Of the hundreds of moons in our solar system, Titan is the only one with a dense atmosphere and large liquid reservoirs on its surface, making it in some ways more...

New Ceres Images Show Bright Craters
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New Ceres Images Show Bright Craters

Craters with bright material on dwarf planet Ceres shine in new images from NASA's Dawn mission.

Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust
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Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected the faint but distinct signature of dust coming from beyond our solar system.
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