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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...

Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk
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Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk

Imagine you want to measure the size of a room, but it's completely dark. If you shout, you can tell if the space you're in is relatively big or small, depending...

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.

Nasa Study Solves Two Mysteries About Wobbling Earth
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Nasa Study Solves Two Mysteries About Wobbling Earth

Using satellite data on how water moves around Earth, NASA scientists have solved two mysteries about wobbles in the planet's rotation—one new and one more than...

Searching for Far Out and Wandering Worlds
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Searching for Far Out and Wandering Worlds

Astronomers have made great strides in discovering planets outside of our solar system, termed "exoplanets."

Opportunity's Devilish View from on High
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Opportunity's Devilish View from on High

From its perch high on a ridge, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded this image of a Martian dust devil twisting through the valley below.

Rover Takes on Steepest Slope Ever Tried on Mars
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Rover Takes on Steepest Slope Ever Tried on Mars

NASA's long-lived Mars rover Opportunity is driving to an alternative hillside target after a climb on the steepest slope ever tackled by any Mars rover.

'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth
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'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth

What might it look like if you were walking around on Mars?

Cassini Spies Titan's Tallest Peaks
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Cassini Spies Titan's Tallest Peaks

In a nod to extraterrestrial mountaineers of the future, scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission have identified the highest point on Saturn's largest moon...

Bright Spots and Color Differences Revealed on Ceres
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Bright Spots and Color Differences Revealed on Ceres

Scientists from NASA's Dawn mission unveiled new images from the spacecraft's lowest orbit at Ceres, including highly anticipated views of Occator Crater, at the...

New Gravity Map Gives Best View Yet Inside Mars
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New Gravity Map Gives Best View Yet Inside Mars

A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet...

Astronomers Discover Colossal 'super Spiral' Galaxies
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Astronomers Discover Colossal 'super Spiral' Galaxies

A strange new kind of galactic beast has been spotted in the cosmic wilderness.

Nasa's K2 Mission: The Kepler Space Telescope's Second Chance to Shine
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Nasa's K2 Mission: The Kepler Space Telescope's Second Chance to Shine

The engineers huddled around a telemetry screen, and the mood was tense. They were watching streams of data from a crippled spacecraft more than 50 million miles...

Nasa Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars Insight Mission
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Nasa Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars Insight Mission

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of Mars is targeting a new launch...

Dawn's First Year at Ceres: A Mountain Emerges
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Dawn's First Year at Ceres: A Mountain Emerges

One year ago, on March 6, 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft slid gently into orbit around Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects
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Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects

At the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, astronomers are busy tinkering with a high-tech instrument that could discover a variety of objects both far from Earth...

Opportunity Mars Rover Goes Six-Wheeling up a Ridge
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Opportunity Mars Rover Goes Six-Wheeling up a Ridge

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is working adeptly in some of the most challenging terrain of the vehicle's 12 years on Mars, on a slope of about 30 degrees...

Nasa Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the ­niverse
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Nasa Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the ­niverse

After years of preparatory studies, NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe—the Wide Field Infrared...

Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study
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Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study

Here's a love story at the smallest scales imaginable: particles of light.
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