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Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers
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Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers

A study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, shows, in detail, the reason why...

Saturn's Rings: Less Than Meets the Eye?
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Saturn's Rings: Less Than Meets the Eye?

It seems intuitive that an opaque material should contain more stuff than a more translucent substance.

Sandy Selfie Sent from Nasa Mars Rover
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Sandy Selfie Sent from Nasa Mars Rover

The latest self-portrait from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the car-size mobile laboratory beside a dark dune where it has been scooping and sieving samples...

New Animation Takes a Colorful Flight Over Ceres
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New Animation Takes a Colorful Flight Over Ceres

A colorful new animation shows a simulated flight over the surface of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand
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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand

At its current location for inspecting an active sand dune, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is adding some sample-processing moves not previously used on Mars.

Most Luminous Galaxy Is Ripping Itself Apart
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Most Luminous Galaxy Is Ripping Itself Apart

In a far-off galaxy, 12.4 billion light-years from Earth, a ravenous black hole is devouring galactic grub. Its feeding frenzy produces so much energy, it stirs...

New Details on Ceres Seen in Dawn Images
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New Details on Ceres Seen in Dawn Images

Features on dwarf planet Ceres that piqued the interest of scientists throughout 2015 stand out in exquisite detail in the latest images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft...

Andromeda Galaxy Scanned with High-Energy X-Ray Vision
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Andromeda Galaxy Scanned with High-Energy X-Ray Vision

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has captured the best high-energy X-ray view yet of a portion of our nearest large, neighboring galaxy,...

Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'namib Dune' on Mars
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Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'namib Dune' on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, partway through the first up-close study ever conducted of extraterrestrial sand dunes, is providing dramatic views of a dune's steep...

Lowdown on Ceres: Images From Dawn's Closest Orbit
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Lowdown on Ceres: Images From Dawn's Closest Orbit

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, cruising in its lowest and final orbit at dwarf planet Ceres, has delivered the first images from its best-ever viewpoint.

Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby
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Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting data and images from the mission's final close flyby of Saturn's active moon Enceladus. Cassini passed Enceladus...

Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles For Mars Rover Team
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Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles For Mars Rover Team

In detective stories, as the plot thickens, an unexpected clue often delivers more questions than answers.

Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time
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Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

A thrilling chapter in the exploration of the solar system will soon conclude, as NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft makes its final close flyby of the ocean...

Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches Sand Dunes
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Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches Sand Dunes

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has begun an up-close investigation of dark sand dunes up to two stories tall. The dunes are on the rover's trek up the lower portion...

New Clues to Ceres' Bright Spots and Origins
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New Clues to Ceres' Bright Spots and Origins

Ceres reveals some of its well-kept secrets in two new studies in the journal Nature, thanks to data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

To Jupiter with Junocam!
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To Jupiter with Junocam!

When NASA's Juno mission arrives at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, new views of the giant planet's swirling clouds will be sent back to Earth, courtesy of its color camera...

Nasa Space Telescopes See Magnified Image of Faintest Galaxy from Early ­niverse
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Nasa Space Telescopes See Magnified Image of Faintest Galaxy from Early ­niverse

Astronomers harnessing the combined power of NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have found the faintest object ever seen in the early universe. It existed...

­pgrade Helps Nasa Study Mineral Veins on Mars
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­pgrade Helps Nasa Study Mineral Veins on Mars

Scientists now have a better understanding about a site with the most chemically diverse mineral veins NASA's Curiosity rover has examined on Mars, thanks in part...

Nasa Finds New Way to Track Ocean Currents from Space
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Nasa Finds New Way to Track Ocean Currents from Space

A team of NASA and university scientists has developed a new way to use satellite measurements to track changes in Atlantic Ocean currents, which are a driving...

Rewrite of Onboard Memory Planned For Nasa Mars Orbiter
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Rewrite of Onboard Memory Planned For Nasa Mars Orbiter

Tables stored in flash memory aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) tell locations of Earth and the sun for the past 10 years, but not their locations...
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