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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...

Pluto's 'hulk-Like' Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?
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Pluto's 'hulk-Like' Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?

Pluto's largest moon may have gotten too big for its own skin.

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.

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.

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.

Nasa's Van Allen Probes Revolutionize View of Radiation Belts
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Nasa's Van Allen Probes Revolutionize View of Radiation Belts

About 600 miles from Earth's surface is the first of two donut-shaped electron swarms, known as the Van Allen Belts, or the radiation belts.

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...

Nasa Suspends 2016 Launch of Insight Mission to Mars
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Nasa Suspends 2016 Launch of Insight Mission to Mars

After thorough examination, NASA managers have decided to suspend the planned March 2016 launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy...

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's Fermi Satellite Kicks Off a Blazar-Detecting Bonanza
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Nasa's Fermi Satellite Kicks Off a Blazar-Detecting Bonanza

A long time ago in a galaxy half the universe away, a flood of high-energy gamma rays began its journey to Earth.

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.

New Horizons Returns First, Best Images of Pluto
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New Horizons Returns First, Best Images of Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby—and the best close-ups of Pluto...

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...

Strange Star Likely Swarmed By Comets
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Strange Star Likely Swarmed By Comets

A star called KIC 8462852 has been in the news recently for unexplained and bizarre behavior.
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