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Comet Hitchhiker Would Take Tour of Small Bodies
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Comet Hitchhiker Would Take Tour of Small Bodies

Catching a ride from one solar system body to another isn't easy. You have to figure out how to land your spacecraft safely and then get it on its way to the next...

Nasa's New Horizons Team Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target
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Nasa's New Horizons Team Selects Potential Kuiper Belt Flyby Target

This remote KBO was one of two identified as potential destinations and the one recommended to NASA by the New Horizons team. Although NASA has selected 2014 MU69...

Nine Real Nasa Technologies in 'the Martian'
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Nine Real Nasa Technologies in 'the Martian'

Mars has held a central place in human imagination and culture for millennia.

The Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise
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The Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise

When you fill a sink, the water rises at the same rate to the same height in every corner. That's not the way it works with our rising seas.

Warming Seas and Melting Ice Sheets
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Warming Seas and Melting Ice Sheets

Sea level rise is a natural consequence of the warming of our planet.

Cassini's Final Breathtaking Close Views of Dione
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Cassini's Final Breathtaking Close Views of Dione

A pockmarked, icy landscape looms beneath NASA's Cassini spacecraft in new images of Saturn's moon Dione taken during the mission's last close approach to the small...

Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione
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Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will zip past Saturn's moon Dione on Monday, Aug. 17—the final close flyby of this icy satellite during the spacecraft's long mission.

Rosetta Comet Outburst Captured
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Rosetta Comet Outburst Captured

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has been witnessing growing activity from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the comet approaches perihelion (its...

Extreme Access Flyer to Take Planetary Exploration Airborne
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Extreme Access Flyer to Take Planetary Exploration Airborne

Swamp Works engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are inventing a flying robotic vehicle that can gather samples on other worlds in places inaccessible...

New Online Exploring Tools Bring NASA's Journey to Mars to New Generation
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New Online Exploring Tools Bring NASA's Journey to Mars to New Generation

On the three-year anniversary of the Mars landing of NASA's Curiosity rover, NASA is unveiling two new online tools that open the mysterious terrain of the Redjourney...

Nasa's New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto
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Nasa's New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto

Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA's New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders...

NASA's Curiosity Rover Inspects ­nusual Bedrock
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Inspects ­nusual Bedrock

Approaching the third anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found a target unlike anything it has studied before—bedrock with surprisingly...

A Wi-Fi Reflector Chip To Speed ­p Wearables
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A Wi-Fi Reflector Chip To Speed ­p Wearables

Whether you're tracking your steps, monitoring your health or sending photos from a smart watch, you want the battery life of your wearable device to last as long...

NASA's New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto's 'Heart'
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NASA's New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto's 'Heart'

In the latest data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million...

Nasa's New Horizons: A 'heart' from Pluto as Flyby Begins
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Nasa's New Horizons: A 'heart' from Pluto as Flyby Begins

After a more than nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to Pluto, it's show time for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, as the flyby sequence of science observations...

Nasa Explains Why June 30 Will Get Extra Second
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Nasa Explains Why June 30 Will Get Extra Second

The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be added.

Rosetta's Miro Instrument Maps Comet Water
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Rosetta's Miro Instrument Maps Comet Water

Since last September, scientists using NASA's Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have generated maps...

Saturn Spacecraft to Buzz Icy Moon Dione June 16
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Saturn Spacecraft to Buzz Icy Moon Dione June 16

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make a close flyby of Saturn's moon Dione on June 16, coming within 321 miles (516 kilometers) of the moon's surface.

Nasa Spacecraft Detects Impact Glass on Surface of Mars
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Nasa Spacecraft Detects Impact Glass on Surface of Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has detected deposits of glass within impact craters on Mars.

Nasa's Hubble Finds Pluto's Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos
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Nasa's Hubble Finds Pluto's Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos

If you lived on one of Pluto's moons, you might have a hard time determining when, or from which direction, the sun will rise each day.
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