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Cassini Nears 100th Titan Flyby with a Look Back
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Cassini Nears 100th Titan Flyby with a Look Back

Ten years ago, we knew Titan as a fuzzy orange ball about the size of Mercury.

Nasa's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza
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Nasa's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets.

Nasa's Nustar ­ntangles Mystery of How Stars Explode
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Nasa's Nustar ­ntangles Mystery of How Stars Explode

One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, finally is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope...

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet
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Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt,...

NASA's Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets
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NASA's Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets

More than three-quarters of the planet candidates discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft have sizes ranging from that of Earth to that of Neptune, which is nearly...

Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth
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Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth

Eighth graders didn't have Facebook or Twitter to share news back then, in January 2004.

Dawn Creates Guide to Vesta's Hidden Attractions
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Dawn Creates Guide to Vesta's Hidden Attractions

Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance.

Nasa Curiosity: First Mars Age Measurement and Human Exploration Help
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Nasa Curiosity: First Mars Age Measurement and Human Exploration Help

NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions.

Scientists Seek Other Scientists For Cosmology Problem
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Scientists Seek Other Scientists For Cosmology Problem

How do you measure something that is invisible?

It's Complicated: Dawn Spurs Rewrite of Vesta's Story
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It's Complicated: Dawn Spurs Rewrite of Vesta's Story

Just when scientists thought they had a tidy theory for how the giant asteroid Vesta formed, a new paper from NASA's Dawn mission suggests the history is more complicated...

Black Holes Don't Make a Big Splash
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Black Holes Don't Make a Big Splash

Throughout our universe, tucked inside galaxies far, far away, giant black holes are pairing up and merging.

Managing the Deluge of 'big Data' From Space
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Managing the Deluge of 'big Data' From Space

For NASA and its dozens of missions, data pour in every day like rushing rivers.

Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of Nasa Mars Rover
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Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of Nasa Mars Rover

NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and...

NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane on Mars
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NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane on Mars

Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data reported by U.S. and...

NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space
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NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space. The 36-year-old probe is about 12 billion miles (19 billion...

Nasa's Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation
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Nasa's Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used autonomous navigation for the first time, a capability that lets the rover decide for itself how to drive safely on Mars.

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Celebrates 10 Years in Space
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NASA's Spitzer Telescope Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Ten years after a Delta II rocket launched NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, lighting up the night sky over Cape Canaveral, Fla., the fourth of the agency's four...

Jpl, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software
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Jpl, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software

A year after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landed on Mars, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are testing a sophisticated flight...

If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?
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If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?

Most of what scientists know of Jupiter's moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA's Galileo...

Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues to Atmosphere's Past
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Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues to Atmosphere's Past

A pair of new papers report measurements of the Martian atmosphere's composition by NASA's Curiosity rover, providing evidence about loss of much of Mars' original...
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