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'mount Sharp' on Mars Links Geology's Past and Future
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'mount Sharp' on Mars Links Geology's Past and Future

One particular mountain on Mars, bigger than Colorado's grandest, has been beckoning would-be explorers since it was first sighted from orbit in the 1970s.

Nasa Pinning Down Where 'here' Is Better Than Ever
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Nasa Pinning Down Where 'here' Is Better Than Ever

Before our Global Positioning System navigation devices can tell us where we are, the satellites that make up the GPS need to know exactly where they are.

NASA Map Sees Earth's Trees in a New Light
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NASA Map Sees Earth's Trees in a New Light

A NASA-led science team has created an accurate, high-resolution map of the height of Earth's forests.

Spacecraft Computer Issue Resolved
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Spacecraft Computer Issue Resolved

Engineers have found the root cause of a computer reset that occurred two months ago on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory and have determined how to correct it.  

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Durable Nasa Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work

Eight years after landing on Mars for what was planned as a three-month mission, NASA's enduring Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is working on what essentially...

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Strongest Solar Radiation Storm Since September 2005 Could Reach Earth Today

The sun erupted late on January 22, 2012 with an M8.7 class flare, an earth-directed coronal mass ejection, and a burst of fast moving, highly energetic protons...

Trajectory Maneuver Slated for Jan. 11
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Trajectory Maneuver Slated for Jan. 11

An engine firing on Jan. 11 will be the biggest maneuver that NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft will perform on its flight between Earth and Mars.

'Greeley Haven' is Winter Workplace for Mars Rover
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'Greeley Haven' is Winter Workplace for Mars Rover

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will spend the next several months at a site informally named "Greeley Haven."

Nasa Captures New Images of Large Asteroid Passing Earth
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Nasa Captures New Images of Large Asteroid Passing Earth

NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. has captured new radar images of Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing close to Earth.

Robonaut Wakes Up In Space
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Robonaut Wakes Up In Space

After months of patiently snoring away in its storage bag, Robonaut 2—the first dexterous humanoid robot in space—finally got its wakeup call on Monday.

NASA Mars Rover Arrives at New Site on Martian Surface
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NASA Mars Rover Arrives at New Site on Martian Surface

After a journey of almost three years, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet’s Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before...

Nasa's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Science Orbits of Vesta
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Nasa's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Science Orbits of Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling toward its first of four intensive science orbits. That initial...

Nasa's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater
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Nasa's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater

NASA's next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet's Gale crater. The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, is scheduled...

Nasa Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Asteroid Vesta
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Nasa Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Asteroid Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On Friday, July 15, Dawn became the first...

Nasa Spacecraft to Enter Large Asteroid's Orbit on July 15
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Nasa Spacecraft to Enter Large Asteroid's Orbit on July 15

On July 15, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin a prolonged encounter with the asteroid Vesta, making the mission the first to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid...

Scientists Hope to Get Glimpse of Adolescent Universe from Revolutionary Instrument-on-a-Chip
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Scientists Hope to Get Glimpse of Adolescent Universe from Revolutionary Instrument-on-a-Chip

Scientists know what the universe looked like when it was a baby. They know what it looks like today. What they don't know is how it looked in its youth.

Dawn Nears Start of Year-Long Stay at Giant Asteroid
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Dawn Nears Start of Year-Long Stay at Giant Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid. The mission expects to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16 and begin...

Nasa Spacecraft Confirms Theories, Sees Surprises at Mercury
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Nasa Spacecraft Confirms Theories, Sees Surprises at Mercury

NASA scientists are making new discoveries about the planet Mercury. Data from MESSENGER, the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, is giving scientists important...

Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge
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Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge

Observations from NASA's Voyager spacecraft, humanity's farthest deep space sentinels, suggest the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with...

NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit
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NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit

NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010.
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