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Fresh Findings From Cassini
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Fresh Findings From Cassini

NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its journey on Sept. 15 with an intentional plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, but analysis continues on the mountain of data...

Nasa Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
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Nasa Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located...

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life
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Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on...

The Super-Earth that Came Home For Dinner
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The Super-Earth that Came Home For Dinner

It might be lingering bashfully on the icy outer edges of our solar system, hiding in the dark, but subtly pulling strings behind the scenes: stretching out the...

Wind, Warm Water Revved ­p Melting Antarctic Glaciers
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Wind, Warm Water Revved ­p Melting Antarctic Glaciers

A NASA study has located the Antarctic glaciers that accelerated the fastest between 2008 and 2014 and finds that the most likely cause of their speedup is an observed...

After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy
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After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future...

Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery
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Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

Scientists on NASA''s Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful...

Nasa's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet
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Nasa's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California...

25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting
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25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of a revolutionary ocean research vessel—a space "ship."

New Clues to ­niverse's Structure Revealed
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New Clues to ­niverse's Structure Revealed

What is our universe made of, and has its composition changed over time?

New Horizons' Next Target Just Got a Lot More Interesting
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New Horizons' Next Target Just Got a Lot More Interesting

Could the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft actually be two targets?

Two Voyagers Taught ­S How to Listen to Space
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Two Voyagers Taught ­S How to Listen to Space

As NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft were changing our understanding of the solar system, they also spurred a leap in spacecraft communications.

Nasa's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching For the Stars After 40 Years
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Nasa's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching For the Stars After 40 Years

Humanity's farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September. Despite their vast distance...

Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought
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Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study.

Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale
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Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding—so far—that the planet's magnetic...

Nasa Video Soars Over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
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Nasa Video Soars Over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains

 In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons – amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a...

Nasa's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
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Nasa's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.

Sleuthing For Seismic Answers in the Sooner State
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Sleuthing For Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Oklahomans are no strangers to Mother Nature's whims.

Nasa Completes Study of Future 'ice Giant' Mission Concepts
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Nasa Completes Study of Future 'ice Giant' Mission Concepts

A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released—the first in a series...

Nustar's First Five Years in Space
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Nustar's First Five Years in Space

Five years ago, on June 13, 2012, Caltech's Fiona Harrison, principal investigator of NASA's NuSTAR mission, watched with her team as their black-hole-spying spacecraft...
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