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Nasa Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples
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Nasa Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples

NASA scientists have found a wide diversity of minerals in the initial samples of rocks collected by the Curiosity rover in the lowermost layers of Mount Sharp...

Nasa's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine
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Nasa's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data, with the spacecraft discovering 97 previously...

Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake
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Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a comprehensive...

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
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Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over

Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past, according to recent research from NASA's Cassini mission.

High-Silica 'halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars
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High-Silica 'halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars

Pale "halos" around fractures in bedrock analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain copious silica, indicating that ancient Mars had liquid water for a long...

A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from Nasa's Juno Mission
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A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from Nasa's Juno Mission

Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized...

Nasa Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments
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Nasa Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments

NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.

Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula
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Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula

Astronomers have produced a highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula, by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic...

Nasa Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars
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Nasa Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars

As it drives uphill from a band of rippled sand dunes, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is toting a fistful of dark sand for onboard analysis that will complete the...

'iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing
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'iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.

Nasa's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'tribulation' 
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Nasa's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'tribulation' 

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination...

'space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering
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'space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering

Raul Polit Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how materials are used for design...

Nasa Missions Provide New Insights Into 'ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System
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Nasa Missions Provide New Insights Into 'ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and...

Nasa's Cassini Mission Prepares For 'grand Finale' at Saturn
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Nasa's Cassini Mission Prepares For 'grand Finale' at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story.

New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target
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New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target

Continuing on its path through the outer regions of the solar system, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has now traveled half the distance from Pluto—its storied first...

Origami-Inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
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Origami-Inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.

Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
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Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics—Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars...

Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
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Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles.

Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan
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Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of...

New Nasa Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft
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New Nasa Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth's orbit can be a technological challenge.
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