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Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust
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Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today.

Nasa's Europa Flyby Mission Moves Into Design Phase
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Nasa's Europa Flyby Mission Moves Into Design Phase

A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA...

Nasa's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter
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Nasa's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the...

Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'broadband' Moment
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Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'broadband' Moment

Thought your Internet speeds were slow? Try being a space scientist for a day.

Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites For Mars 2020
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Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites For Mars 2020

Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars

Mars scientists are wrestling with a problem.

Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in ­nprecedented Detail
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Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in ­nprecedented Detail

Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "Ring-Grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling...

A New Test For Life on Other Planets
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A New Test For Life on Other Planets

A simple chemistry method could vastly enhance how scientists search for signs of life on other planets.

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks
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Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying...

Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard
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Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits...

Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map For Voyagers' Galactic Trek
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Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map For Voyagers' Galactic Trek

NASA's two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system.

Where Is the Ice on Ceres? New Nasa Dawn Findings
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Where Is the Ice on Ceres? New Nasa Dawn Findings

At first glance, Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, may not look icy.

Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: Nasa
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Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: Nasa

As Earth warms, much of the extra heat is stored in the planet's ocean—but monitoring the magnitude of that heat content is a difficult task.

Spinoff 2017: Nasa Tech Makes a Difference on Earth
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Spinoff 2017: Nasa Tech Makes a Difference on Earth

NASA has released its Spinoff 2017 publication, which takes a close look at 50 different companies that are using NASA technology—innovations developed by NASA,...

Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto's Icy Heart
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Scientists Probe Mystery of Pluto's Icy Heart

Scientists are offering several new scenarios to explain the formation of Pluto's frozen heart-shaped feature, first spotted by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft in...

Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior
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Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what's in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using...

New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher
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New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher

The brightest area on Ceres stands out amid shadowy, cratered terrain in a dramatic new view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken as it looked off to the side of...

Nasa Moon Mission Shares Insights Into Giant Impacts
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Nasa Moon Mission Shares Insights Into Giant Impacts

New results from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission are providing insights into the huge impacts that dominated the early history of...

Further Clues to Fate of Mars Lander, Seen From Orbit
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Further Clues to Fate of Mars Lander, Seen From Orbit

The most powerful telescope orbiting Mars is providing new details of the scene near the Martian equator where Europe's Schiaparelli test lander hit the surface...

New Horizons: Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish
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New Horizons: Possible Clouds on Pluto, Next Target is Reddish

The next target for NASA's New Horizons mission—which made a historic flight past Pluto in July 2015—apparently bears a colorful resemblance to its famous, main...
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