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Nasa's Kepler Confirms 100+ Exoplanets During Its K2 Mission
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Nasa's Kepler Confirms 100+ Exoplanets During Its K2 Mission

An international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA's Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission.

NASA's Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch
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NASA's Next Mars Rover Progresses Toward 2020 Launch

After an extensive review process and passing a major development milestone, NASA is ready to proceed with final design and construction of its next Mars rover,...

Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues About Possible Water
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Mars Canyons Study Adds Clues About Possible Water

Puzzles persist about possible water at seasonally dark streaks on Martian slopes, according to a new study of thousands of such features in the Red Planet's largest...

Nasa Rover's Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise
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Nasa Rover's Sand-Dune Studies Yield Surprise

Some of the wind-sculpted sand ripples on Mars are a type not seen on Earth, and their relationship to the thin Martian atmosphere today provides new clues about...

Nasa's Juno Peers Inside a Giant
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Nasa's Juno Peers Inside a Giant

NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its long anticipated arrival at Jupiter on July 4. Coming face-to-face with the gas giant, Juno will begin to unravel some of the...

Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area
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Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area

The brightest area on Ceres, located in the mysterious Occator Crater, has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth, according to...

Nasa Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-Like Martian Past
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Nasa Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-Like Martian Past

Chemicals found in Martian rocks by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover suggest the Red Planet once had more oxygen in its atmosphere than it does now.

Nasa's Juno Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter
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Nasa's Juno Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter

Last Friday (6/24), at exactly 9:57 and 48 seconds a.m. PDT, NASA's Juno spacecraft was 5.5 million miles (8.9 million kilometers) from its July 4th appointment...

Nasa Scientists Discover ­nexpected Mineral on Mars
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Nasa Scientists Discover ­nexpected Mineral on Mars

Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.

Nasa's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star
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Nasa's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star

Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected.

Rover Opportunity Wrapping ­p Study of Martian Valley
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Rover Opportunity Wrapping ­p Study of Martian Valley

"Marathon Valley," slicing through a large crater's rim on Mars, has provided fruitful research targets for NASA's Opportunity rover since July 2015, but the rover...

Nasa Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain
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Nasa Mars Rover Descends Plateau, Turns Toward Mountain

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has analyzed its 12th drilled sample of Mars. This sample came from mudstone bedrock, which the rover resumed climbing in late May after...

Nasa Mars Orbiters Reveal Seasonal Dust Storm Pattern
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Nasa Mars Orbiters Reveal Seasonal Dust Storm Pattern

After decades of research to discern seasonal patterns in Martian dust storms from images showing the dust, but the clearest pattern appears to be captured by measuring...

Lisa Pathfinder Mission Paves Way For Space-Based Detection of Gravitational Waves
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Lisa Pathfinder Mission Paves Way For Space-Based Detection of Gravitational Waves

LISA Pathfinder, a mission led by the European Space Agency (ESA) with contributions from NASA, has successfully tested a key technology needed to build a space...

Fifty Years of Moon Dust: Surveyor 1 Was a Pathfinder For Apollo
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Fifty Years of Moon Dust: Surveyor 1 Was a Pathfinder For Apollo

Before humans could take their first steps on the moon, that mysterious and forbidding surface had to be reconnoitered by robots.

Pluto's Heart: Like a Cosmic 'lava Lamp'
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Pluto's Heart: Like a Cosmic 'lava Lamp'

Combining computer models with topographic and compositional data gathered by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft last summer, New Horizons team members have determined...

Nasa Radar Finds Ice Age Record in Mars' Polar Cap
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Nasa Radar Finds Ice Age Record in Mars' Polar Cap

Scientists using radar data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found a record of the most recent Martian ice age recorded in the planet's north...

Nasa Telescopes Find Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly
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Nasa Telescopes Find Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly

Using data from NASA's Great Observatories, astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive...

Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance
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Europa's Ocean May Have An Earthlike Chemical Balance

A new NASA study modeling conditions in the ocean of Jupiter's moon Europa suggests that the necessary balance of chemical energy for life could exist there, even...

New Study Maps Rate of New Orleans Sinking
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New Study Maps Rate of New Orleans Sinking

New Orleans and surrounding areas continue to sink at highly variable rates due to a combination of natural geologic and human-induced processes, finds a new NASA...
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