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2007 OR10: Largest Unnamed World in the Solar System
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2007 OR10: Largest Unnamed World in the Solar System

Dwarf planets tend to be a mysterious bunch. With the exception of Ceres, which resides in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, all members of this...

Nasa's Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered
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Nasa's Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

NASA's Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets—the single largest finding of planets to date.

Enceladus Jets: Surprises in Starlight
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Enceladus Jets: Surprises in Starlight

During a recent stargazing session, NASA's Cassini spacecraft watched a bright star pass behind the plume of gas and dust that spews from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus...

Found: Clues About Volcanoes Under Ice on Ancient Mars
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Found: Clues About Volcanoes Under Ice on Ancient Mars

Volcanoes erupted beneath an ice sheet on Mars billions of years ago, far from any ice sheet on the Red Planet today, new evidence from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance...

Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths
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Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths

We humans might not be the only ones to ponder our place in the universe.

Cassini Explores a Methane Sea on Titan
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Cassini Explores a Methane Sea on Titan

Of the hundreds of moons in our solar system, Titan is the only one with a dense atmosphere and large liquid reservoirs on its surface, making it in some ways more...

Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk
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Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk

Imagine you want to measure the size of a room, but it's completely dark. If you shout, you can tell if the space you're in is relatively big or small, depending...

Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust
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Saturn Spacecraft Samples Interstellar Dust

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected the faint but distinct signature of dust coming from beyond our solar system.

Nasa Study Solves Two Mysteries About Wobbling Earth
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Nasa Study Solves Two Mysteries About Wobbling Earth

Using satellite data on how water moves around Earth, NASA scientists have solved two mysteries about wobbles in the planet's rotation—one new and one more than...

Kepler Spacecraft in Emergency Mode
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Kepler Spacecraft in Emergency Mode

During a scheduled contact on Thursday, April 7, mission operations engineers discovered that the Kepler spacecraft was in Emergency Mode (EM). EM is the lowest...

Searching for Far Out and Wandering Worlds
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Searching for Far Out and Wandering Worlds

Astronomers have made great strides in discovering planets outside of our solar system, termed "exoplanets."

'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth
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'mixed Reality' Technology Brings Mars to Earth

What might it look like if you were walking around on Mars?

Bright Spots and Color Differences Revealed on Ceres
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Bright Spots and Color Differences Revealed on Ceres

Scientists from NASA's Dawn mission unveiled new images from the spacecraft's lowest orbit at Ceres, including highly anticipated views of Occator Crater, at the...

New Gravity Map Gives Best View Yet Inside Mars
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New Gravity Map Gives Best View Yet Inside Mars

A new map of Mars' gravity made with three NASA spacecraft is the most detailed to date, providing a revealing glimpse into the hidden interior of the Red Planet...

Science Papers Reveal New Aspects of Pluto and its Moons
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Science Papers Reveal New Aspects of Pluto and its Moons

A year ago, Pluto was just a bright speck in the cameras of NASA's approaching New Horizons spacecraft, not much different than its appearances in telescopes since...

Nasa's K2 Mission: The Kepler Space Telescope's Second Chance to Shine
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Nasa's K2 Mission: The Kepler Space Telescope's Second Chance to Shine

The engineers huddled around a telemetry screen, and the mood was tense. They were watching streams of data from a crippled spacecraft more than 50 million miles...

Nasa Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars Insight Mission
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Nasa Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars Insight Mission

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) mission to study the deep interior of Mars is targeting a new launch...

Dawn's First Year at Ceres: A Mountain Emerges
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Dawn's First Year at Ceres: A Mountain Emerges

One year ago, on March 6, 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft slid gently into orbit around Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects
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Versatile Instrument to Scout for Kuiper Belt Objects

At the Palomar Observatory near San Diego, astronomers are busy tinkering with a high-tech instrument that could discover a variety of objects both far from Earth...

Methane Snow on Pluto's Peaks
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Methane Snow on Pluto's Peaks

One of Pluto's most identifiable features, Cthulhu (pronounced kuh-THU-lu) stretches nearly halfway around Pluto's equator, starting from the west of the great...
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