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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,...

Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge
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Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings since beginning its penultimate mission phase on...

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...

Nasa Saturn Mission Prepares For 'ring-Grazing Orbits'
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Nasa Saturn Mission Prepares For 'ring-Grazing Orbits'

A thrilling ride is about to begin for NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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 Small Satellites Will Take a Fresh Look at Earth
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Nasa Small Satellites Will Take a Fresh Look at Earth

Beginning this month, NASA is launching a suite of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative new approaches for studying...

Watching Summer Clouds on Titan
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Watching Summer Clouds on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft watched clouds of methane moving across the far northern regions of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, on Oct. 29­­­­ and 30, 2016.

Schiaparelli Impact Site on Mars, in Color
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Schiaparelli Impact Site on Mars, in Color

On Nov. 1, 2016, the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter observed the impact site of Europe's Schiaparelli...

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...

New Horizons Returns Last Bits of 2015 Flyby Data to Earth
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New Horizons Returns Last Bits of 2015 Flyby Data to Earth

Having traveled from the New Horizons spacecraft over 3.4 billion miles, or 5.5 billion kilometers (five hours, eight minutes at light speed), the final item—a...

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...

Camera on Mars Orbiter Shows Signs of Latest Mars Lander
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Camera on Mars Orbiter Shows Signs of Latest Mars Lander

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to Europe's Schiaparelli test lander...

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...

Teleporting Toward a Quantum Internet
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Teleporting Toward a Quantum Internet

Quantum physics is a field that appears to give scientists superpowers.

Building Blocks of Life's Building Blocks Come From Starlight
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Building Blocks of Life's Building Blocks Come From Starlight

Life exists in a myriad of wondrous forms, but if you break any organism down to its most basic parts, it's all the same stuff: carbon atoms connected to hydrogen...

Nasa's Opportunity Rover to Explore Mars Gully
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Nasa's Opportunity Rover to Explore Mars Gully

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover will drive down a gully carved long ago by a fluid that might have been water, according to the latest plans for the 12-year-old mission...

An Infrared Look at Hurricane Matthew from Nasa's Airs
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An Infrared Look at Hurricane Matthew from Nasa's Airs

Hurricane Matthew, currently an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, continues to bear down on the southeastern United...

Study Predicts Next Global Dust Storm on Mars
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Study Predicts Next Global Dust Storm on Mars

Global dust storms on Mars could soon become more predictable—which would be a boon for future astronauts there—if the next one follows a pattern suggested by those...

Nasa's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter
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Nasa's Curiosity Rover Begins Next Mars Chapter

After collecting drilled rock powder in arguably the most scenic landscape yet visited by a Mars rover, NASA's Curiosity mobile laboratory is driving toward uphill...
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