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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...

Farewell Rosetta: Esa Mission to End on Comet Surface
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Farewell Rosetta: Esa Mission to End on Comet Surface

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta mission will come to a dramatic end on Friday,

Hubble: Possible Water Plumes on Jupiter's Moon Europa
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Hubble: Possible Water Plumes on Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.

Nasa Scientists Find 'impossible' Cloud on Titan--Again
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Nasa Scientists Find 'impossible' Cloud on Titan--Again

The puzzling appearance of an ice cloud seemingly out of thin air has prompted NASA scientists to suggest that a different process than previously thought—possibly...

Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn
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Cassini Begins Epic Final Year at Saturn

After more than 12 years studying Saturn, its rings and moons, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has entered the final year of its epic voyage.

Pluto 'paints' Its Largest Moon Red
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Pluto 'paints' Its Largest Moon Red

In June 2015, when the cameras on NASA's approaching New Horizons spacecraft first spotted the large reddish polar region on Pluto's largest moon, Charon, mission...

Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations
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Mars Rover Views Spectacular Layered Rock Formations

The layered geologic past of Mars is revealed in stunning detail in new color images returned by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which is currently exploring the "Murray...

Titan's Dunes and Other Features Emerge in New Images
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Titan's Dunes and Other Features Emerge in New Images

New scenes from a frigid alien landscape are coming to light in recent radar images of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Ceres' Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research
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Ceres' Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research

A lonely 3-mile-high (5-kilometer-high) mountain on Ceres is likely volcanic in origin, and the dwarf planet may have a weak, temporary atmosphere.

Nasa's Juno to Soar Closest to Jupiter This Saturday
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Nasa's Juno to Soar Closest to Jupiter This Saturday

This Saturday at 5:51 a.m. PDT, (8:51 a.m. EDT, 12:51 UTC) NASA's Juno spacecraft will get closer to the cloud tops of Jupiter than at any other time during its...

35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn
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35 Years On, Voyager's Legacy Continues at Saturn

Saturn, with its alluring rings and numerous moons, has long fascinated stargazers and scientists.

Test For Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None
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Test For Damp Ground at Mars' Seasonal Streaks Finds None

Seasonal dark streaks on Mars that have become one of the hottest topics in interplanetary research don't hold much water, according to the latest findings from...

Cassini Finds Flooded Canyons on Titan
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Cassini Finds Flooded Canyons on Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found deep, steep-sided canyons on Saturn's moon Titan that are flooded with liquid hydrocarbons.

Curiosity Rover Report: Four Years on Mars
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Curiosity Rover Report: Four Years on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity celebrates its fourth year on Mars since landing at Gale crater on August 5, 2012.

Nasa Maps Thawed Areas Under Greenland Ice Sheet
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Nasa Maps Thawed Areas Under Greenland Ice Sheet

NASA researchers have helped produce the first map showing what parts of the bottom of the massive Greenland Ice Sheet are thawed—key information in better predicting...

What's Inside Ceres? New Findings from Gravity Data
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What's Inside Ceres? New Findings from Gravity Data

In the tens of thousands of photos returned by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the interior of Ceres isn't visible. But scientists have powerful data to study Ceres' inner...

Five Years Post-Launch, Juno Is at a Turning Point
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Five Years Post-Launch, Juno Is at a Turning Point

Five years after departing Earth, and a month after slipping into orbit around Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft is nearing a turning point.

Mars Gullies Likely Not Formed By Liquid Water
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Mars Gullies Likely Not Formed By Liquid Water

New findings using data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show that gullies on modern Mars are likely not being formed by flowing liquid water.
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