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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...

Astronomers Discover Colossal 'super Spiral' Galaxies
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Astronomers Discover Colossal 'super Spiral' Galaxies

A strange new kind of galactic beast has been spotted in the cosmic wilderness.

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...

Opportunity Mars Rover Goes Six-Wheeling up a Ridge
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Opportunity Mars Rover Goes Six-Wheeling up a Ridge

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is working adeptly in some of the most challenging terrain of the vehicle's 12 years on Mars, on a slope of about 30 degrees...

The Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole
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The Frozen Canyons of Pluto's North Pole

This ethereal scene captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft tells yet another story of Pluto's diversity of geological and compositional features—this time in...

Nasa Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the ­niverse
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Nasa Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the ­niverse

After years of preparatory studies, NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe—the Wide Field Infrared...

Pluto's 'hulk-Like' Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?
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Pluto's 'hulk-Like' Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?

Pluto's largest moon may have gotten too big for its own skin.

Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study
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Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study

Here's a love story at the smallest scales imaginable: particles of light.

Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers
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Study: Long-Term Global Warming Needs External Drivers

A study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, shows, in detail, the reason why...

Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled
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Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched.

Saturn's Rings: Less Than Meets the Eye?
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Saturn's Rings: Less Than Meets the Eye?

It seems intuitive that an opaque material should contain more stuff than a more translucent substance.

Sandy Selfie Sent from Nasa Mars Rover
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Sandy Selfie Sent from Nasa Mars Rover

The latest self-portrait from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the car-size mobile laboratory beside a dark dune where it has been scooping and sieving samples...

New Animation Takes a Colorful Flight Over Ceres
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New Animation Takes a Colorful Flight Over Ceres

A colorful new animation shows a simulated flight over the surface of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand
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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Tastes Scooped, Sieved Sand

At its current location for inspecting an active sand dune, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is adding some sample-processing moves not previously used on Mars.
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