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Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'namib Dune' on Mars
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Full-Circle Panorama Beside 'namib Dune' on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, partway through the first up-close study ever conducted of extraterrestrial sand dunes, is providing dramatic views of a dune's steep...

Nasa Suspends 2016 Launch of Insight Mission to Mars
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Nasa Suspends 2016 Launch of Insight Mission to Mars

After thorough examination, NASA managers have decided to suspend the planned March 2016 launch of the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations Geodesy...

Lowdown on Ceres: Images From Dawn's Closest Orbit
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Lowdown on Ceres: Images From Dawn's Closest Orbit

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, cruising in its lowest and final orbit at dwarf planet Ceres, has delivered the first images from its best-ever viewpoint.

Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby
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Cassini Completes Final Close Enceladus Flyby

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun transmitting data and images from the mission's final close flyby of Saturn's active moon Enceladus. Cassini passed Enceladus...

Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles For Mars Rover Team
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Rocks Rich in Silica Present Puzzles For Mars Rover Team

In detective stories, as the plot thickens, an unexpected clue often delivers more questions than answers.

Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time
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Cassini Closes in on Enceladus, One Last Time

A thrilling chapter in the exploration of the solar system will soon conclude, as NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft makes its final close flyby of the ocean...

Nasa's Fermi Satellite Kicks Off a Blazar-Detecting Bonanza
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Nasa's Fermi Satellite Kicks Off a Blazar-Detecting Bonanza

A long time ago in a galaxy half the universe away, a flood of high-energy gamma rays began its journey to Earth.

Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches Sand Dunes
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Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Reaches Sand Dunes

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has begun an up-close investigation of dark sand dunes up to two stories tall. The dunes are on the rover's trek up the lower portion...

New Clues to Ceres' Bright Spots and Origins
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New Clues to Ceres' Bright Spots and Origins

Ceres reveals some of its well-kept secrets in two new studies in the journal Nature, thanks to data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

To Jupiter with Junocam!
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To Jupiter with Junocam!

When NASA's Juno mission arrives at Jupiter on July 4, 2016, new views of the giant planet's swirling clouds will be sent back to Earth, courtesy of its color camera...

New Horizons Returns First, Best Images of Pluto
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New Horizons Returns First, Best Images of Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has sent back the first in a series of the sharpest views of Pluto it obtained during its July flyby—and the best close-ups of Pluto...

Nasa Space Telescopes See Magnified Image of Faintest Galaxy from Early ­niverse
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Nasa Space Telescopes See Magnified Image of Faintest Galaxy from Early ­niverse

Astronomers harnessing the combined power of NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have found the faintest object ever seen in the early universe. It existed...

Strange Star Likely Swarmed By Comets
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Strange Star Likely Swarmed By Comets

A star called KIC 8462852 has been in the news recently for unexplained and bizarre behavior.

­pgrade Helps Nasa Study Mineral Veins on Mars
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­pgrade Helps Nasa Study Mineral Veins on Mars

Scientists now have a better understanding about a site with the most chemically diverse mineral veins NASA's Curiosity rover has examined on Mars, thanks in part...

Mars' Moon Phobos Is Slowly Falling Apart
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Mars' Moon Phobos Is Slowly Falling Apart

The long, shallow grooves lining the surface of Phobos are likely early signs of the structural failure that will ultimately destroy this moon of Mars.

Nasa Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere
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Nasa Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission has identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian...

Nasa Finds New Way to Track Ocean Currents from Space
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Nasa Finds New Way to Track Ocean Currents from Space

A team of NASA and university scientists has developed a new way to use satellite measurements to track changes in Atlantic Ocean currents, which are a driving...

Rewrite of Onboard Memory Planned For Nasa Mars Orbiter
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Rewrite of Onboard Memory Planned For Nasa Mars Orbiter

Tables stored in flash memory aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) tell locations of Earth and the sun for the past 10 years, but not their locations...

Seven Key Facts About Cassini's Oct. 28 'plume Dive'
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Seven Key Facts About Cassini's Oct. 28 'plume Dive'

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will sample the ocean of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when it flies through the moon's plume of icy spray.

Nasa-Noaa's Suomi Npp Satellite Sees Record-Breaking Hurricane Patricia
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Nasa-Noaa's Suomi Npp Satellite Sees Record-Breaking Hurricane Patricia

On October 23, a Hurricane Warning was in effect from San Blas to Punta San Telmo.
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