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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.

Nasa's K2 Finds Dead Star Vaporizing a Mini 'planet'
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Nasa's K2 Finds Dead Star Vaporizing a Mini 'planet'

Scientists using NASA's repurposed Kepler space telescope, known as the K2 mission, have uncovered strong evidence of a tiny, rocky object being torn apart as it...

Closest Northern Views of Saturn's Moon Enceladus
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Closest Northern Views of Saturn's Moon Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has begun returning its best-ever views of the northern extremes of Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus.

Cassini Begins Series of Flybys with Close-up of Saturn Moon Enceladus
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Cassini Begins Series of Flybys with Close-up of Saturn Moon Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will wrap up its time in the region of Saturn's large, icy moons with a series of three close encounters with Enceladus starting Wednesday...

Nasa's Curiosity Rover Team Confirms Ancient Lakes on Mars
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Nasa's Curiosity Rover Team Confirms Ancient Lakes on Mars

A new study from the team behind NASA's Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity has confirmed that Mars was once, billions of years ago, capable of storing water in lakes...

New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto
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New Horizons Finds Blue Skies and Water Ice on Pluto

The first color images of Pluto's atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue.

Jpl's Role in Making 'the Martian' a Reality
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Jpl's Role in Making 'the Martian' a Reality

When fictional astronaut Mark Watney becomes stranded alone on the Red Planet in the novel and film "The Martian," people and technology from NASA's Jet Propulsion...

Pluto's Big Moon Charon Reveals a Colorful and Violent History
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Pluto's Big Moon Charon Reveals a Colorful and Violent History

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has returned the best color and the highest resolution images yet of Pluto's largest moon, Charon—and these pictures show a surprisingly...

Nasa Selects Investigations For Future Key Planetary Mission
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Nasa Selects Investigations For Future Key Planetary Mission

NASA has selected five science investigations for refinement during the next year as a first step in choosing one or two missions for flight opportunities as early...

Nasa Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today's Mars
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Nasa Confirms Evidence That Liquid Water Flows on Today's Mars

New findings from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) provide the strongest evidence yet that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.

Funky Light Signal From Colliding Black Holes Explained
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Funky Light Signal From Colliding Black Holes Explained

Entangled by gravity and destined to merge, two candidate black holes in a distant galaxy appear to be locked in an intricate dance.

Cassini Finds Global Ocean in Saturn's Moon Enceladus
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Cassini Finds Global Ocean in Saturn's Moon Enceladus

A global ocean lies beneath the icy crust of Saturn's geologically active moon Enceladus, according to new research using data from NASA's Cassini mission.

Nasa's Lro Discovers Earth's Pull Is 'massaging' Our Moon
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Nasa's Lro Discovers Earth's Pull Is 'massaging' Our Moon

In August, 2010, researchers using images from LRO's Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) reported the discovery of 14 cliffs known as "lobate scarps" on the moon's surface...

Mars Panorama from Curiosity Shows Petrified Sand Dunes
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Mars Panorama from Curiosity Shows Petrified Sand Dunes

Some of the dark sandstone in an area being explored by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows texture and inclined bedding structures characteristic of deposits that...

New Pluto Images from Nasa's New Horizons: It's Complicated
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New Pluto Images from Nasa's New Horizons: It's Complicated

New close-up images of Pluto from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft reveal a bewildering variety of surface features that have scientists reeling because of their...

What Happened to Early Mars' Atmosphere? New Study Eliminates One Theory
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What Happened to Early Mars' Atmosphere? New Study Eliminates One Theory

Scientists may be closer to solving the mystery of how Mars changed from a world with surface water billions of years ago to the arid Red Planet of today.

Comet Hitchhiker Would Take Tour of Small Bodies
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Comet Hitchhiker Would Take Tour of Small Bodies

Catching a ride from one solar system body to another isn't easy. You have to figure out how to land your spacecraft safely and then get it on its way to the next...
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