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Dawn Sends Sharper Scenes from Ceres
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Dawn Sends Sharper Scenes from Ceres

The closest-yet views of Ceres, delivered by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, show the small world's features in unprecedented detail, including Ceres' tall, conical mountain...

Cassini's Final Breathtaking Close Views of Dione
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Cassini's Final Breathtaking Close Views of Dione

A pockmarked, icy landscape looms beneath NASA's Cassini spacecraft in new images of Saturn's moon Dione taken during the mission's last close approach to the small...

Nasa: California Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink
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Nasa: California Drought Causing Valley Land to Sink

As Californians continue pumping groundwater in response to the historic drought, the California Department of Water Resources today released a new NASA report...

Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione
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Cassini to Make Last Close Flyby of Saturn Moon Dione

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will zip past Saturn's moon Dione on Monday, Aug. 17—the final close flyby of this icy satellite during the spacecraft's long mission.

Rosetta Comet Outburst Captured
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Rosetta Comet Outburst Captured

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft has been witnessing growing activity from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the comet approaches perihelion (its...

Cruise Over Ceres in New Video
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Cruise Over Ceres in New Video

Striking 3-D detail highlights a towering mountain, the brightest spots and other features on dwarf planet Ceres in a new video from NASA's Dawn mission.

Extreme Access Flyer to Take Planetary Exploration Airborne
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Extreme Access Flyer to Take Planetary Exploration Airborne

Swamp Works engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are inventing a flying robotic vehicle that can gather samples on other worlds in places inaccessible...

New Online Exploring Tools Bring NASA's Journey to Mars to New Generation
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New Online Exploring Tools Bring NASA's Journey to Mars to New Generation

On the three-year anniversary of the Mars landing of NASA's Curiosity rover, NASA is unveiling two new online tools that open the mysterious terrain of the Redjourney...

From a Million Miles Away, Nasa Camera Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth
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From a Million Miles Away, Nasa Camera Shows Moon Crossing Face of Earth

A NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captured a unique view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth last...

Nasa's New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto
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Nasa's New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto

Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA's New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders...

NASA's Curiosity Rover Inspects ­nusual Bedrock
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Inspects ­nusual Bedrock

Approaching the third anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found a target unlike anything it has studied before—bedrock with surprisingly...

A Wi-Fi Reflector Chip To Speed ­p Wearables
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A Wi-Fi Reflector Chip To Speed ­p Wearables

Whether you're tracking your steps, monitoring your health or sending photos from a smart watch, you want the battery life of your wearable device to last as long...

Dawn Maneuvering to Third Science Orbit
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Dawn Maneuvering to Third Science Orbit

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is using its ion propulsion system to descend to its third mapping orbit at Ceres, and all systems are operating well. The spiral maneuvering...

NASA's New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto's 'Heart'
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NASA's New Horizons Discovers Frozen Plains in the Heart of Pluto's 'Heart'

In the latest data from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, a new close-up image of Pluto reveals a vast, craterless plain that appears to be no more than 100 million...

The Icy Mountains of Pluto
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The Icy Mountains of Pluto

New close-up images of a region near Pluto's equator reveal a giant surprise: a range of youthful mountains rising as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the...

Nasa's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter
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Nasa's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto.

How Big Is Pluto? New Horizons Settles Decades-Long Debate
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How Big Is Pluto? New Horizons Settles Decades-Long Debate

NASA's New Horizons mission has answered one of the most basic questions about Pluto—its size.

Nasa Missions Have Their Eyes Peeled on Pluto
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Nasa Missions Have Their Eyes Peeled on Pluto

What's icy, has "wobbly" potato-shaped moons, and is the world's best-known dwarf planet?

Nasa's New Horizons: A 'heart' from Pluto as Flyby Begins
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Nasa's New Horizons: A 'heart' from Pluto as Flyby Begins

After a more than nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to Pluto, it's show time for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, as the flyby sequence of science observations...

Nasa Explains Why June 30 Will Get Extra Second
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Nasa Explains Why June 30 Will Get Extra Second

The day will officially be a bit longer than usual on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, because an extra second, or "leap" second, will be added.
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