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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.

Rosetta's Miro Instrument Maps Comet Water
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Rosetta's Miro Instrument Maps Comet Water

Since last September, scientists using NASA's Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft have generated maps...

Saturn Spacecraft to Buzz Icy Moon Dione June 16
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Saturn Spacecraft to Buzz Icy Moon Dione June 16

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make a close flyby of Saturn's moon Dione on June 16, coming within 321 miles (516 kilometers) of the moon's surface.

Different Faces of Pluto Emerging in New Images from New Horizons
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Different Faces of Pluto Emerging in New Images from New Horizons

The surface of Pluto is becoming better resolved as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft speeds closer to its July flight through the Pluto system.

Nasa Spacecraft Detects Impact Glass on Surface of Mars
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Nasa Spacecraft Detects Impact Glass on Surface of Mars

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has detected deposits of glass within impact craters on Mars.

Charting the Milky Way From the Inside Out
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Charting the Milky Way From the Inside Out

Imagine trying to create a map of your house while confined to only the living room.

Nasa's Hubble Finds Pluto's Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos
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Nasa's Hubble Finds Pluto's Moons Tumbling in Absolute Chaos

If you lived on one of Pluto's moons, you might have a hard time determining when, or from which direction, the sun will rise each day.

Nasa Instrument on Rosetta Makes Comet Atmosphere Discovery
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Nasa Instrument on Rosetta Makes Comet Atmosphere Discovery

Data collected by NASA's Alice instrument aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft reveal that electrons close to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov...

Cassini Prepares For Last ­p-Close Look at Hyperion
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Cassini Prepares For Last ­p-Close Look at Hyperion

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close approach to Saturn's large, irregularly shaped moon Hyperion on Sunday, May 31.

Nasa Begins Testing Mars Lander For Next Mission to Red Planet
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Nasa Begins Testing Mars Lander For Next Mission to Red Planet

Testing is underway on NASA's next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016.

Europa Mission to Probe Magnetic Field and Chemistry
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Europa Mission to Probe Magnetic Field and Chemistry

Two powerful science investigations will help unravel the mystery of whether Jupiter's icy moon Europa might have the right conditions for life, when a new NASA...

Mars Rover's Laser-Zapping Instrument Gets Sharper Vision
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Mars Rover's Laser-Zapping Instrument Gets Sharper Vision

Tests on Mars have confirmed success of a repair to the autonomous focusing capability of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars...

NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in ­niverse
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NASA's WISE Spacecraft Discovers Most Luminous Galaxy in ­niverse

A remote galaxy shining with the light of more than 300 trillion suns has been discovered using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

Nasa Soil Moisture Mission Begins Science Operations
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Nasa Soil Moisture Mission Begins Science Operations

NASA's new Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission to map global soil moisture and detect whether soils are frozen or thawed has begun science operations.

Astronomers Take a New Kind of Pulse From the Sky
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Astronomers Take a New Kind of Pulse From the Sky

Every night, our sky beats with the pulses of radio light waves, most of which go unseen.

OPALS Boosts Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research
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OPALS Boosts Space-to-Ground Optical Communications Research

Ever wonder why stars seem to twinkle?

Nasa Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt
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Nasa Research Reveals Europa's Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt

NASA laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter's moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored...
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