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Nasa Selects Advanced Space Technology Concepts For Further Study
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Nasa Selects Advanced Space Technology Concepts For Further Study

NASA has selected 15 proposals for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC), a program that aims to turn science fiction into science...

How Dry Is Texas? Smap, Txson Network Aim to Find Out
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How Dry Is Texas? Smap, Txson Network Aim to Find Out

A new network of sensors in the bone-dry Texas hill country will produce detailed data on soil moisture—when there is any.

Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy
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Traffic Around Mars Gets Busy

NASA has beefed up a process of traffic monitoring, communication and maneuver planning to ensure that Mars orbiters do not approach each other too closely.

NASA Aids Response to Nepal Quake
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NASA Aids Response to Nepal Quake

NASA and its partners are gathering the best available science and information on the April 25, 2015, magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, referred to as the Gorkha...

Messenger's Final Image
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Messenger's Final Image

Originally planned to orbit Mercury for one year, the mission exceeded all expectations, lasting for over four years and acquiring extensive datasets with its seven...

Nasa's New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto
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Nasa's New Horizons Detects Surface Features, Possible Polar Cap on Pluto

For the first time, images from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft are revealing bright and dark regions on the surface of faraway Pluto—the primary target of the New...

Jpl Celebrates Hubble's 25th Anniversary
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Jpl Celebrates Hubble's 25th Anniversary

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the world's first space telescope. Hubble images have revealed a vast and colorful...

Nasa's Nexss Coalition to Lead Search For Life on Distant Worlds
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Nasa's Nexss Coalition to Lead Search For Life on Distant Worlds

NASA is bringing together experts spanning a variety of scientific fields for an unprecedented initiative dedicated to the search for life on planets outside our...

Glitter Cloud May Serve as Space Mirror
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Glitter Cloud May Serve as Space Mirror

What does glitter have to do with finding stars and planets outside our solar system?

Nasa's New Horizons Nears Historic Encounter with Pluto
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Nasa's New Horizons Nears Historic Encounter with Pluto

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is three months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system...

Nasa Mars Rover's Weather Data Bolster Case For Brine
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Nasa Mars Rover's Weather Data Bolster Case For Brine

Martian weather and soil conditions that NASA's Curiosity rover has measured, together with a type of salt found in Martian soil, could put liquid brine in the...

Researchers Test Smartphones For Earthquake Warning
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Researchers Test Smartphones For Earthquake Warning

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according...

The Solar System and Beyond Is Awash in Water
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The Solar System and Beyond Is Awash in Water

As NASA missions explore our solar system and search for new worlds, they are finding water in surprising places.

Dawn in Excellent Shape One Month After Ceres Arrival
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Dawn in Excellent Shape One Month After Ceres Arrival

Since its capture by the gravity of dwarf planet Ceres on March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has performed flawlessly, continuing to thrust with its ion engine as...

Nasa Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta
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Nasa Releases Tool Enabling Citizen Scientists to Examine Asteroid Vesta

NASA has announced the release of Vesta Trek, a free, web-based application that provides detailed visualizations of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in our...

A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets
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A Gold Mine of Galaxy Nuggets

One telescope finds the treasure chest, and the other narrows in on the gold coins.

Rover Amnesia Event Follows Latest Memory Reformatting
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Rover Amnesia Event Follows Latest Memory Reformatting

The team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity learned Thursday that the long-lived rover experienced a brief amnesia event related to its flash memory...

Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically ­seful Nitrogen on Mars
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Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically ­seful Nitrogen on Mars

A team using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite aboard NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first detection of nitrogen on the surface of Mars from...

Nasa Reformats Memory of Longest-Running Mars Rover
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Nasa Reformats Memory of Longest-Running Mars Rover

After avoiding use of the rover's flash memory for three months, the team operating NASA's 11-year-old Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reformatted the vehicle's...

Rover Arm Delivers Rock Powder Sample
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Rover Arm Delivers Rock Powder Sample

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its robotic arm Wednesday, March 11, to sieve and deliver a rock-powder sample to an onboard instrument. The sample was collected...
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