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Testing to Diagnose Power Event in Mars Rover
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Testing to Diagnose Power Event in Mars Rover

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is expected to remain stationary for several days of engineering analysis following an onboard fault-protection action on Feb. 27 that...

Nasa Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival
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Nasa Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres.

Study of Atmospheric 'froth' May Help Gps Communications
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Study of Atmospheric 'froth' May Help Gps Communications

When you don't know how to get to an unfamiliar place, you probably rely on a smart phone or other device with a Global Positioning System (GPS) module for guidance...

Nasa's Curiosity Mars Rover Drills at 'telegraph Peak'
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Nasa's Curiosity Mars Rover Drills at 'telegraph Peak'

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover used its drill on Tuesday, Feb. 24 to collect sample powder from inside a rock target called "Telegraph Peak." The target sits in the...

Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres
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Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres

Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

Why Comets Are Like Deep Fried Ice Cream
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Why Comets Are Like Deep Fried Ice Cream

Astronomers tinkering with ice and organics in the lab may have discovered why comets are encased in a hard, outer crust.

Nasa Spacecraft Completes 40,000 Mars Orbits
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Nasa Spacecraft Completes 40,000 Mars Orbits

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter passed a mission milestone of 40,000 orbits on Feb. 7, 2015, in its ninth year of returning information about the atmosphere,...

NASA's Curiosity Analyzing Sample of Martian Mountain
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NASA's Curiosity Analyzing Sample of Martian Mountain

The second bite of a Martian mountain taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover hints at long-ago effects of water that was more acidic than any evidenced in the rover's...

Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows
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Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows

Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures...

Hilltop Panorama Marks Mars Rover's 11th Anniversary
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Hilltop Panorama Marks Mars Rover's 11th Anniversary

A panorama from one of the highest elevations that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached in its 11 years on Mars includes the U.S. flag at the summit...

Nasa, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'work on Mars'
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Nasa, Microsoft Collaboration Will Allow Scientists to 'work on Mars'

NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology...

Telescope to Seek Dust Where Other Earths May Lie
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Telescope to Seek Dust Where Other Earths May Lie

The NASA-funded Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, or LBTI, has completed its first study of dust in the "habitable zone" around a star, opening a new door...

Dawn Delivers New Image of Ceres
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Dawn Delivers New Image of Ceres

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in...

'lost' 2003 Mars Lander Found By Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
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'lost' 2003 Mars Lander Found By Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

The Beagle 2 Mars Lander, built by the United Kingdom, has been thought lost on Mars since 2003, but has now been found in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance...

Crystal-Rich Rock 'mojave' Is Next Mars Drill Target
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Crystal-Rich Rock 'mojave' Is Next Mars Drill Target

A rock target where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is using its sample-collection drill this week may have a salty story to tell.

Nasa and Esa Celebrate 10 Years Since Titan Landing
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Nasa and Esa Celebrate 10 Years Since Titan Landing

Ten years ago, an explorer from Earth parachuted into the haze of an alien moon toward an uncertain fate.

Machines Teach Astronomers About Stars
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Machines Teach Astronomers About Stars

Astronomers are enlisting the help of machines to sort through thousands of stars in our galaxy and learn their sizes, compositions and other basic traits.

Nasa Mars Rover Opportunity Climbs to High Point on Rim
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Nasa Mars Rover Opportunity Climbs to High Point on Rim

After completing two drives this week, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has paused to photograph the panoramic vista from the highest point the rover has...

Scientists Pinpoint Saturn With Exquisite Accuracy
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Scientists Pinpoint Saturn With Exquisite Accuracy

Scientists have paired NASA's Cassini spacecraft with the National Science Foundation's Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio-telescope system to pinpoint the position...

Dawn Spacecraft Begins Approach to Dwarf Planet Ceres
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Dawn Spacecraft Begins Approach to Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft...
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