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Jpl, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software
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Jpl, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software

A year after NASA's Mars rover Curiosity's landed on Mars, engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are testing a sophisticated flight...

If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?
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If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?

Most of what scientists know of Jupiter's moon Europa they have gleaned from a dozen or so close flybys from NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA's Galileo...

Nasa's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars
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Nasa's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars this week and has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life.

Curiosity Makes Its Longest One-Day Drive on Mars
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Curiosity Makes Its Longest One-Day Drive on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove twice as far on July 21 as on any other day of the mission so far: 109.7 yards (100.3 meters).

Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues to Atmosphere's Past
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Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues to Atmosphere's Past

A pair of new papers report measurements of the Martian atmosphere's composition by NASA's Curiosity rover, providing evidence about loss of much of Mars' original...

How Scientists Search For Habitable Planets
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How Scientists Search For Habitable Planets

There is only one planet we know of, so far, that is drenched with life.

Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving
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Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving

The latest drive by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover brought the total distance that the rover has driven on Mars to more than 1 kilometer (about 0.62 mile).

Nasa's Opals to Beam Data From Space Via Laser
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Nasa's Opals to Beam Data From Space Via Laser

NASA will use the International Space Station to test a new communications technology that could dramatically improve spacspacecraft communications, enhance commercial...

Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover
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Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover

The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for...

Nasa Decommissions Its Galaxy Hunter Spacecraft
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Nasa Decommissions Its Galaxy Hunter Spacecraft

NASA has turned off its Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) after a decade of operations in which the venerable space telescope used its ultraviolet vision to study...

Nasa's Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our 'solar Bubble'
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Nasa's Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our 'solar Bubble'

Data from Voyager 1, now more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from the sun, suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first human-made object...

Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover
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Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover

A billion-pixel view from the surface of Mars, from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, offers armchair explorers a way to examine one part of the Red Planet in great...

Nasa Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge
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Nasa Announces Asteroid Grand Challenge

NASA announced Tuesday a Grand Challenge focused on finding all asteroid threats to human populations and knowing what to do about them.

Nasa Spacecraft Sees Tornado's Destructive Swath
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Nasa Spacecraft Sees Tornado's Destructive Swath

A new image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft shows the extent of destruction...

Nasa's Grail Mission Solves Mystery of Moon's Surface Gravity
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Nasa's Grail Mission Solves Mystery of Moon's Surface Gravity

NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, a phenomenon...

Galaxies Fed By Funnels of Fuel
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Galaxies Fed By Funnels of Fuel

Computer simulations of galaxies growing over billions of years have revealed a likely scenario for how they feed: a cosmic version of swirly straws.

Century-Old Science Helps Confirm Global Warming
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Century-Old Science Helps Confirm Global Warming

A new NASA and university analysis of ocean data collected more than 135 years ago by the crew of the HMS Challenger oceanographic expedition provides further confirmation...

Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target
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Nasa Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland."

Nasa's Spitzer Puts Planets in a Petri Dish
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Nasa's Spitzer Puts Planets in a Petri Dish

Our galaxy is teeming with a wild variety of planets.

Herschel Completes Its 'cool' Journey in Space
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Herschel Completes Its 'cool' Journey in Space

The Herschel observatory, a European space telescope for which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out...
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