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Nasa Invites the Public to Fly Along with Voyager
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Nasa Invites the Public to Fly Along with Voyager

 A gauge on the Voyager home page, http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov, tracks levels of two of the three key signs scientists believe will appear when the spacecraft leave...

Kepler Discovers its Smallest Habitable Zone Planets
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Kepler Discovers its Smallest Habitable Zone Planets

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a...

How to Target an Asteroid
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How to Target an Asteroid

Like many of his colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., Shyam Bhaskaran is working a lot with asteroids these days.

Where Are the Best Windows Into Europa's Interior?
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Where Are the Best Windows Into Europa's Interior?

The surface of Jupiter's moon Europa exposes material churned up from inside the moon and also material resulting from matter and energy coming from above.

Nasa Associate Administrator on Asteroid Initiative
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Nasa Associate Administrator on Asteroid Initiative

"The mission to find, capture and redirect an asteroid robotically, and then visit it with astronauts to study it and return samples takes advantage of expertise...

Remaining Martian Atmosphere Still Dynamic
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Remaining Martian Atmosphere Still Dynamic

Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity indicate. Rover team members...

Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein
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Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein

NASA's Kepler space telescope has witnessed the effects of a dead star bending the light of its companion star. The findings are among the first detections of this...

Planck Mission Brings ­niverse Into Sharp Focus
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Planck Mission Brings ­niverse Into Sharp Focus

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age,...

Supercomputer Helps Planck Mission Expose Ancient Light
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Supercomputer Helps Planck Mission Expose Ancient Light

Like archeologists carefully digging for fossils, scientists with the Planck mission are sifting through cosmic clutter to find the most ancient light in the universe...

Panorama From Nasa Mars Rover Shows Mount Sharp
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Panorama From Nasa Mars Rover Shows Mount Sharp

Rising above the present location of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, higher than any mountain in the 48 contiguous states of the United States, Mount Sharp is featured...

Nasa Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life on Mars
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Nasa Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life on Mars

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

Curiosity Rover's Recovery Moving Forward
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Curiosity Rover's Recovery Moving Forward

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity continues to move forward with assessment and recovery from a memory glitch that affected the rover's A-side computer.

A Window Into Europa's Ocean Right at the Surface
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A Window Into Europa's Ocean Right at the Surface

If you could lick the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa, you would actually be sampling a bit of the ocean beneath.

Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover
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Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover

The ground team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been...

NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample
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NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another...

Nasa Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East
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Nasa Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during...

Nasa Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample
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Nasa Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample...

Nasa's Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail
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Nasa's Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

Call it a Saturnian version of the Ouroboros, the mythical serpent that bites its own tail.

Nasa's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year
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Nasa's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, one of the twin rovers that bounced to airbag-cushioned safe landings on Mars nine years ago this week, is currently...

NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock
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NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet.
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