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Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award
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Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA's 2018 Software of the Year Award.

All Eyes on Hurricane Michael
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All Eyes on Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael plowed into the Florida panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 10, as a major Category 4 storm—the strongest hurricane ever to hit that region.

Painting Cars for Mars
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Painting Cars for Mars

When John Campanella's friend wanted his beloved Ferrari painted, he knew exactly who to call.

Curiosity Rover to Temporarily Switch 'Brains'
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Curiosity Rover to Temporarily Switch 'Brains'

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, this week commanded the agency's Curiosity rover to switch to its second computer.

Groundbreaking Science Emerges from ­ltra-Close Orbits of Saturn
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Groundbreaking Science Emerges from ­ltra-Close Orbits of Saturn

New research emerging from the final orbits of NASA's Cassini spacecraft represents a huge leap forward in our understanding of the Saturn system—especially the...

NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth
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NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth

Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe.

Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture
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Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture

NASA still hasn't heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.

Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time
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Dust Storms on Titan Spotted for the First Time

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed what appear to be giant dust storms in equatorial regions of Saturn's moon Titan.

Scientists ID Three Causes of Earth's Spin Axis Drift
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Scientists ID Three Causes of Earth's Spin Axis Drift

A typical desk globe is designed to be a geometric sphere and to rotate smoothly when you spin it. Our actual planet is far less perfect—in both shape and in rotation...

Legacy of NASA's Dawn, Near the End of its Mission
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Legacy of NASA's Dawn, Near the End of its Mission

NASA's Dawn mission is drawing to a close after 11 years of breaking new ground in planetary science, gathering breathtaking imagery, and performing unprecedented...

Curiosity Surveys a Mystery ­nder Dusty Skies
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Curiosity Surveys a Mystery ­nder Dusty Skies

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA's Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on...

Martian Skies Clearing over Opportunity Rover
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Martian Skies Clearing over Opportunity Rover

A planet-encircling dust storm on Mars, which was first detected May 30 and halted operations for the Opportunity rover, continues to abate.

15 Years in Space for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope
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15 Years in Space for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime—and is still going strong after...

Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts
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Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.

The Fading Ghost of a Long-Dead Star
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The Fading Ghost of a Long-Dead Star

Thin, red veins of energized gas mark the location of one of the larger supernova remnants in the Milky Way galaxy in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope...

'Storm Chasers' on Mars Searching for Dusty Secrets
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'Storm Chasers' on Mars Searching for Dusty Secrets

Storm chasing takes luck and patience on Earth—and even more so on Mars.

Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch
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Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to wrap up its groundbreaking 11-year mission, which has included two successful extended missions at Ceres, it will continue...

Dawn's Latest Orbit Reveals Dramatic New Views of Occator Crater
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Dawn's Latest Orbit Reveals Dramatic New Views of Occator Crater

NASA's Dawn spacecraft reached its lowest-ever and final orbit around dwarf planet Ceres on June 6 and has been returning thousands of stunning images and other...

Complex Organics Bubble ­p from Enceladus
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Complex Organics Bubble ­p from Enceladus

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal complex organic molecules originating from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean world...

NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?
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NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?

In the last decade, we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that rocky, temperate worlds are numerous in our galaxy.
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