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Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room
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Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room

When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape.

Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
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Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.

Fresh Findings From Cassini
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Fresh Findings From Cassini

NASA's Cassini spacecraft ended its journey on Sept. 15 with an intentional plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, but analysis continues on the mountain of data...

Nasa Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event
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Nasa Missions Catch First Light from a Gravitational-Wave Event

For the first time, NASA scientists have detected light tied to a gravitational-wave event, thanks to two merging neutron stars in the galaxy NGC 4993, located...

Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge Into Saturn
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Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge Into Saturn

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science...

Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life
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Mars Study Yields Clues to Possible Cradle of Life

The discovery of evidence for ancient sea-floor hydrothermal deposits on Mars identifies an area on the planet that may offer clues about the origin of life on...

Examining Mars' Moon Phobos in a Different Light
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Examining Mars' Moon Phobos in a Different Light

NASA's longest-lived mission to Mars has gained its first look at the Martian moon Phobos, pursuing a deeper understanding by examining it in infrared wavelengths...

The Super-Earth that Came Home For Dinner
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The Super-Earth that Came Home For Dinner

It might be lingering bashfully on the icy outer edges of our solar system, hiding in the dark, but subtly pulling strings behind the scenes: stretching out the...

Nasa Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response
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Nasa Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies, including the Federal...

Wind, Warm Water Revved ­p Melting Antarctic Glaciers
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Wind, Warm Water Revved ­p Melting Antarctic Glaciers

A NASA study has located the Antarctic glaciers that accelerated the fastest between 2008 and 2014 and finds that the most likely cause of their speedup is an observed...

Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn
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Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet's atmosphere...

Cassini Makes Its 'goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan
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Cassini Makes Its 'goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan.

After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy
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After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future...

Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery
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Jupiter's Aurora Presents a Powerful Mystery

Scientists on NASA''s Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful...

Nasa's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet
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Nasa's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California...

Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan
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Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan

Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its ...

25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting
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25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of a revolutionary ocean research vessel—a space "ship."

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn
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Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through...

New Clues to ­niverse's Structure Revealed
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New Clues to ­niverse's Structure Revealed

What is our universe made of, and has its composition changed over time?

New Horizons' Next Target Just Got a Lot More Interesting
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New Horizons' Next Target Just Got a Lot More Interesting

Could the next flyby target for NASA's New Horizons spacecraft actually be two targets?
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