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Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula
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Observatories Combine to Crack Open the Crab Nebula

Astronomers have produced a highly detailed image of the Crab Nebula, by combining data from telescopes spanning nearly the entire breadth of the electromagnetic...

Nasa Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars
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Nasa Rover Samples Active Linear Dune on Mars

As it drives uphill from a band of rippled sand dunes, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is toting a fistful of dark sand for onboard analysis that will complete the...

New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive Over Saturn
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New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive Over Saturn

A new movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as the spacecraft swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between...

Nasa Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings
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Nasa Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April...

'iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing
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'iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.

Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones
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Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.

Nasa's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'tribulation' 
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Nasa's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'tribulation' 

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination...

'space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering
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'space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering

Raul Polit Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how materials are used for design...

Nasa Missions Provide New Insights Into 'ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System
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Nasa Missions Provide New Insights Into 'ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and...

Nasa's Cassini Mission Prepares For 'grand Finale' at Saturn
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Nasa's Cassini Mission Prepares For 'grand Finale' at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story.

New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target
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New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target

Continuing on its path through the outer regions of the solar system, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has now traveled half the distance from Pluto—its storied first...

Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits
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Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished...

Nasa Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs
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Nasa Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs

NASA pulled off a scientific double play in Hawaii this winter, using the same instruments and aircraft to study both volcanoes and coral reefs.

Origami-Inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
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Origami-Inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.

Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
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Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics—Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars...

Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
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Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles.

Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan
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Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of...

New Nasa Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft
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New Nasa Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth's orbit can be a technological challenge.

Nasa Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos
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Nasa Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars' moon Phobos.

Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust
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Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today.
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