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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future
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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future

Software designed to enable autonomous operations of a spacecraft's operating and robotic systems

AI Helps Improve NASA's Eyes on the Sun
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AI Helps Improve NASA's Eyes on the Sun

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists are calibrating images of the sun with artificial intelligence to enhance data for solar research....

NASA's Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover 'Takes the Wheel'
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NASA's Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover 'Takes the Wheel'

A new auto-navigation system will allow the Perseverance rover on Mars to drive itself.

3D View of Methane Tracks Sources, Movement Around the Globe
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3D View of Methane Tracks Sources, Movement Around the Globe

A new three-dimensional view of methane concentrations worldwide combines datasets from emissions inventories and simulations of wetland sources into a high-resolution...

NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space
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NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

California continues to be plagued by wildfires, including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest...

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.

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.

Ramp-­p in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise
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Ramp-­p in Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Sea Level Rise

Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012, increasing global sea levels by 0.12 inch (3 millimeters) in that timeframe alone, according to a major new...

New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating
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New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Accelerating

The rate of global sea level rise has been accelerating in recent decades, rather than increasing steadily, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and...

Nasa Space Telescopes Provide a 3D Journey Through the Orion Nebula
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Nasa Space Telescopes Provide a 3D Journey Through the Orion Nebula

Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA's Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes...

Sierras Lost Water Weight, Grew Taller During Drought
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Sierras Lost Water Weight, Grew Taller During Drought

Loss of water from the rocks of California's Sierra Nevada caused the mountain range to rise nearly an inch (24 millimeters) in height during the drought years...

Nasa Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt
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Nasa Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt

A new NASA tool links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice, such as southern Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula...

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.

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...

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."

Sleuthing For Seismic Answers in the Sooner State
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Sleuthing For Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Oklahomans are no strangers to Mother Nature's whims.

Nasa Selects Three Aeronautics Teams to Explore 'ambitious' Ideas
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Nasa Selects Three Aeronautics Teams to Explore 'ambitious' Ideas

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected three teams of researchers to pursue ideas for creating components of Unmanned Aircraft Systems...

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.

Nasa: Snow Science Supporting the ­s Water Supply
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Nasa: Snow Science Supporting the ­s Water Supply

Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water...

Nasa, Uci Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss
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Nasa, Uci Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss

Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign last March, data from the new program are providing a dramatic...
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