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Free-Floating Planets May Be More Common Than Stars
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Free-Floating Planets May Be More Common Than Stars

Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light...

NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid
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NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn is expected to...

Voyager Set to Enter Interstellar Space
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Voyager Set to Enter Interstellar Space

More than 30 years after they left Earth, NASA's twin Voyager probes are now at the edge of the solar system.

Nasa's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with 'rose' of Galaxies
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Nasa's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with 'rose' of Galaxies

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md...

Nasa's Messenger Spacecraft Begins Historic Orbit Around Mercury
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Nasa's Messenger Spacecraft Begins Historic Orbit Around Mercury

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft successfully achieved orbit around Mercury at approximately 9 p.m. EDT Thursday. This marks the first time a spacecraft has accomplished...

Heading Into the Bonus Round
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Heading Into the Bonus Round

A bonus round is something one usually associates with the likes of a TV game show, not a pioneering deep space mission. "We are definitely in the bonus round...

NASA Probe Sees Solar Wind Decline
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NASA Probe Sees Solar Wind Decline

The 33-year odyssey of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind.

Nasa Mission Successfully Flies By Comet Hartley 2
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Nasa Mission Successfully Flies By Comet Hartley 2

NASA's EPOXI mission successfully flew by comet Hartley 2 at about 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) today, and the spacecraft has begun returning images. Hartley 2 is...

Star Wars Meets Ups as Robonaut Packed For Space
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Star Wars Meets Ups as Robonaut Packed For Space

Getting into space isn't necessarily easy for astronauts, and it's not much easier for a robotic astronaut, either.

Planck Takes It All In
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Planck Takes It All In

A new image from the Planck mission shows what it's been up to for the past year--surveying the entire sky for clues to our universal origins.

Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of Nasa Technologies
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Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of Nasa Technologies

Congressional staffers in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 20 were wondering why a robot was roaming the halls. Those who followed the robot were led to...
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