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NASA's InSight Places First Instrument on Mars
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NASA's InSight Places First Instrument on Mars

NASA's InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone. New images from the lander show the seismometer...

NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science
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NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science

On Dec. 21, at 8:49:48 a.m. PST (11:49:48 a.m. EST) NASA's Juno spacecraft will be 3,140 miles (5,053 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops and hurtling by at...

NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie
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NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie

NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie—a mosaic made up of 11 images.

NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
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NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere, the protective...

NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds
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NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the...

The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25
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The 'Camera That Saved Hubble' Turns 25

Twenty-five years ago this week, NASA held its collective breath as seven astronauts on space shuttle Endeavour caught up with the Hubble Space Telescope 353 miles...

InSight Is Catching Rays on Mars
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InSight Is Catching Rays on Mars

NASA's InSight has sent signals to Earth indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface.

NASA InSight Team on Course for Mars Touchdown
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NASA InSight Team on Course for Mars Touchdown

NASA's Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft is on track for a soft touchdown on the surface of...

Kepler Telescope Bids 'Goodnight' with Final Commands
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Kepler Telescope Bids 'Goodnight' with Final Commands

On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, NASA's Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth.

Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass
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Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass

We are all, quite literally, made of star dust. Many of the chemicals that compose our planet and our bodies were formed directly by stars.

NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'
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NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'

In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as 'Oumuamua,' the first known interstellar object to visit our solar...

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...

NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End
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NASA's Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar system's earliest chapter.

NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still
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NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still

You don't need wheels to explore Mars.

Update on Opportunity Rover after Martian Dust Storm
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Update on Opportunity Rover after Martian Dust Storm

One month since increasing their commanding frequency, engineers have yet to hear from NASA's Opportunity rover.

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 Ultra-Close Orbits of Saturn
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Groundbreaking Science Emerges from Ultra-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...
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