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Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks
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Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks

Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them.

Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes
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Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes

Scientists re-examining data from an old mission bring new insights to the tantalizing question of whether Jupiter's moon Europa has the ingredients to support...

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission
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Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars.

GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case
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GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case

Reports of the rapidly melting West Antarctic ice sheet often refer to how much the melting could add to global sea levels—as if meltwater raises the ocean evenly...

NASA's Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole
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NASA's Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole

Scientists working on NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter shared a 3-D infrared movie depicting densely packed cyclones and anticyclones that permeate the planet's polar...

'Marsquakes' Could Shake Up Planetary Science
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'Marsquakes' Could Shake Up Planetary Science

Starting next year, scientists will get their first look deep below the surface of Mars.

Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars
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Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars

Astronomer Ed Shaya was in his office looking at data from NASA's Kepler space telescope in 2012 when he noticed something unusual: The light from a galaxy had...

Mars Curiosity Celebrates Sol 2,000
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Mars Curiosity Celebrates Sol 2,000

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover just hit a new milestone: its two-thousandth Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet. An image mosaic taken by the rover in January offers...

NASA Dawn Reveals Recent Changes in Ceres' Surface
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NASA Dawn Reveals Recent Changes in Ceres' Surface

Observations of Ceres have detected recent variations in its surface, revealing that the only dwarf planet in the inner solar system is a dynamic body that continues...

NASA Juno finds Jupiter's Jet-Streams Are Unearthly
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NASA Juno finds Jupiter's Jet-Streams Are Unearthly

Data collected by NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter indicate that the atmospheric winds of the gas-giant planet run deep into its atmosphere and last longer than similar...

Curiosity Tests a New Way to Drill on Mars
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Curiosity Tests a New Way to Drill on Mars

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has conducted the first test of a new drilling technique on the Red Planet since its drill stopped working reliably.

Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different
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Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different

NASA's Mars InSight lander team is preparing to ship the spacecraft from Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, where it was built and tested, to Vandenberg Air Force...

New Study Brings Antarctic Ice Loss Into Sharper Focus
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New Study Brings Antarctic Ice Loss Into Sharper Focus

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the...

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 Tests Atomic Clock For Deep Space Navigation
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NASA Tests Atomic Clock For Deep Space Navigation

In deep space, accurate timekeeping is vital to navigation, but many spacecraft lack precise timepieces on board.

New Nasa Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Questions
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New Nasa Space Sensors to Address Key Earth Questions

Why is the Arctic warming faster than the rest of the planet?

Vista From Mars Rover Looks Back Over Journey So Far
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Vista From Mars Rover Looks Back Over Journey So Far

A panoramic image that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover took from a mountainside ridge provides a sweeping vista of key sites visited since the rover's 2012 landing,...

Geocarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas
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Geocarb: A New View of Carbon Over the Americas

A new NASA Earth science mission in the early stages of design may achieve a transformational advance in our understanding of the global carbon cycle by mapping...

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...

Nasa Sees First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery
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Nasa Sees First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

For the first time, scientists have shown through direct observations of the ozone hole by a satellite instrument, built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in...
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