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NASA to Announce New Findings on Fate of Mars’ Atmosphere

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NASA will provide details of key science findings from the agency’s ongoing exploration of Mars during a news briefing at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 5 in the James Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters in Washington. (Science and Geophysical Research Letters embargoed details until 2 p.m. EST Nov. 5) The event will be broadcast

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Solar Wind and Mars Bow Shock

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Cassini images just a taste of Enceladus flyby science return

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Days after a fleeting plunge through the icy plumes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is broadcasting tantalizing data back to Earth for scientists eager to address the moon’s prospects for life. NASA’s Cassini spacecraft captured this view as it neared icy Enceladus for its closest-ever dive past the moon’s active south polar region. 

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Q Continuum computer simulation models birth of universe

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Researchers are sifting through an avalanche of data produced by one of the largest cosmological simulations ever performed, led by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory. The simulation, run on the Titan supercomputer at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, modelled the evolution of the universe from just 50 million years

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Surprising discovery of molecular oxygen on comet 67P

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The biggest surprise so far in the chemical analysis of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s atmosphere is the high proportion of oxygen molecules. While such molecules are common in the Earth’s atmosphere, their presence on comets had originally been ruled out. This single frame Rosetta navigation camera image of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken on 7 July 2015 from

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Black hole Markarian 335 has major flare

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The baffling and strange behaviours of black holes have become somewhat less mysterious recently, with new observations from NASA’s Explorer missions Swift and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR. The two space telescopes caught a supermassive black hole in the midst of a giant eruption of X-ray light, helping astronomers address an ongoing puzzle:

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NASA Seeks Student Experiments for Edge-of-Space Balloon Flight

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NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly their science and technology experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon mission. NASA is planning for a fall 2016 launch for the next High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) mission, a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE)

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Space Station Crew Celebrates 15 Years of Human Space Exploration in Low-Earth Orbit

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All six members of the Expedition 45 crew aboard the International Space Station will participate in a news conference at 10 a.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 2 to mark the start of continuous work by humans aboard the space-based laboratory 15 years ago. The 30-minute news conference will air live on NASA Television and agency’s

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Happy Hour on Comet Lovejoy

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