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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. At number 3, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) confirms that the Hayabusa spacecraft has successfully returned samples from the asteroid Itokawa. (Originally published 11/21/2010)
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. At number 4 is the flyby of comet Hartley 2 by NASA's EPOXI spacecraft. The images it captured show a peanut-shaped nucleus with many jets of gas spewing from its surface. (Originally published 11/05/2010
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  • Astrobiology Top 10: Trapped Rover Finds Evidence of Water on Mars
    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2010. At number 5 is evidence from NASA's Spirit rover that water trickled into the subsurface of Mars fairly recently. (Originally published 10/30/2010)
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of 2010. At number 6 are the experiments prompted by a surprise from NASA´s Phoenix Mars Lander suggesting that soil examined by NASA´s Viking Mars landers in 1976 may have contained carbon-based chemical building blocks of
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of 2010. At number 7 is the first analysis of the atmosphere of a super-Earth orbiting a distant star. Observations suggest that the atmosphere is mostly water in the form of steam, thick clouds or hazes.
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of 2010. At number 8, the cancellation of the Constellation program and NASA's new plans to work with commercial space developers in order to maintain human access to space. (Originally published 2/2/2010).
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of 2010. At number 9 is a story about how NASA's WISE telescope could settle the argument about whether our Sun has a companion star (nicknamed 'Nemesis.') (Originally published 3/11/2010).
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of 2010. At number 10 is a study that could one day help scientists determine how long viruses have existed on Earth. (Originally published on September 06, 2010).
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    NASA´s IceBite team was in Antarctica this month to test a new drill for use on a possible future mission to Mars. In this blog entry, Margarita Marinova describes preparations for the trip to remote University Valley. Team member Andrew Jackson writes about his
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    The Cassini spacecraft has found possible ice volcanoes on Saturn's moon Titan. The unique moon continues to teach astrobiologists about the evolution of rocky bodies around giant planets and is helping scientists understand if such worlds could support habitable environments.
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    Computational biologists have used modern-day genomes to reconstruct the evolution of ancient microbes. The study provides new insight into the evolution of ancient life on Earth.
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    A change in the Earth´s orbit, many scientists believe, transformed the "Green Sahara" into what is now the largest desert on the planet. While scientists are still trying to find out if the slow shift in orbit had rapid or gradual environmental consequences, they say
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    Scientists have discovered that an asteroid that crashed into the Nubian Desert in 2008 delivered at least 10 different types of meteorites. Some of the meteorites contain chemicals that are thought to have been important for the origin of life on Earth.
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    On December 2, NASA held a press conference to announce the discovery of a bacterium that has a novel biochemistry. The research made headlines around the world and sparked a great deal of scientific debate.
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    Scientists have discovered amino acids, fundamental building blocks for life as we know it, in a meteorite where none were expected. The NASA-funded study could help astrobiologists understand the potential role of meteorites in the origin of life on the early Earth.
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