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    Oxygen has played a major role in the history of life on Earth. Now, thanks to research at NASA, oxygen is also being used to repair artistic masterpieces and enhance materials used on spacecraft. NASA has developed uses for atomic oxygen that will aid future
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    New research shows how the asteroid Kleopatra spawned two moons sometime in the past 100 million years. The detailed study also provides new information about Kleopatra's composition, and could help astrobiologists understand the potential role of asteroids in the origin of life on Earth.
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    Even though our moon has suffered intense bombardment from asteroids and powerful radiation from the Sun, significant deposits of water remain in deep polar craters. New data from the LCROSS spacecraft has improved our understanding of this unique lunar resource and has identified other elements
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    Astronomers have gathered new data from a disc of material around a young star that is in the early stages of planetary formation. The study can help astrobiologists understand how planets form and where best to search for habitable extrasolar worlds.
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    Scientists have discovered that thousands of people lived on a treacherous chain of islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire as far back as at least 6000 B.C. The study is teaching scientists about the adaptability of humans, and could teach us about how our
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    Scientists have demonstrated that semipermeable vesicles can form from inorganic clay. Such vesicles might have been perfect containers for the first primitive cells.
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    New measurements from astronomy's most precise telescope are expanding our knowledge of many areas of space science, including the search for extrasolar planets.
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