• Forty years after the first lunar rover rolled across the Moon, NASA's Great Moonbuggy Race is challenging future engineers to demonstrate the same ingenuity. Technologies such as this could prove essential for future human explorers on the Moon and beyond.
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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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  • New evidence shows that saline groundwaters in South Africa may be the oldest known water on Earth. Fractures in rocks in the Witwatersrand Basin that are filled with this water also support the deepest known microbial ecosystem on Earth.
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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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  • New evidence shows that saline groundwaters in South Africa may be the oldest known water on Earth. Fractures in rocks in the Witwatersrand Basin that are filled with this water also support the deepest known microbial ecosystem on Earth.
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  • NASA's next Mars mission will carry a 'chemical element reader' that can measure the chemical ingredients in rocks and soil. The instrument is one of many that the Mars Science Laboratory will use to determine if Mars was once habitable for life as we know
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  • NASA's next Mars mission will carry a 'chemical element reader' that can measure the chemical ingredients in rocks and soil. The instrument is one of many that the Mars Science Laboratory will use to determine if Mars was once habitable for life as we know
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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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  • 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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