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    NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has pieced together the first portrait of the Solar System - from the inside looking out. The image compliments a similar portrait captured by Voyager 1 and taken from the outside of the Solar System looking inward.
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    By studying how patterns arise in various systems, a mathematician may show how biological forms are controlled by the laws of physics and not just evolution. The research could provide new information about the history of life on Earth.
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    Special cameras on the IBEX spacecraft have snapped their first pictures of the complex interactions between space weather and Earth's magnetic field. The new data could help astrobiologists understand the links between the space environment and Earth's habitability.
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    Astronomers have directly imaged two young stars that reveal host planets may have formed from their disks. The finding will help scientists understand planet formation, an essential step in determining where to search for habitable, Earth-like worlds.
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    'Astronauts' aboard a simulated mission to Mars have made their first steps on the surface of 'Mars.' The Mars500 project is helping scientists understand the difficulties of designing a human Mars mission. Many astrobiologists hope that human explorers on the surface of Mars will one
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    Researchers have discovered a fossilized dinosaur bone that raises questions about the theory that the age of dinosaurs ended between 65.5 and 66 million years ago. The discovery could change our understanding of the timeline of life's evolution on Earth.
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    Discoveries at a new fossil site in China are filling gaps in our understanding of how life recovered after the greatest mass extinction known in Earth's history.
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    The claim of a microbe that swaps arsenic for phosphorus may be questionable, but alternative chemistries for life is still a question worth considering, say researchers.
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    NASA has released new images from the Stardust spacecraft's encounter with the comet Tempel 1. One set of images shows a new crater that was formed by the impact of the 2005 Deep Impact mission.
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    Apollo 14 not only brought astronauts to the moon, but also a collection seeds. Astrobiologists were not sure if the seeds would germinate after orbiting the Moon 34 times, but they did. 'Moon trees' have been planted across the US and one researcher is now
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    A new mathematical model is helping scientists understand the complex interactions within ecological food webs. The model could help astrobiologists understand the future of extinction events on our planet.
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    The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument has been carefully installed on NASA's next Mars rover. SAM is part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which is scheduled to launch in November of 2011, and will search for organic molecules on the surface of Mars.
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    New technology may make finding life on Mars easier. According to new research, adding a laser and ion funnel to a mass spectrometer, a rover could directly analyze materials on Mars without directly handling the samples.
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    NASA's Stardust spacecraft is hurtling toward a Valentine's Day encounter with a second comet. Stardust flew within 150 miles of comet Wild 2 in 2004, and now has its 'heart' set on comet Tempel 1.
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    Scientists studying planet formation have long been trying to determine why Mars is so small. A new model may help solve the mystery. The study could alter ideas about the early solar system and change our understanding of how small, rocky planets form and evolve.
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