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    A new study has identified six distinct, consecutive waves of 'evolutionary faunas' over the last 65 million years on Earth. The findings could help scientists understand how climate change will affect the future of life's evolution.
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. In the top story of the year, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and its Curiosity rover blast off on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The historic astrobiology mission
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number two, within just four months of data from NASA's Kepler mission, astronomers find evidence for more than 1,200 planetary candidates. Of those, 408 reside in systems with two or more planets. (Originally published
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number three, observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars. The findings could have implications in the study of potential habitats for life on Mars. (Originally
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number four, scientists find evidence of giant, shallow lakes beneath the surface of Europa. Data suggests that there is an exchange of materials between Europa's icy shell and the moon's subsurface ocean - bolstering
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number five, NASA launched the final space shuttle mission. This retrospective essay provides a personal view of Shuttle´s first launch -- STS-1 -- over thirty years ago. (Originally published 07/07/2011)
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number six, NASA ends operational planning activities for the Mars rover Spirit. This marked the end of one of the most successful missions of interplanetary exploration ever launched. (Originally published 05/27/2011)
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number seven, the National Research Council releases a long-anticipated report that recommends a suite of flagship missions for exploring the solar system in the next decade. (Originally published 03/09/2011)
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number eight, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft returns a wealth of surprising data from the tiny planet Mercury. (Originally published 10/12/2011)
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. At number nine, NASA's Dawn spacecraft enters into orbit around the asteroid Vesta on Friday, July 15. (Originally published 07/16/2011)
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    Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2011. We begin with NASA's Juno spacecraft, which began its journey to the Jupiter system on August 5th. (Originally published 08/04/2011 and 08/05/2011)
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    A team of scientists has successfully plotted changes in the Earth’s axis through laboratory measurements.
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    Two Earth-sized planets have been discovered around a dying star that has passed the red giant stage. This discovery, published in the science journal Nature, may shed new light on the destiny of stellar and planetary systems, including our solar system.
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    Sensorbots equipped with biogeochemical sensors could open a new chapter in ocean exploration.
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    The Russian Space Agency is now preparing an ambitious program of lunar exploration. Russia's new lunar mission, Luna-Glob, is scheduled for launch in 2014 or 2015.
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