• Mare Tranquillitatis pit crater revealing boulders on an otherwise smooth floor. This image from LRO's NAC is 400 meters (1,312 feet) wide, north is up. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has mapped more than 200 holes on the surface of the Moon.
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  • Sampling and asteroid - an artists conception of an NEA mission. Image Credit: NASA
    Humanity has plans to expand into space: to the Moon, to Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), and to the moons of Mars. Like any trip to anywhere, we need to know certain things before we go.
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  • An artist’s rendition of an astronaut paving the way for Martian colonization by working from one of Mars’ moons. Credit: SSERVI, Dr. Yvonne Pendleton
    Humanity has plans to expand into space: to the Moon, to Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs), and to the moons of Mars. Like any trip to anywhere, we need to know certain things before we go.
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    Following months of analysis and testing, the Kepler Space Telescope team has ended its attempts to restore the spacecraft to full working order. However, the spacecraft still could be used for other scientific research.
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    A new study shows that the number of potentially habitable planets in the Universe is greater than previously thought. The study focuses on Earth-sized planets in the habitable zones of low-mass stars.
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    A new study suggests that rocky super-Earths might cool down very slowly after their formation, making them hotter than previously thought. The research could have implications in understanding how "Earth-like" these planets truly are.
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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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  • Build Your Own Borg: Sort of
    The dream of many planetary geologists is to have a robot on another world making decisions about where it wants to go and what it wants to look closer at. One step towards that dream is a cybernetics experiment venturing into the Spanish cliffs.
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  • Apollo 12 Remembered
    This last week marked the thirty-fifth anniversary of the precision landing for Apollo 12. The mission sought to retrieve a camera casing from the robotic Surveyor 3 which had survived three years on the surface. But did biology sneak into their equation? The debate is
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  • Landing Site for Huygens
    The Cassini flyby of Titan has revealed complex landform boundaries and what many scientists hope is a rich source of oily lakes. Whether the January descent of the Huygens probe to the surface can target such shorelines remains a complex mystery to unravel over the
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  • Titan’s Drumroll Please
    The Cassini flyby of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, captured four gigabytes of data and images Wednesday morning. So far, the smoggy moon looks free of impact craters, shows streakiness or wind-scouring and harbors dark boundaries against a lighter 'shoreline'.
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  • Titan’s Flyby
    Next week's close approach between Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and the Cassini probe may reveal the first liquid surface seen off the home planet. But the purpose of the flyby is to get a better view of what a Christmas descent to the surface may
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  • Emoticons Invade Mars
    The Mars Global Surveyor released the latest glyph image that appears to evoke the kinds of communication in rock formations that has become famous among Mars' watchers on the internet. But there is a serious side to interpreting remote sensing data, and shadow is not
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  • Saturn’s Perfect Storms
    To see a hurricane grow on Earth, one's best view is from orbit. But on the windiest planet in the solar system, Saturnian clouds can gather to sizes greater than our tiny blue planet.
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  • Splitting Cargo and Crew
    The next generation shuttle, designed to support eventual lunar stops on the way to Mars, may benefit from a NASA concept to separate crew and cargo in future missions. Before a crew is sent, the cargo will be waiting for them.
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