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NASA's Dawn spacecraft is set to launch on July 7th from Cape Canaveral.
Credit: NASA
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Dawn spacecraft arrives at Pad-17B of the Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station. Next stop - asteroid belt.
Credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller
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This is an image of Salmonella typhimurium. A strain of this bacteria was used to
test the affects of spaceflight on microbes.
Credit: University of Florida
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STS-115 crew portrait. Astronauts Brent W. Jett, Jr. (right) and Christopher J.
Ferguson, commander and pilot, respectively, flank the mission insignia. The mission
specialists are, from left to right, astronauts Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper,
Joseph R. (Joe) Tanner, Daniel C. Burbank, and Steven G. MacLean.
Credit: NASA
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The salmonella experiment was flown aboard NASA's space shuttle mission STS-115.
Credit: NASA
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Hyperion explores Devon Island in the Canadian high Arctic, autonomously positioning itself to obtain enough solar energy to continue operation.Credit: Carnegie Mellon University
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Zoë makes tracks across Chile´ barren Atacama Desert, mapping the distribution of life in the driest place on Earth.Credit: Carnegie Mellon University
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Researchers at a makeshift control center for Zoë, set up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, simulated the experience of commanding a rover as it explores a distant world.Credit: Carnegie Mellon University
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The semi-autonomous robotic rover Zoë hunts for rocks in Chile´ Atacama Desert. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University
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Zoë under construction at Carnegie Mellon University. Credit: Carnegie Mellon University.
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This 2006 NASA-sponsored Desert RATS exercise in the Arizona desert studied how humans and robots might work together to explore an unknown world. Credit: Henry Bortman
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An artist's cross-section of Lake Vostok, the largest known subglacial lake in Antarctica. Liquid water is thought to take thousands of years to pass through the lake, which is the size of North America's Lake Ontario. Image Credit: Nicolle Rager-Fuller / National Science Foundation
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In developing his WSL robots, Dr. Hong took inspiration from amoebas, microscopic single-celled organisms that move by extending "pseudopods."
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An experiment to test the theory of using expanding and contracting rings to generate the novel motion of the amoeba robot. Credit: RoMeLa: Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory.
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An early prototype built from measuring tapes and specialized springs known as shape-memory coils. Credit: RoMeLa: Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory.
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Zoë, a robot configured to create geologic maps, explores the Mojave Desert near Amboy Crater, which is seen in the background on the right. credit: Henry Bortman
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David Thompson, who wrote Zoë´ mapping software, communes with the robot over a wireless network. credit: David Thompson
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credit: Henry Bortman
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At the beginning of a traverse (l), Zoe´ map has minimal detail, but as it travels farther (r), it is able to make geological distinctions with more confidence. The dark blue line represents Zoe´ path through its target region. credit: David Thompson/Carnegie Mellon. The underlying grayscale image is based on ASTER data (credit: NASA).
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The new images from MESSENGER show cliffs on Mercury's surface that extend for
hundreds of kilomters. This picture shows a large cliff crossing vertically through
the scene, on the far right of the image. The width of this image is about 200 km.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie
Institution of Washington
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This artist's impression shows the types of molecules that Venus Express has
identified in the planet's lower atmosphere.
Credits: C. Carreau, ESA
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In 2011, NASA will launch two spacecraft that will orbit the Earth and sample the
harsh radiation belt environment. The Radiation Belt Storm Probes Mission will
provide scientists with the information they need to make predications about changes
in this critical region of space.
Credit: NASA
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Biodesign Institute scientist John Chaput and his research team have
made the first self-assembled nanostructures composed entirely of
glycerol nucleic acid -- a synthetic analog of DNA. The nanostructures
contain additional properties not found in natural DNA, including the
ability to form mirror image structures. The ability to make mirror
image structures opens up new possibilities for nanotechnology.
Credit: Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University
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The only chemical difference between DNA and a synthetic cousin, GNA, is
in the sugar molecule.
Credit: Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University
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UMan Working with a Wooden Toy.
Credit: U Mass Amherst.
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An array of printed transistors on plastic.
Credit: Northwestern University
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Cut-away illustration of the WEAV
Credit: University of Florida
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SnoMotes measure just two feet long and one foot wide, enabling their light weight bodies to traverse volatile terrain more effectively and without endangering scientists.
Credit: University of Alaska Southeast/Alex Bogolepov

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University of Alaska Southeast scientist Matt Heavner and Georgia Tech engineer Ayanna Howard observe SnoMotes during field tests of the robots' navigation and communications capabilities in June on Juneau, Alaska's Mendenhall Glacier. Credit: University of Alaska Southeast/Matt Heavner
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The cryobot thermal probe uses heat to melt through ice, rather than a drill to cut. Image credit: NASA / JPL
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The thermal drill features spinning blades and a series of heaters, designed to be as effective and efficient as possible.
Image credit: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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A melting probe combined with a more conventional drill would make short work of solid obstacles like layers of sand.
Image credit: Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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With its successful test this month, Sentry is set to replace its predecessor, the Autonomous Benthic Explorer (ABE).
Image Credit: University of Washington
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A NASA image of the asteroid Eros (left) can be seen here compared to Robert Gaskell's shape model of the asteroid (right).
Credit: PSI

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The location of Devon Island, where the Mars Society conducted a Mars simulation experiment in 2007.
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The "Flashline" Mars Arctic Research Station (F-MARS) on Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic.
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Inspecting tracks during Mars simulation. Credit: Mars Society.
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Returning to the habitation after a day exploring on "Mars". Photo Credit: The Mars Society.
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Collecting a core sample on Devon Island. Credit: The Mars Society.
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A moment of reflection while exploring Devon Island. Credit: The Mars Society.
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Dinner in the hab during the 2007 FMARS experiment. Credit: The Mars Society.
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Collecting samples during the 2007 FMARS experiment on Devon Island. Credit: The Mars Society.
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Water ice diagram
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MSL
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watermap
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Credit: University Of Aarhus, Denmark
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Rhodri Armour with the 'Jollbot'. Credit: University of Bath
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Arecibo
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