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NASA's Advanced Concepts
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NASA has selected to fund thirty new concept studies as part of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.

JUNO's JEDI Powers
Topic: Missions
NASA's Juno Spacecraft lifted off on Friday, July 5, 2011, and began its five-year journey to Jupiter. Juno will study Jupiter's origin and evolution, and will help astrobiologists understand more about planetary systems around other stars.

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Asteroid Vesta
Topic: Missions
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first probe ever to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt.

The Lure of the High Frontier
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The countdown for the launch of the final Space Shuttle mission begins tomorrow. This retrospective essay provides a personal view of Shuttle´s first launch -- STS-1 -- over thirty years ago.

Hubble's Million Milestone
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On July 4th, 2011, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope logged its one millionth science observation while searching for water in an exoplanet's atmosphere.

Astrotherapy for Cancer
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Astronomers have helped in developing a new radiation treatment that could aid cancer patients.

Five Steps Toward Future Exploration
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The NASA Astrobiology Science & Technology for Exploring Planets (ASTEP) program has announced a set of new projects to develop and test technologies that will enable the astrobiological exploration of the Solar System. By exploring Earth's extreme environments, astrobiologists advance the search for life on other planets.

Rage Against the Dying of the Light
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Astronomers have found hundreds of planets orbiting far-distant stars, but the road to discovery has been rough, and often led to dead-ends. Geoff Marcy, a planet-hunting pioneer, stomped a few miles down this road at a recent exoplanet symposium.

Setting Sight on a Single Star
Topic: Missions
NASA recently selected 20 small satellites to fly as auxiliary cargo aboard rockets that are planned to launch in 2011 and 2012. The 'CubeSats' include the ExoPlanetSat, which will aid in the search for Earth-like planets by monitoring a single star.

Three Missions Compete for 2016 Discovery
Topic: Missions
Three science investigations of interest to astrobiology are being considered for a 2016 NASA mission: to look at Mars' interior; study an extraterrestrial sea on Titan; or study a comet's nucleus in detail.

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