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Voyager's Love Story
Topic: Missions
Summary: The chances of aliens finding Voyager 1 and 2 in the emptiness of space are small. If they do, the two spacecraft could speak volumes about their planet of origin - Earth.

Astronomy Technique Could Help Treat Melanomas
Topic: Missions
Summary: A technique that astronomers use to parse starlight might also be useful in assessing skin blots that may become cancerous.

5 Things You Should Know About Voyager
Topic: Missions
Summary: NASA's twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are the longest continuously-operating spacecraft in deep space. They have provided invaluable information about the nature of our solar system and the planets it contains.

First Contact: Investigating Astrobiology
Topic: Missions
Summary: In this essay, Marc Kaufman explains how his first contact with astrobiologists led him to write a book that tells the latest stories behind the science.

A New Way to Find Planets
Topic: Missions
Summary: Astronomers have a new way of identifying close, faint stars. The technique should help in the hunt for extrasolar worlds because these hard-to-see stars could be home to the easiest-to-see planets.

Space Shuttle Commemorative Cartoon
Topic: Missions
Summary: Artist Brian Basset has created a commemorative drawing as a tribute to NASA's Space Shuttle Program.

The Future for Space Missions
Topic: Missions
Summary: The National Research Council's long-anticipated report recommends a suite of flagship missions for exploring the solar system in the next decade. The missions cited in the report would expand our knowledge of potentially habitable environments on planets and moons, and would also shed light on some of the least understood locations in our solar system.

TED Talks for Space Junkies
Topic: Missions
Summary: The TED Talks series has hosted lectures that challenge viewers to consider the Universe and what humanity is doing to make better sense of it. Ten recent talks featured amazing discussions about the convergence of space science, art and society.

Technology to Grow Space Plants also Helps Humans Heal
Topic: Missions
Summary: A NASA technology originally developed for plant growth experiments in orbit has successfully reduced the painful side effects resulting from chemotherapy and radiation treatment in bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients.

The Reviving Breath of Atomic Oxygen
Topic: Missions
Summary: Oxygen has played a major role in the history of life on Earth. Now, thanks to research at NASA, oxygen is also being used to repair artistic masterpieces and enhance materials used on spacecraft. NASA has developed uses for atomic oxygen that will aid future space exploration and also improve life here on Earth.

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