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    By weaving together biology and technology, Angelo Vermeulen's artistic and scientific explorations could help rethink how people interact with the systems that can keep them in both space and on Earth.
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    The Earth has vast oceans and large glaciers near its poles, yet less than one percent of our planet's mass is locked up in water. A new analysis is helping astronomers understand why the Earth is comparatively dry.
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    NASA has released a new report discussing human deep-space exploration. The paper explores the requirements of a ship that could carry astronauts to a near Earth asteroid.
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    Astronaut Don Pettit recently completed a stay on the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 31 crew. In this diary entry, he discusses the marvel of spacesuits and his stay at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
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    When the Apollo astronauts visited the Moon, they spent only 2-3 days before returning home. The effects of long-duration exploration on the lunar surface are still unknown. Now, a team of researchers is attempting to quantify the hazards faced by humans on extended missions.
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    Researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli bacteria. The experiment is helping scientists observe evolution in action.
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    A new study suggests that meteorites and their parent asteroids are the most-likely sources of water on Earth. Understanding if and how volatile elements were delivered to the early Earth is important in determining the origins of water and life on our planet.
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    Detectar água na superfície de exoplanetas está se tornando uma alta prioridade para pesquisadores, já que água na superfície é considerada um requerimento para habitabilidade. Nova pesquisa examina se o “brilho” da luz vinda de um planeta pode ser interpretada como evidência para oceanos em
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    Detecting water on the surface of exoplanets is becoming a high priority for researchers, as surface water is considered a requirement for habitability. New research examines whether or not the “glint” of light from a planet can be interpreted as evidence for surface oceans.
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    On August 5th, NASA will be unleashing a pyrotechnic display in the skies of Mars. The Curiosity rover, carried by the Mars Science Laboratory, will streak through the atmosphere of the red planet on its way to a landing in Gale Crater.
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    Two new reports show that the bacterium known as GFAJ-1 requires small amounts of phosphate to grow, and that it cannot substitute arsenic for phosphorus to survive, as one previous report had suggested.
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    Astronaut Don Pettit recently completed a stay on the International Space Station as part of the Expedition 31 crew. While in orbit, he posted a series of diary entries about his experiences on the station and the important research that the crew conducted concerning life's
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    A new study suggests that evidence of ancient life on Mars might be found at relatively shallow depths on the martian surface. The findings suggest that, if Mars harbor simple organic molecules, NASA's prospects for discovering them with the Curiosity rover are better than previously
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    An advanced telescope imaging system has begun taking data, and is the first of its kind capable of spotting planets orbiting suns outside our solar system. Project 1640 creates 'dark holes' around stars of interest, ultimately allowing direct imaging of planets that orbit them.
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    On May 29, a bus-sized asteroid sped past the Earth in the sixth-closest approach on record. Dubbed 2012 KT42, the asteroid crossed the orbits of weather and television satellites only 22,000 miles above our planet's surface.
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