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NASA’s Hubble maps temperature, water vapor on extreme exoplanet

Posted October 10, 2014 by

NASA/ESA photograph This is a temperature map of the “hot Jupiter” class exoplanet WASP 43b. The white-colored region on the daytime side is 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. The nighttime side temperatures drop to under 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. A team of scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has made the most detailed global map yet of the…

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NASA’s Orion spacecraft arrives at launch pad

Posted November 12, 2014 by

NASA’s new Orion spacecraft now is at its launch pad after completing its penultimate journey in the early hours of Nov. 12.

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NASA, planetary scientists find meteoritic evidence of Mars water reservoir

Posted December 19, 2014 by

This illustration depicts Martian water reservoirs. Recent research provides evidence for the existence of a third reservoir that is intermediate in isotopic composition between the Red Planetís mantle and its current atmosphere. These results support the hypothesis that a buried cryosphere accounts for a large part of the initial water budget of Mars. NASA and…

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Critical NASA science returns to Earth aboard SpaceX Dragon spacecraft

Posted February 11, 2015 by

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean about 7:44 p.m., EST, Feb. 10 259 miles southwest of Long Beach, Calif., with nearly 3,700 pounds of NASA cargo, science and first-of-its-kind technology demonstration samples from the International Space Station.

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NASA research suggests Mars once had more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean

Posted March 6, 2015 by

A primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, according to NASA scientists who, using ground-based observatories, measured water signatures in the Red Planet’s atmosphere.

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NASA spacecraft achieves unprecedented success studying Mercury

Posted April 17, 2015 by

After extraordinary science findings and technological innovations, a NASA spacecraft launched in 2004 to study Mercury will impact the planet’s surface, most likely on April 30, after it runs out of propellant.

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Commercial Crew milestones met; partners on track for 2017 missions

Posted May 27, 2015 by

NASA has taken another step toward returning America’s ability to launch crew missions to the International Space Station from the United States in 2017. The Commercial Crew Program ordered its first crew rotation mission from The Boeing Company. SpaceX, which successfully performed a pad abort test of its flight vehicle earlier this month, is expected…

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NASA’s New Horizons team finds haze, flowing ice on Pluto

Posted July 24, 2015 by

Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA’s New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders.

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Last piggyback ride

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NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft number 905 arrived at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., April 10 for its final shuttle-related mission. The aircraft will ferry the space shuttles to their final resting places by fall. Currently, NASA technicians are preparing Discovery for the ferry flight early next week to the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles airport…

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Black hole caught red-handed in stellar homicide

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Astronomers have gathered the most direct evidence yet of a supermassive black hole shredding a star that wandered too close. NASA’s Galaxy Evolution Explorer, a space-based observatory, and the Pan-STARRS1 telescope on the summit of Haleakala in Hawaii, were among the first to help identify the stellar remains. Supermassive black holes, weighing millions to billions…

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