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NASA to Boost Speed of Deep Space Communications

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NASA is planning an overhaul of its three space communication networks to boost data transfer speeds by up to 50 times in support of missions to the moon, Mars and...

Spirit Rover Switches to Backward Drives

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( -- The rover team has begun driving Spirit backward as next technique for attempting to extricate the rover from the sand trap where it is embedded. The first two...

Rover gives NASA an 'Opportunity' to view interior of Mars

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NASA's Mars exploration rover Opportunity is allowing scientists to get a glimpse deep inside Mars. Perched on a rippled Martian plain, a dark rock not much bigger than a basketball...

Soyuz spacecraft redocks to space station

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KOROLEV, Russia, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Russian cosmonauts docked a Soyuz spacecraft to a new location on the International Space Station Thursday after an orbital trip, officials said.

NASA Celebrates Earth Science Week

Just in time for Earth Science Week, NASA debuts new materials on global climate change to help you talk the talk about the climate of our Third Rock.

Free Spirit: Third Extrication Drive Ends With Wheel Stall

Spirit experienced a wheel stall with the right-rear wheel during the second step of a two-step drive on Sol 2092 (Saturday, Nov. 21).

Team Plans Uplink of Protective Files

The team operating NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter plans to uplink protective files to the spacecraft next week as one step toward resuming the orbiter's research and relay activities.

Dark Heart of the Eagle

The Herschel Space Observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA/JPL participation, has revealed a surprising amount of activity in the Eagle nebula.

As the World Churns

NASA Research Confirms Complex Motions of Earth's Churning, Burning Liquid Core

NASA Chooses Three Finalists for Future Space Science Mission to Venus, an Asteroid or the Moon

NASA has selected three proposals as candidates for the agency's next space venture to another celestial body in our solar system.

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Five Exoplanets

NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system.

Galaxy Exposes Its Dusty Inner Workings in New Spitzer Image

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an action-packed picture of the nearby Small Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy that looks like a wispy cloud when seen from Earth.

JPL Mourns Passing of Former Director Lew Allen Jr.

A former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lew Allen Jr., passed away Monday night, Jan. 4, at the age of 84, in Potomac Falls, Va.

Martian Landform Observations Fill Special Journal Issue

Martian landforms shaped by winds, water, lava flow, seasonal icing and other forces are analyzed in 21 journal reports based on data from a camera orbiting Mars.

Public Invited To Pick Pixels on Mars

Scientists Taking Suggestions on Where to Image the Red Planet Using NASA Satellite

Blame El Nino for Ariz., Calif. weather

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NORMAN, Okla., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Heavy snow and rain falling in Arizona Thursday and flooding and mudslides that battered Southern California are a result of El Nino, meteorologists...

UI astronomers capture first-of-kind image at distant star

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Two University of Iowa researchers have made the first direct radio image of a stellar coronal loop at a star, other than the sun, thereby providing scientists with information that...

Cave reveals Southwest's abrupt climate swings during Ice Age

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Ice Age climate records from an Arizona stalagmite link the Southwest's winter precipitation to temperatures in the North Atlantic, according to new research...

Hunt for Earth-Like Worlds Looks in the Mirror

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Finding habitable planets beyond the solar system could be easier if scientists search for worlds with glints of sunlight reflected by bodies of water, a new study found.

Joan of Arc 'relics' confirmed to be fake

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The so-called "relics of Joan of Arc," overseen by the Archbishop of Tours in Chinon, France, do not contain the charred remains of the Catholic saint. ...

NASA Reveals New Batch Of Space Program Artifacts

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( -- NASA is inviting eligible education institutions, museums and other organizations to examine and request space program artifacts online. The items represent significant human space flight technologies, processes and...

Viewer's Choice on Mars: NASA Takes Suggestions for Martian Photos

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If you have an absolute favorite spot on Mars, NASA wants to know. The agency may even take a snapshot for you.

Morocco hopes to shine in mega solar project

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Morocco's huge solar-thermal project aims to produce more than a third of the country's energy by 2020.

On The Trail Of Herschel's Cosmic Cat: NGC 6334

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The European Southern Observatory (ESO) has just released a new image of NGC 6334, an emission nebula discovered by astronomer John Herschel in 1837 and dubbed the Cat's Paw Nebula. ...

FORUM: Space Plasma Engine Protoype's Big Test?

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'Survival of the cutest' proves Darwin right

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Domestic dogs have followed their own evolutionary path, twisting Darwin's directive 'survival of the fittest' to their own needs - and have proved him right in the process, according to...

More states took in expired meds in 2009

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LAYTON, Utah (AP) -- A steel mailbox-sized bin in the lobby of a police department in northern Utah was full again, crammed with half-full prescription bottles,...

Private Space Stations Edge Closer to Reality

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Bigelow Aerospace is gearing up for a full-scale assault on space to build private space habitats.