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Beyond Mars, the Mini MarCO Spacecraft Fall Silent

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The first CubeSat mission to deep space may have reached their limit, but they could inspire future NASA missions.

Tour Alien Worlds with New Multimedia Treats

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While you can't actually travel to a planet outside our solar system, these new multimedia treats are the next-best thing.

360 Video: Curiosity Rover Departs Vera Rubin Ridge

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A new immersive video lets viewers explore Curiosity's last drill site on a Martian ridge. Scientists are eager to study the data it collected there.

NASA's MAVEN Shrinking Its Orbit for Mars 2020 Rover

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The atmosphere-sniffing spacecraft is embarking on a new campaign to take on additional responsibility as a data-relay satellite for NASA's Mars 2020 rover.

NASA to Share Results of Effort to Recover Mars Rover

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NASA will discuss the status of its Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity in a media briefing at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 13, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Six Things to Know About NASA's Opportunity Mars Rover

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Opportunity's mission is complete. Here are highlights from its time on Mars.

NASA's Opportunity Rover Mission on Mars Comes to End

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NASA's Opportunity Mars rover mission is complete after 15 years on Mars. Opportunity's record-breaking exploration laid the groundwork for future missions to the Red Planet.

NASA's InSight Prepares to Take Mars' Temperature

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The lander's second instrument is on the ground. But its 'mole' - a burrowing probe - has a long way to go.

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

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NASA has greenlit a mission to explore the origins of the universe and collect data on more than 300 million galaxies along with more than 100 million stars in the...

InSight Is the Newest Mars Weather Service

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By collecting data around the clock, NASA's lander will provide unique science about the Martian surface.

In Colliding Galaxies, a Pipsqueak Shines Bright

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A long, hard look at the Whirlpool galaxy with NASA's NuSTAR mission has revealed a puzzling scenario: An object smaller than Earth is outshining two galactic heavyweights.

Curiosity Resumes Operations After Switching Computers

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is in good health but takes a short break while engineers diagnose why it reset its computer.

NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor

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A team of scientists has re-created some of the first steps of life in the lab, testing whether life could emerge on other ocean worlds.

InSight Lands Praise and a Proclamation from LA County

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Several members of the Mars InSight team accepted a proclamation on behalf of the mission from L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Why Do Some Galactic Unions Lead to Doom?

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Galaxy mergers can lead to prosperity and new star formation - or kick off a galaxy's demise. Check out these images of galaxy mergers taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Galactic Wind Provides Clues to Evolution of Galaxies

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The Cigar Galaxy's wind is aligned along a magnetic field and blows huge amounts of material into space - the equivalent mass of 50 million to 60 million Suns.

More Testing for Mars InSight's 'Mole'

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After the mission's heat probe began hammering last week, it appears to have hit a rock. The team is analyzing data before they hammer again.

Solve Puzzles Like a Space Explorer on Pi Day

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is celebrating Pi Day with a set of illustrated planetary puzzlers that will test your skill as a rocket scientist.

Opportunity's Parting Shot Was a Beautiful Panorama

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NASA declared the record-setting rover's mission complete on Feb. 13, 2019, but the final image from the rover has just been processed.

NASA's Greenland Mission Still Surprises in Year Four

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As it takes to the field for the fourth year in a row, NASA's OMG mission has proven that when it comes to the world's largest island, we still have...

Cooking up Alien Atmospheres on Earth

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As scientists learn more about the array of planets beyond our solar system, they're cooking up exoplanet atmospheres in the lab to make sense of these exotic environments.

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover Is Put to the Test

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In January, Mars 2020 engineers and technicians took over JPL's cleanroom to put the mission's cruise, entry capsule, descent stage and rover through their paces.

NASA's JPL Seeking Applicants for First Space Accelerator

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The experimental program will develop technologies with startup companies for future space missions.

Catch NASA's JPL at the Clippers SciFest This Weekend

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Explore the galaxy with NASA's JPL this weekend at a free STEM festival for Los Angeles students and families.

NASA Instruments Image Fireball over Bering Sea

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Two NASA instruments captured imagery of a meteor that exploded over the Bering Sea on Dec. 18, 2018.

Asteroids, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe for Life on Mars

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Laser blasts in lab tests suggest asteroid bombardment could have provided key ingredients for life on ancient Mars.

'Space Butterfly' Is Home to Hundreds of Baby Stars

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Imaged by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, this magnificent nebula resembles a butterfly floating through space and was formed by the stars that were born, lived and died in it.

NASA's Cassini Finds Saturn's Rings Coat Tiny Moons

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft gave scientists the closest-ever look at the mini-moons near Saturn - and new data that helps explain their weird shape and what they're made of.