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Dust counter got few 'hits' on Pluto flyby

A student-built University of Colorado Boulder instrument riding on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft found only a handful of dust grains, the building blocks of planets, when it whipped by Pluto at 31,000 miles per hour last ...

dateMar 17, 2016 in Space Exploration
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What's eating at Pluto?

Far in the western hemisphere, scientists on NASA's New Horizons mission have discovered what looks like a giant "bite mark" on Pluto's surface. They suspect it may be caused by a process known as sublimation—the transition ...

dateMar 14, 2016 in Space Exploration
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First RS25 flight engine test set for March

NASA is about to reach another milestone in the development of its Space Launch System (SLS.) The SLS is designed to take humans on future deep space missions, and the heart of the system is the RS-25 engine. March 10th will ...

dateMar 10, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Intensive training for Mars voyage

With just days to go before the departure of ExoMars, mission teams are in the final stages of their months-long training that ensures everyone knows their job the moment the mission comes alive.

dateMar 09, 2016 in Space Exploration
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Mercury's mysterious 'darkness' revealed

Scientists have long been puzzled about what makes Mercury's surface so dark. The innermost planet reflects much less sunlight than the Moon, a body on which surface darkness is controlled by the abundance of iron-rich minerals. ...

dateMar 07, 2016 in Space Exploration
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