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NASA’s Dawn captures most detailed pics of Ceres to date

NASA’s Dawn captures most detailed pics of Ceres to date

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is back in dwarf planet Ceres’ sunny-side orbit after spending in excess of a month on the planet’s dark side. Now that it can see again, the spacecraft has captured a series of new pictures of the tiny planet, and they are the most detailed and highest resolution so far, having been snapped at a distance of 21,000 miles. Furthermore, the images have been aggregated into a short animation showing the planet rotate in relatively small increments.

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SpaceX CRS-6 mission success: Tweets from space

SpaceX CRS-6 mission success: Tweets from space

The SpaceX mission known as CRS-6 had two points of success - one up in space at the ISS, another in the Atlantic Ocean. While the Earthbound piece of this pie did not land successfully - but came OH SO CLOSE - the package delivered to the ISS did, indeed, arrive completely safely. Onboard were 2 tons of science and supplies - including coffee - for the crew of the International Space Station for all nations aboard. No more instant coffee for those above our heads doing science!

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NASA’s Mercury probe is about to crash (and they couldn’t be happier)

NASA’s Mercury probe is about to crash (and they couldn’t be happier)

Normally a hugely expensive spacecraft crashing into a planet wouldn't be a cause for celebration, but NASA scientists are gleeful at the prospect later this month. Messenger, a probe launched back in 2004 and which has been orbiting Mercury for roughly the past four years, will very soon run out of propellant and go hurtling toward the surface. Rather than mourning it, however, NASA is positively embracing the destruction.

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NASA Spitzer Space Telescope discovers exoplanet 13,000 light years away

NASA Spitzer Space Telescope discovers exoplanet 13,000 light years away

NASA has used the Spitzer Space Telescope to discover many exoplanets and so far, most of those exoplanets have been relatively close in the cosmic scheme of things. The latest exoplanet that NASA has discovered with Spitzer is much farther away from the Earth than most previously discovered. The new planet is a distant gas giant that is about 13,000 light years away making it one of the most distant planets known to man.

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NASA’s New Horizons teases with Pluto pic ahead of July flyby

NASA’s New Horizons teases with Pluto pic ahead of July flyby

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will be making a historic flyby of Pluto mid-summer this year, and it’ll be capturing during the process humanity’s first close up photographs (and relevant scientific data) of the planet. It will be three months from now before the spacecraft will shuttle its images of Pluto back to its creators on Earth, but in the meantime we’ve a relatively low resolution color image from the spacecraft, the first one it took of both Pluto and Charon, its moon.

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NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

NASA made an autonomous car too, and it makes Google’s look dull

Auto makers the world over are scrambling to create cars that can drive themselves, but they're not the only ones interested in such technology. NASA has set its sights on the technology, something we've heard bits and pieces about in the past. Today the space agency decided to show the fruits of its labor, however, posting a video on its YouTube account of the finished product. It is called the Modular Robotic Vehicle, MRV for short, and it can -- among other things -- drive itself when needed.

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Mars is moist: evidence of water found in surface salt

Mars is moist: evidence of water found in surface salt

Because Mars no longer has the global magnetic fields required to retain water like we have on Earth, it's not likely we'll find a tiny pool to swim in any time soon. What NASA has found, on the other hand, is new evidence that water can indeed exist on the planet - and that salts on the surface are able to absorb water from the atmosphere, collecting it on land. Again, this isn't the same sort of water we're seeing after a long rainfall on Earth - but it is another positive sign for the future, a future in which humans live on Mars for long periods of time.

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NASA uses smartphones to create earthquake warning network

NASA uses smartphones to create earthquake warning network

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has found a way to use crowdsourced data from smartphones to create a network of early detection and warnings for earthquakes. The system uses crowdsourced measurements from the GPS sensors in smartphones and tablets. Although smartphone GPS sensors are less accurate than scientific-grade equipment, they are ubiquitous enough to create a widespread network which could work just as well as singular scientific measurements. This technology would especially benefit areas that can't afford expensive advanced detection and warning systems.

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NASA anticipates finding evidence of alien life in 10 to 20 years

NASA anticipates finding evidence of alien life in 10 to 20 years

If you're hoping humans will discover other living beings in the universe during your lifetime, you might be in luck. Speaking yesterday at a panel in DC, NASA researchers touched on the topic of alien life and finding evidence of such, and what they had to say was largely inspiring: it'll eventually happen, and the first stages of that likely within the span of the next 20 years. The prospect is exciting, not the least of which is due to the leaps in space travel humans are likely to make in that same time span.

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