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  • Doubts Over Fomalhaut b

    Doubts Over Fomalhaut b

    Sept. 28, 2011

    News & Features

    Formalhaut b has been billed as the first exoplanet to be directly imaged in optical wavelengths. Now, it's identity is being questioned. Determining the effectiveness of planet-hunting techniques is important for astrobiologists who are searching for habitable worlds around distant stars.

  • Help NASA Find Life On Mars With MAPPER

    Help NASA Find Life On Mars With MAPPER

    Sept. 27, 2011

    News & Features

    Would you like to participate in NASA's analog research program? Interested in helping scientists pinpoint where to look for signs of life on Mars and elsewhere in the universe? Now you can, with an exciting new citizen science website called MAPPER.

  • Earth's Trapped Gas Fed the Early Atmosphere

    Earth's Trapped Gas Fed the Early Atmosphere

    Sept. 27, 2011

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    A new study demonstrates how salty water and gases transfer from the atmosphere into the Earth's interior. The research provides new insight into the evolution of our planet. Studying the physical processes of Earth can help astrobiologists understand what makes a planet habitable.

  • Exploring an Asteroid with the Desert RATS

    Exploring an Asteroid with the Desert RATS

    Sept. 26, 2011

    News & Features

    Scientists and astronauts recently simulated a future human mission to an asteroid in the desert near Flagstaff, Arizona.

  • How Enceladus Shapes Saturn

    How Enceladus Shapes Saturn

    Sept. 23, 2011

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    Combining data from the Herschel Space Observatory with cloud models of Saturn has helped scientists understand how plumes of water vapor and ice from Enceladus affect the chemical composition of Saturn.

  • Martian Clay as Habitats for Life

    Martian Clay as Habitats for Life

    Sept. 23, 2011

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    New research shows that young clays discovered on Mars may have been habitats for life relatively recently in the planet's history.

  • NASA to Demonstrate Communications Via Laser Beam

    NASA to Demonstrate Communications Via Laser Beam

    Sept. 22, 2011

    News & Features

    It currently takes 90 minutes to transmit high-resolution images from Mars, but NASA would like to dramatically reduce that time to just minutes.

  • How Exoplanets are Surprising Scientists

    How Exoplanets are Surprising Scientists

    Sept. 21, 2011

    News & Features

    Kepler has provided a trove of information concerning extrasolar planets. Earlier this summer, The Kavli Foundation spoke with three prominent researchers in the field about how Kepler’s discoveries are already helping to change their thinking about planets in the Milky Way.

  • WISE Mission Captures Black Hole's Wildly Flaring Jet

    WISE Mission Captures Black Hole's Wildly Flaring Jet

    Sept. 20, 2011

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    Astronomers using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have captured rare data of a flaring black hole, revealing new details about these powerful objects and their blazing jets.

  • Origin of Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Remains a Mystery

    Origin of Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Remains a Mystery

    Sept. 20, 2011

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    Observations from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission indicate the family of asteroids some believed was responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs is not likely the culprit, keeping open the case on one of Earth's greatest mysteries.