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NASA Issues 'Remastered' View of Jupiter's Moon Europa

Scientists have produced a new version of what is perhaps NASA's best view of Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa.

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Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'

Curiosity Mars Rover's Approach to 'Pahrump Hills'

This southeastward-looking vista from the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows the "Pahrump Hills" outcrop and surrounding terrain seen from a position about 70 feet (20 meters) northwest of the outcrop. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Solar System Missions

Cassini-Huygens to Saturn
Studying Saturn and its rings and moons.
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Dawn
Dawn, the first spacecraft ever planned to orbit two different bodies after leaving Earth, will orbit Vesta and Ceres, two of the largest asteroids in the solar system.
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Epoxi
The Epoxi mission recycles the already "in flight" Deep Impact spacecraft to investigate two distinct celestial targets of opportunity.
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Juno
The Juno spacecraft, currently making its way to Jupiter, will for the first time peer below Jupiter's dense cover of clouds to answer questions about the gas giant and the origins of our solar system.
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Mars Exploration Rovers
Spirit and Opportunity have been exploring Mars since January 2004. Clues found in some rocks indicate liquid water once covered the ground.
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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
This orbiter has the most powerful telescopic camera ever to another planet, plus five other scientific instruments.
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Mars Science Laboratory
(MSL) spacecraft -- which includes the newest Red Planet rover, the car-sized Curiosity.
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Mars Odyssey
This orbiter studies Mars' surface composition and radiation environment and has instruments to detect water and shallow buried ice.
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Microwave Instrument on Rosetta Orbiter
This JPL instrument will study gases given off by a comet as the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft orbits the comet. Rendezvous with the comet is scheduled for 2014.
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Voyager
Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
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Jim Watzin, new director for NASA's Mars Exploration Program Mars Exploration Program Director Named

Jim Watzin has been named the new director for NASA's Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

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Densely-Grouped Shrimp Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues to Alien Life

At one of the world's deepest undersea hydrothermal vents, tiny shrimp are piled on top of each other, layer upon layer, crawling on rock chimneys that spew hot water.

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This 3D image shows what it would look like to fly over the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta Comet Landing in 'Thud' and 3D

The initial descent of the Rosetta mission's comet lander Philae was captured in a 3D image and in sound by instruments aboard the spacecraft.

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Europa: Ocean World Play video: Europa: Ocean World

Scientists think there is an ocean within Jupiter's moon Europa.

Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues to Alien Life Play video: Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues to Alien Life

This extreme oasis of life deep in the Caribbean Sea may hold clues to life on other planetary bodies, including Jupiter's moon Europa.

How Do You Land on a Comet How Do You Land on a Comet

Right now the Rosetta spacecraft is in the orbit of the comet getting its lander ready for this historic event.

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