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— Biology

Scientists plan to grow potatoes under Martian conditions

A new collaborative project between the International Potato Center (CIP) and NASA will see a crop of potatoes grown on Earth under the same conditions found on the Red Planet. The effort is not only a big step towards the goal of one day constructing a controlled farming dome on Mars, but will also demonstrate the potential of growing potatoes in inhospitable environments back home – something that the researchers hope will help tackle world hunger.

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— Space

Cassini prepares for a final pass of icy Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is preparing for its final flyby of the icy moon Enceladus. The pass is slated to take place on Dec. 19 at a distance of 3,106 miles (4,999 km). This final close proximity encounter of Enceladus comes as part of a farewell tour of Saturn's moons that have been so well characterized by the spacecraft, prior to beginning its "Grand Finale" mission late in 2016.

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