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Dawn continues to unravel Ceres' secrets

Dawn's science team has presented a treasure trove of data and images captured by the spacecraft as it orbits a mere 240 miles (385 km) above the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. The observations, which include a stunningly detailed view of the famous Occator crater, are leading to a series of breakthroughs regarding the nature of the enigmatic wanderer including the first detection of ice water on the planetoid's surface.Read More

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Fire, meteor and gecko-gripper experiments en route to Space Station

At this moment, a spacecraft containing the means for astronauts to set fire outside the International Space Station is rocketing into outer space. The craft is an Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft, and it was launched courtesy of an Atlas V rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on March 22 at 11:05 p.m. EDT. In addition to the materials for the fire-starting experiment, the resupply craft also has 7,500 lb (3,402 kg) of additional supplies aboard including the gear for a total of 250 experiments to be conducted aboard the ISS in the coming months. Here's a look at a few of the highlights.Read More

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High-resolution gravity map confirms Mars’ molten core

NASA has released a new gravity map for Mars stitched together from telemetry data collected by a trio of spacecraft over the course of 16 years orbiting the Red Planet. The map has already led to the confirmation that Mars hosts a molten liquid outer core, and insights relating to the titanic transfer of atmospheric material to the polar regions of the Red Planet during their winter cycle.Read More

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New class of enormous spiral galaxies discovered

Astronomers have discovered an entirely new breed of super massive galaxies that had previously been hiding in plain sight among spiral galaxies such as our own Milky Way. The vast galactic structures rank among the most luminous and largest of any galaxies discovered to date, and are believed to shine up to 14 times brighter than the Milky Way galaxy.Read More

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NASA to light fire on orbiting space craft

In what might sound like a rather frightening first, NASA plans to set fire in a spacecraft in orbit. Scheduled for May, the Spacecraft Fire Experiment-I (Saffire-I) will take place aboard an unmanned Cygnus cargo ship after it completes its resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The purpose of this controlled pyrotechnic experiment is a better understanding of large-scale fires in zero gravity and improving spacecraft design safety.Read More

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Dawn marks its one-year anniversary orbiting Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft recently marked its one-year anniversary of becoming the first man-made object to enter orbit around a dwarf planet. Join us as we take a look at the spacecraft's many achievements in shedding light on what had previously been a little known member of our solar system, Ceres.
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