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NASA Spacecraft Closes in on a Summer Encounter With Pluto

KQED Science | May 29, 2015 | 1 Comment

NASA Spacecraft Closes in on a Summer Encounter With Pluto

Eight-five years after its discovery in 1930, the distant and mysterious Pluto will finally become an "explored" planet. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has been en route to Pluto for nearly ten years, and is almost there, speeding toward a close encounter in July.

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NASA Co-Discovers the Most Distant Extrasolar Planet Yet

KQED Science | May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA Co-Discovers the Most Distant Extrasolar Planet Yet

A collaboration between NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and Poland's Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) project has recently discovered one of the most distant extrasolar planets known to date.

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NASA’s Most Recent Successes in the Search for Life-friendly Conditions on Mars

KQED Science | April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Most Recent Successes in the Search for Life-friendly Conditions on Mars

Intensive exploration of Mars by NASA spacecraft continues to pay tantalizing dividends in our quest for signs of liquid water, and the potentially life-friendly environments it could offer.

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More Exoplanet Thrills on the Horizon

KQED Science | April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

More Exoplanet Thrills on the Horizon

The number of planets we have found orbiting other stars has snowballed in recent years, thanks to discoveries by the Kepler spacecraft. Now, NASA's next missions toward understanding the Milky Way's abundant worlds are preparing for launch.

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NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft: Preparing Its Farewell Message From Mercury

KQED Science | April 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft: Preparing Its Farewell Message From Mercury

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is soon to end its 10-year mission in a fiery touchdown on the surface of the planet Mercury--but not before giving us our most up-close look yet at this little understood and elusive world.

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Cassini Detects Signs of Conditions Friendly to Life

KQED Science | March 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Cassini Detects Signs of Conditions Friendly to Life

Far beneath the icy crust of Saturn's small moon Enceladus, hydrothermal activity may be at work, activity similar to what is found in some life-friendly environments on Earth.

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Dawn Arrives at Ceres, Makes History

KQED Science | March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Dawn Arrives at Ceres, Makes History

March 6, eight years after launch and two and a half years since leaving its last port of call, the asteroid Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has arrived at the dwarf planet Ceres, making history!

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2015 Picks Up Where 2014 Record Heat Left Off

KQED Science | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

2015 Picks Up Where 2014 Record Heat Left Off

Last month was the second-hottest January on record globally, in a continuation of 2014's warmth.

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Reincarnated

KQED Science | February 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Kepler Mission Reincarnated

Space exploration has suffered its share of setbacks and disappointments over the decades, but few of them stung as much as the 2013 mechanical failure of the Kepler spacecraft, a space telescope designed to accomplish one of the most exciting explorations of space ever: the search for potentially Earth-like planets orbiting other stars.

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NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft on Approach for a Historic Encounter

KQED Science | February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft on Approach for a Historic Encounter

On March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will become our first encounter with a dwarf planet when it arrives at Ceres.

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NASA Satellite Could Help Weather Forecasts, Drought Management

KQED Science | January 28, 2015 | 1 Comment

NASA Satellite Could Help Weather Forecasts, Drought Management

Newest Earth science mission could extend the accuracy range of weather forecasts, fine-tune flood forecasts.

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New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes up for Its Historic Fly-by of Pluto

KQED Science | January 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

New Horizons Spacecraft Wakes up for Its Historic Fly-by of Pluto

Only 84 years after its discovery in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, it is the eve of our first-ever close-up look at everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will make a fly-by on July 14th, after a high-speed, nine-year voyage.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Possible Long-Term Water on Mars

KQED Science | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Finds Evidence of Possible Long-Term Water on Mars

NASA announced that Mars' Gale Crater was once the site of a vast lake that appears to have filled up, dried out and filled up again repeatedly over a much longer period than wet conditions were believed to have persisted.

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<a href=http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2014/12/05/orion-spacecraft-splashes-down-after-high-orbit-test target=_blank >Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After High Orbit Test</a>

KQED News | December 5, 2014

Orion Spacecraft Splashes Down After High Orbit Test

NASA reports successful test of new craft designed for deep space mission.

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Want to Go to Mars? A Cheaper Alternative Resides in Chile’s Atacama Desert

KQED Science | November 19, 2014 | 1 Comment

Want to Go to Mars? A Cheaper Alternative Resides in Chile’s Atacama Desert

If you want to go to Mars but can’t quite afford the hundreds of billions of dollars for a ticket, there is another solution: consider instead a trip to the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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NASA’s MAVEN Mission Investigates Mars’ Atmosphere

KQED Science | October 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s MAVEN Mission Investigates Mars’ Atmosphere

NASA's latest mission to Mars, MAVEN (Mars Atmospheric and Volatile Evolution), entered Martian orbit less than a month ago on September 21. It's already rewarded us with revealing insights into the disappearance of Mars' atmosphere.

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Join a Series of Geological Treasure Hunts With Earth Science Week 2014

KQED Science | October 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

Join a Series of Geological Treasure Hunts With Earth Science Week 2014

The annual open-ended celebration of geology and its related sciences takes place all this coming week. See what's happening and where to take part.

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NASA’s Curiosity Rover Arrives at the Foot of Mars’ Mount Sharp

KQED Science | September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Arrives at the Foot of Mars’ Mount Sharp

Curiosity has reached the base of Mount Sharp, its primary mission goal. It's a 3-mile-high mound of sediment that preserves a geologic record of Mars going back billions of years.

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NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Will Explore Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

KQED Science | September 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

NASA’s MAVEN Spacecraft Will Explore Mars’ Upper Atmosphere

On September 21, NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution) spacecraft will go boldly where no one has gone before: to the very top of the Martian atmosphere!

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NASA’s Opportunity Rolls a Record Distance on Mars

KQED Science | August 8, 2014 | 1 Comment

NASA’s Opportunity Rolls a Record Distance on Mars

One of NASA's most senior and still-operational spacecraft reached a milestone: the rover Opportunity completed its first 25 miles traveling across the surface of Mars!

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