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Long-lived Mars Opportunity rover sets off-world driving record

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving. The previous record ...

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Cassini spacecraft reveals 101 geysers and more on icy Saturn moon

Scientists using mission data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus. Their analysis suggests it is possible for liquid water ...

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ESA's Venus Express climbs to new orbit following aerobraking experiment

ESA's Venus Express spacecraft has climbed to a new orbit following its daring aerobraking experiment, and will now resume observations of this fascinating planet for at least a few more months.

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Man-made 'breathing' leaf is an oxygen factory for space travel

An artificial leaf converts water and light to oxygen, and that's good news for road-tripping to places beyond Earth.

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Ancient Earth fossils could be found on the moon

Experiments with a large cannon have shown that fossilised algae could have made the journey to the moon intact, providing an exciting window into Earth's past

Mon 28 Jul 14 from Newscientist

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Researchers discover cool-burning flames in space, could lead to better engines on earth (w/ Video)

A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars. The discovery was made during a series of experiments ...

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How Europe's ATV Space Cargo Ship Works (Infographic)

The European Space Agency's ATV cargo vehicle delivers 8.3 tons of solid and liquid cargo to the International Space Station. See how the unmanned spacecraft work in this infographic.

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Balloon Test Flights to Loft Experiments This Year

A near-space balloon company is about to take its fledgling test campaign to the next level.

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Your Guide to Summer's Best Meteor Showers

In May, skywatchers were let down after a new meteor shower, the Camelopardalids, failed to fulfill its stormy expectations and was a bit of a dud. But August could be a redeeming month for ...

6 hours ago from Discover Magazine

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Space sex gecko experiment is safe for now

Phew. Five experimental geckos that were feared lost in space have phoned home, restoring hopes that research into their zero-gravity sex lives can go on.  Read more

18 hours ago from Nature News Blogs

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