This artist's concept envisions what hydrocarbon ice forming on a liquid hydrocarbon sea of Saturn's moon Titan might look like. A new model from scientists on NASA's Cassini mission suggests that clumps of methane-and-ethane-rich ice--shown here as the lighter-colored clusters--could float under some conditions. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS, 01-08-2013.

Saturn’s Titan Moon Gets a Dune ‘Makeover’

The craters of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, are being erased as they're filled with dunes of exotic hydrocarbon sand, complicating efforts to estimate the age of the planet's surface.
by David McGee
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Curiosity Rover Delivers Billion-Pixel View of Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover delivers the first gigapixel image from the Red Planet's surface in a panoramic view that captures actual Mars lighting conditions.
by David McGee
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Hubble Sees a Supermassive, Super-hungry Galaxy

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has located spiral galaxy NGC 4845, more than 65 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin). At its glowing center is a supermassive black hole.
by David McGee
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Investigating Stellar Shrapnel

Thousands of years ago, 160 light years away from Earth, a star exploded, scattering stellar shrapnel across the sky. The Hubble Space Telescope recently found evidence of the event.
by David McGee
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NASA’S Hubble Provides First Census of Galaxies Near Cosmic Dawn

DISTANT WORLDS--Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have uncovered a previously unseen population of seven primitive galaxies that formed more than 13 billion years ago.
by David McGee
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‘Cry’ of a Shredded Star Heralds a New Era for Testing Relativity

‘This gives us an opportunity to explore the nature of black holes and test Einstein’s relativity at a time when the universe was very different than it is today,’ Last year, astronomers discovered a quiescent...
by David McGee
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A Spasmodic Active Region on the Sun…

Ol' Sol has been putting on a show lately, with a dazzling variety of dozens of spurts and eruptions and an equally dazzling magnetic display known as coronal rain.
by David McGee
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From Earth’s Caves, A Better Understanding of Mars

Dr. Penny Boston is exploring some of the most extreme environments on earth--the Snowy River Cave, the Cave of Crystal Giants--both in New Mexico, n the land where Billy the Kid once roamed--on the educated guess that those re...
by David McGee
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NASA Mission Reveals Speed of Solar Wind Stripping Martian Atmosphere

NASA's MAVEN has produced data enabling researchers to determine the rate at which the Martian atmosphere is losing gas to space via solar wind.
by David McGee
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NASA’s Chandra Observatory Finds Cosmic Showers Halt Galaxy Growth

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has uncovered surprising news about a process that is stifling star formation in a distant galaxy cluster. It's been going on for 7 billion years.
by David McGee
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First Global Topographic Model of Mercury

NASA’s MESSENGER mission has unveiled the first global Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of Mercury, revealing in stunning detail the topography across the entire innermost planet.
by David McGee
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Hubble Spots Spiral Bridge of Young Stars Linking Two Ancient Galaxies

A Hubble space Telescope photo of an unusual structure 100,000 light years long yields new insights into the formation of stellar superclusters.
by David McGee
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