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Fountains of ice erupt from the surface of Enceladus. The small moon is mostly in shadow, which makes the geysers illuminated by sunlight stand out.

NASA: Life Signs Could Survive Near Surfaces of Enceladus and Europa

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Europa, a moon of Jupiter, and Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, have evidence of oceans beneath their ice crusts. A…

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An Ancient Partnership: Co-Evolution of Earth Environments and Microbial Life

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NASA-supported scientists have examined the long and intricately linked history of microbial life and the Earth's environment. By reviewing the…

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Here’s How AI Is Changing NASA’s Mars Rover Science

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Artificial intelligence is helping scientists to identify minerals within rocks studied by the Perseverance rover. Some scientists dream of exploring…

Article3 days ago
Under a microscope, two large, circular, rust colored organisms can be seen toward the middle of the frame. Similar cells are out of focus to the right edge. Other flecks of small dust are also seen against the white backdrop.

Study Examines how Viruses affect Algal Blooms in Snow

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NASA-supported scientists have reported how interactions between viruses and bacteria during algal blooms could affect snowmelt in polar and subpolar…

Article3 weeks ago

Surprising Phosphate Finding in NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample

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Scientists have eagerly awaited the opportunity to dig into the 4.3-ounce (121.6-gram) pristine asteroid Bennu sample collected by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx…

Article3 weeks ago

Why Scientists Are Intrigued by Air in NASA’s Mars Sample Tubes

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Tucked away with each rock and soil sample collected by the agency’s Perseverance rover is a potential boon for atmospheric…

Article4 weeks ago