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  1. Galileo Would Be Stunned: Jupiter Now Has 79 Moons
    Astronomers have found 12 more moons orbiting the planet Jupiter. These moons are all small — just 5 kilometers or less across — and one of them behaves very strangely.
  2. A 4 Billion Light-Year Journey Ends At The South Pole
    Ghostly particles called neutrinos can travel nearly unimpeded across the universe. For the first time, physicists have been able to pinpoint the origin of a powerful neutrino.
  3. NASA Needs Backup Plan To Maintain U.S. Presence At Space Station, Watchdog Says
    The Government Accountability Office released a report warning NASA that further delays in the space agency's commercial crew program could keep American astronauts from reaching the space station.
  4. In 'Light Of The Stars,' Adam Frank Studies Alien Worlds To Find Earth's Fate
    Astrophysicist Adam Frank has a new book out, Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth. He talks to NPR's Mary Louise Kelly about it.
  5. LOOK: Hot, Young Stars Form 'Celestial Fireworks'
    NASA posted the glittery image of stars that "live fast and die young" on the eve of Independence Day. It shows a cluster of "huge, hot" stars called NGC 3603, about 20,000 light years away.
  6. Scientists Capture First Birth Of A Planet
    Photographs of a young planet orbiting a star provide useful information about how planets form and grow.
  7. Japan's Hayabusa2 Spacecraft Arrives At Its Asteroid Destination
    The mission includes a plan to bring a sample back to Earth. It's the first time humans have been able to study a C-type asteroid at such a close range for an extended period.
  8. How To Find The Summer Constellations (360° Video)
    Have you ever wanted to casually point out Cygnus, Leo and Cassiopeia? Just in time for summer, this panoramic video shows you some tricks to help you navigate the night sky.
  9. Mars Dust Storm Now 'Planet-Encircling,' Dimming Hopes For NASA Rover
    As the dust storm grows and the solar-paneled Opportunity remains asleep, the younger Curiosity rover has been able to power through.
  10. Giant Dust Storm On Mars Threatening To End NASA's Opportunity Rover
    The rover has shut itself down because the solar panels aren't getting enough sunlight to charge the batteries. If the storm persists, the rover mission may be over, ending a 14-year run.
  11. Enormous Dust Storm On Mars Threatens The Opportunity Rover
    With the sun entirely blocked out by dust, the solar-powered rover has presumably fallen asleep to wait out the storm. NASA scientists say they are "very concerned," but that they hope for the best.
  12. NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Chemical Building Blocks For Life On Mars
    Scientists can't say whether there is, or ever was, life on the Red Planet. But two Martian rock samples contained organic molecules — which contain carbon, the chemical element central to life.
  13. Space Station For Sale: NASA Administrator Is In Talks With International Companies
    NASA's Jim Bridenstine says he is interested in private corporations taking over management of the International Space Station consortium.
  14. Alan Bean, Apollo 12 Astronaut Who Walked On The Moon, Dies At 86
    Bean was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 12, which made the second moon landing, in 1969. Later in life, as a painter, he chronicled the people and experience of the Apollo program.
  15. NASA Launching New Satellites To Measure Earth's Lumpy Gravity
    The two satellites, which are collectively called GRACE and will replace two retired probes, are one of the most important tools for understanding the effects of climate change.

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