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New NASA Study Reveals Origin of Organic Matter in Apollo Lunar Samples

Using modern analytical capabilities, a team of NASA-funded scientists has solved an enduring mystery from the Apollo missions: the origin of organic matter found in lunar samples returned to Earth.

Researchers Catch Comet Lovejoy Giving Away Alcohol

Researchers found 21 organic molecules in gas from comet Lovejoy (aka C/2014 Q2), including ethyl alcohol and a simple sugar. It’s the first time ethyl alcohol has been detected in a comet.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Begins Environmental Testing

The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is undergoing environmental testing at Lockheed Martin Space Systems facilities, near Denver, Colorado.
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Full View of Asteroid Vesta

As the Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Two Generations of Windblown Sediments on Mars

This colorful scene is situated in the Noctis Labyrinthus region of Mars, perched high on the Tharsis rise in the upper reaches of the Valles Marineris canyon system.
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