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Space News Archive - May 26, 2011

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NASA announced on Wednesday that it would launch a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 and use a robotic arm to obtain samples to bring back to Earth.

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Scientists on Wednesday said they believed they could explain why Mars is smaller than Earth.

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A cataclysmic explosion of a huge star near the edge of the Universe may be the most distant object ever observed.

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Sustainable food production remains a pressing challenge, so scientists have been assessing the potential of the future Sentinel-1 mission to deliver new methods of monitoring crops grown around the world from space.

NASA has broadcast-quality audio and video clips from the ongoing STS-134 space shuttle and other missions available online through the Internet Archive website.

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MESSENGER’s Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) in its first 2 months of operation has already built up a grid of ground tracks that span most of Mercury’s surface north of the equator.

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The breakthrough moment for oceanographer Gary Lagerloef, the principal investigator for NASA's new Aquarius mission, came in 1991.

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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has found a rare class of oddball stars called blue stragglers in the hub of our Milky Way, the first detected within our galaxy's bulge.

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Tiny crystals of a green mineral called olivine are falling down like rain on a burgeoning star, according to observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

The launch of the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory is scheduled for June 9, from NASA's Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.