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2012-05-09 07:59:44

Larry Nittler, a staff scientist in the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, has been named deputy principal investigator of the MESSENGER mission.

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2011-02-18 12:13:25

What would our solar system look like if visitors from other worlds took a series of pictures?

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2009-04-30 15:00:00

NASA’s live media teleconference held earlier today included a panel of experts working on the US space program’s MESSENGER instrument that discussed new data and findings revealed by the planet Mercury’s makeup.

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2008-12-12 13:21:44

Members of the MESSENGER science team will present a range of new findings from the spacecraft’s studies of the planet Mercury during the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting next week in San Francisco.

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2008-10-29 12:35:00

A NASA spacecraft gliding over the battered surface of Mercury for the second time this year has revealed more previously unseen real estate on the innermost planet.

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2008-10-08 13:55:00

NASA’s Mercury Messenger passed within 200km of the planet on Monday collecting about 1,200 new images.

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2005-09-27 14:28:03

Fifty years ago, scientists Bernard Burke and Kenneth Franklin mistook radio signals from Jupiter for a Maryland farmhand driving home after a late date.

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2005-07-13 06:51:52

Last August, two groups of scientists announced the discovery of the smallest extrasolar planets found to date. But just what are these Neptune-size worlds? Are they gas giants, ice giants, or oversized Earths? Astronomer Alan Boss examines the possibilities.

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2005-07-11 14:37:58

In the past decade, more than 130 extrasolar planets have been discovered. Almost all have been found using a technique that measures tiny changes in a star's radial velocity, the speed of its motion relative to Earth. Astronomer Alan Boss tells the story how the first of these discoveries came about.

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2005-07-07 14:37:11

The existence of extrasolar planets has become common knowledge in the past decade. But in the mid-20th Century, the search for worlds orbiting other stars got off to a rocky start. Alan Boss, an astronomer with the Carnegie Institution of Washington, recounts the early days of extrasolar planet-hunting.


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