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Engineers and technicians at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver

Testing is underway on NASA’s next mission on the journey to Mars, a stationary lander scheduled to launch in March 2016.

The lander is called InSight, an abbreviation for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport. It is about the size of a car and will be the first mission devoted to understanding the interior structure of the Red Planet. Examining the planet's deep interior could reveal clues about how all rocky planets, including Earth, formed and evolved.

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Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf is likely to shatter into hundreds of icebergs.

A new NASA study finds the last remaining section of Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf, which partially collapsed in 2002, is quickly weakening and likely to disintegrate completely before the end of the decade.

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Artist’s impression of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft encountering Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is two months from returning to humanity the first-ever close up images and scientific observations of distant Pluto and its system of large and small moons.

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Zombie Stars

Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays that, according to scientists, could be the "howls" of dead stars as they feed on stellar companions.

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U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (right) meets with Scott Kelly before launch.

U.S. Representative Brian Babin, who represents Orange County, among others, in Texas District 36, met with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly of Orange, New Jersey, to wish him luck as he prepared to make history Friday, March 27, by embarking on a year-long mission to the International Space Station.

Babin spoke on the House floor Thursday, March 26, regarding the importance of Kelly’s mission.

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Illustration depicting highlights along Opportunity’s route

There was no tape draped across a finish line, but NASA is celebrating a win. The agency’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon Tuesday, March 24 – 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers) – with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.

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The International Space Station orbits the Earth at 8:45 Aug 5.

The International Space Station was visible to Southeast Texans at 8:45 p.m. Monday night, Aug 5. The $150 billion habitable artificial satellite was visible for only six minutes, appearing from the southwest and disappearing in the northeast.

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