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Mountain View, California - A team of researchers from the SETI Institute, the Mars Institute, NASA Ames Research Center, and the space robotics company Honeybee Robotics, has successfully completed a first series of field tests aimed at investigating how humans will explore and work on Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) and eventually the two moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos.

Presented in collaboration with The 4th International Space Arts Workshop (ISAW4), May 20 - 22, 2013

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - The public is invited to EXPOSITIONS: Space Art on Monday, May 20, 2013, at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. This free event will showcase arts in space exploration projects along with dynamic presentations of artists, space scientists, and engineers who are participating in a three-day workshop, the 4th International Space Arts Workshop (ISAW4).

MOUNTAIN VIEW -- NASA's Astrophysics Explorer Program has selected the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission to fly in 2017. TESS will follow in the footsteps of NASA’s pioneering Kepler Mission, continuing the groundbreaking work of discovering Earth-size exoplanets. NASA selected TESS and another explorer mission after a competition that evaluated proposals for the best scientific value and most feasible development plans.

By Franck Marchis, Senior research scientist

Mountain View, CA -- The dunes in Gale Crater on Mars, near the landing site of the Curiosity rover, are moving. Until a few years ago, it was thought that the surface of Mars was largely inactive, with its landscapes no longer undergoing any significant modification. The identification of widespread active sand dune migration is one of several recent discoveries that has disproved this claim.

Mountain View, Calif. (SETI Institute) - The discoverers of Pluto's two tiniest moons are inviting the public to help select names for the new moons. 

By tradition, the moons of Pluto have names associated with Hades and the underworld. Beginning today, people can vote by visiting: 

http://plutorocks.seti.org

WASHINGTON -- A star thought to have passed the age when it can form planets may in fact be creating new worlds. The disk of material surrounding the surprising star called TW Hydrae may be massive enough to make even more planets than we have in our own solar system.

Herschel is a European Space Agency (ESA) telescope, with science instruments provided by a consortium of European institutes, and with important participation from NASA. 

WASHINGTON -- Researchers using the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have captured new images of a seven light-year-diameter ring of gas and dust surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, and of a neighboring cluster of extremely luminous young stars embedded in dust cocoons.

Mountain View, CA -- Newly released NASA Hubble Space Telescope images of a vast debris disk encircling the nearby star Fomalhaut and a mysterious planet circling it may provide forensic evidence of a titanic planetary disruption in the system. 

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Scientists found treasure when they studied an exceptional meteorite recovered April 22, 2012 at Sutter's Mill, the gold discovery site that led to the 1849 California Gold Rush.

An international team of 70 researchers reported in today's issue of “Science” that this meteorite provided the most pristine look yet at the surface of the type of primitive asteroid that NASA hopes to send astronauts to in the future.

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