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Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2

artist concept of Ocean Surface Topography Mission

The joint NASA-French satellite will help scientists better monitor and understand rises in global sea level, study the world's ocean circulation and its links to Earth's climate.

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Phoenix on Mars

first-dig test area on Mars

The lander scoops up soil to search for possible conditions for life in the Martian arctic.

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Sailing Ships in Space? Maybe.

Image of a solar sail

Later this summer NASA will attempt to deploy and operate the first spacecraft in low Earth orbit propelled only by the power of sunlight.

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