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Hampton, VA

Video: NASA crashes small plane in Hampton, Va., to test the performance of onboard emergency locator transmitter systems - bigwi11ystyle on Instagram

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Astronaut Stephen Frick, who flew space shuttle Atlantis in 2002 and 2008, retires from NASA - @NASA_Astronauts

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volcanoes

Photo: NASA has just released this photo of activity at the Klyuchevskoy volcano in eastern Russia, shot by an astronaut aboard the ISS - @wxbrad

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Pluto

More: Flowing ices found on Pluto are similar to Earth's glacial flow - @NASANewHorizons

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Pluto

Bill McKinnon, co-investigator on New Horizons, on new Pluto data: 'We have evidence for geological activity in Sputnik Planum. It's a dream come true!' - @NASANewHorizons

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Pluto

Video: NASA releases video of a flyover Pluto's icy plains - @NASANewHorizons

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Pluto

Photo: The rugged terrain Sputnik Planum, an icy plain on Pluto - @CBCNews

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New Horizons

Photo: Southeast part of Pluto, including a dark spot called the Cthulhu Regio, whose name is inspired by author H.P. Lovecraft's fictional deity, and the Hillary Montes, named after explorer Sir Edmund Hillary - @Odditist

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New Horizons

Upcoming: NASA releases a new colorized photo of Pluto ahead of its press conference today at 2 pm ET when they will discuss their latest science findings from last week's New Horizons spacecraft flyby of the dwarf planet. We will update and carry live video of the event.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Canadian astronaut and former ISS commander Chris Hadfield on Kepler discovery: 'The amazing thing is not just finding this Earth-like planet, but that there are billions more' - @Cmdr_Hadfield

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Kepler-452b may be rocky and has gravity twice as strong as that on Earth; its location in the 'habitable zone' means there could be liquid water pooling on the planet's surface - @NASAKepler

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Photo: All 12 small habitable zone planets, including Kepler-452b, discovered by NASA's Kepler mission - @NASAKepler

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Along with finding Earth-like Kepler-452b, NASA's Kepler mission also announces they have found 11 other new small 'habitable zone' candidate planets - @NASAKepler

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Jon Jenkins, Kepler data analysis lead at NASA's Ames Research Center, says on discovery of Kepler-452b: 'It's awe-inspiring to consider that this planet has spent 6 billion years in the habitable zone of its star; longer than Earth. That's substantial opportunity for life to arise, should all the necessary ingredients and conditions for life exist on this planet.' - @NASAKepler

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

More: The Kepler-452 system is located 1,400 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus - @NASAKepler

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Photo: Kepler-452b (right) is 60% larger in size than Earth and its sun is 10% larger - @NASAKepler

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

More: Kepler-452b 'older, bigger cousin of Earth;' planet has 385-day orbit and is 5% farther from its parent star Kepler-452 - @NASAKepler

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Live audio: NASA announces discovery of Kepler-452b, the 1st Earth-like planet in 'habitable zone' from sun-like star

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Kepler mission discovers 1st small 'habitable zone' planet around a sun-like star - @NASAKepler

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editor items

Upcoming: NASA is holding a press conference at noon ET at which it is expected the agency will announce its Kepler Space Telescope has discovered a planet very similar to Earth in the Milky Way galaxy. We will carry a live feed here.

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