News Articles for 2007

JPL's Rose Parade float

December 27, 2007

Countdown to Launch of Jet Propulsion Lab Rose Parade Float

Volunteers from JPL are helping with the finishing touches on the Lab's Rose Parade float saluting 50 Years of Space Exploration.

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Saturn and happy holidays

December 25, 2007

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays, courtesy of the Cassini-Huygens Project Team studying Saturn.

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artist concept showing Titan flyby

December 22, 2007

Cassini Headed South on Titan

Cassini successfully completed its most recent Titan flyby on Dec. 20, 2007, and data are currently being analyzed.

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blown-out remains of a stellar explosion

December 20, 2007

10,000 Earths' Worth of Fresh Dust Found Near Star Explosion

Astronomers have at last found definitive evidence that the universe's first dust -- the celestial stuff that seeded future generations of stars and planets -- was forged in the explosions of massive stars.

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artist concept of Dawn

December 18, 2007

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Interplanetary Cruise Phase

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has begun the interplanetary cruise phase of its 8-year, 3-billion mile journey to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.

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Mars

December 18, 2007

Mars: Closest Approach 2007

Now playing online -- a new Martian movie showing the planet rotating. The movie was made from four images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2, built and designed by JPL.

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black hole jet at the center of a galaxy strikes the edge of another galaxy

December 17, 2007

Black Hole Fires at Neighboring Galaxy

A powerful jet from a supermassive black hole is blasting another galaxy, according to new results from NASA telescopes, including Spitzer.

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Nobel medal

December 17, 2007

NASA Climate Change 'Peacemakers' Aided Nobel Effort

NASA's Earth scientists watched with pride when the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and a United Nations panel that spent two decades assessing Earth's changing climate.

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artist concept of Epoxi

December 13, 2007

NASA Sends Spacecraft on Mission to Comet Hartley 2

NASA has approved the retargeting of the Epoxi mission for a flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Oct. 11, 2010.

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artist concept of Saturn's ring particles.

December 12, 2007

Saturn's Rings May be Old Timers

New observations by NASA's Cassini spacecraft indicate the rings of Saturn, once thought to have formed during the age of the dinosaurs, instead may have been created roughly 4.5 billion years ago, when the solar system was still under construction.

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CloudSat data showing precipitation

December 12, 2007

NASA Satellites Help Lift Cloud of Uncertainty on Climate Change

New findings from NASA's CloudSat and other Earth observing satellites offer important insights into this year's record reduction of Arctic sea ice, global rainfall patterns and the effects of pollution on clouds.

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artist concept of Saturn ring current

December 12, 2007

Cassini Captures Best View Yet of Saturn's Ring Current

Scientists have gotten their best "look" ever at the invisible ring of energetic ions trapped in Saturn’s giant magnetic field.

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artist concept of radio waves near the poles of Saturn

December 12, 2007

Planetary Scientists Close in on Saturn's Elusive Rotation

Deep below Saturn's cloud tops, the planet rotates at a constant speed. Determining this interior period of rotation has proven complicated, but thanks to new Cassini results, European scientists have taken an important step forward.

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model of Earth gravity

December 11, 2007

Amazing Grace Team Receives Prestigious Award

A mission that has changed the way we study Earth's gravitational forces has been recognized with a prestigious award for helping scientists better understand our home planet.

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Dark fans and bright fans on Mars.

December 11, 2007

Mars Orbiter Examines 'Lace' and 'Lizard Skin' Terrain

SAN FRANCISCO - Scrutiny by NASA's newest Mars orbiter is helping scientists learn the stories of some of the weirdest landscapes on Mars, as well as more familiar-looking parts of the Red Planet.

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artist concept of GRAIL mission

December 11, 2007

New NASA Mission to Reveal Moon's Internal Structure and Evolution

The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, mission, will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon for several months to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail.

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patch of bright-toned soil found by Spirit

December 10, 2007

Mars Rover Investigates Signs of Steamy Martian Past

SAN FRANCISCO - Researchers using NASA's twin Mars rovers are sorting out two possible origins for one of Spirit's most important discoveries, while also getting Spirit to a favorable spot for surviving the next Martian winter.

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Artist's concept of our solar system - Interstellar medium -sun

December 10, 2007

Voyager 2 Proves Solar System is Squashed

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has followed its twin, Voyager 1, into the solar system's final frontier, a vast region at the edge of our solar system where the solar wind runs up against the thin gas between the stars.

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Saturn's moons Atlas and Pan

December 6, 2007

Images of Saturn's Small Moons Tell the Story of Their Origins

Imaging scientists on NASA's Cassini mission are telling a tale of how the small moons orbiting near the outer rings of Saturn came to be

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Raw image of Titan

December 6, 2007

Cassini Flies by Titan's South Pole

The Cassini spacecraft performed a southern hemisphere pass of Titan's surface on Dec. 5.

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diagram or MIRI instrument

December 6, 2007

James Webb Space Telescope Instrument Gets Vision Test

A model of the James Webb Space Telescope's Mid-InfraRed Instrument, currently being co-developed by JPL, will be tested in England to ensure the final instrument can see infrared light.

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Keck Interferometer

December 5, 2007

NASA Mega-Telescope Gears Up to Study Cosmos

NASA has selected three teams of scientists to begin studying disks of dust around nearby stars starting in February 2008, using the Keck Interferometer in Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

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From left to right: Alexander Sharpe, Joshua Leviton and Alistair McGregor are the winners of the 2007 Cassini Scientist-for-a-Day contest.

December 5, 2007

Cassini Team Recruits Next Generation of Scientists

NASA's Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn has some young new participants. A 10th-grade student in Delaware, a high school senior in California, and an 8th-grade American student in France are the winners of this year's Cassini Scientist-for-a-Day contest.

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artist concept of Ulysses spacecraft

November 30, 2007

Ulysses Begins North Polar Pass

Ulysses, a joint NASA/European Space Agency mission, has begun its third pass over the sun's north polar region.

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Invention challenge at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

November 30, 2007

Students Hit High Note in JPL Invention Challenge

JPL held its 10th annual Invention Challenge, an engineering and science contest for students and JPL employees, on Friday, Nov. 30.

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PlanetQuest website

November 29, 2007

Keep Track of New Worlds: PlanetQuest 2.0

More than 260 planets have already been discovered orbiting other stars, and new ones are found almost every month

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infrared view of a developing star and its flaring jets

November 29, 2007

Embryonic Star Captured With Jets Flaring

A developing star wrapped in a black cocoon of dust is seen sprouting giant jets in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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artist concept of lightning on Venus

November 28, 2007

NASA Scientist Confirms Light Show on Venus

Venus is a hellish place of high temperatures and crushing air pressure.

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artist's rendition of a one-million-year-old star system

November 28, 2007

Youthful Star Sprouts Planets Early

A stellar prodigy has been spotted about 450 light-years away in a system called UX Tau A by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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artist concept of airplane using synthetic aperture radar to detect changes in Earth's surface

November 27, 2007

NASA Evaluates Compact Synthetic Aperture Radar

NASA is evaluating a compact L-Band synthetic aperture radar for potential use on unmanned aircraft.

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Earth and moon

November 20, 2007

Astronomers Say Moons Like Ours Are Uncommon

The next time you take a moonlit stroll, or admire a full, bright-white moon looming in the night sky, you might count yourself lucky.

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Raw image of Titan

November 20, 2007

Spotlight on Titan During Recent Cassini Flyby

Saturn's moon Titan was backlit by the sun during Cassini's flyby on Nov. 19. Scientists will use data from the flyby to study the density of Titan's atmosphere.

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Hubble Space Telescope Image of Comet Holmes Taken on November 4.

November 15, 2007

Hubble Zooms in on Heart of Mystery Comet

Comet 17P/Holmes, now visible in the night skies, has been captured by the JPL-built and designed Wide Field and Planetary 2 Camera, onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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Pleiades star cluster

November 15, 2007

Planets Forming in Pleiades Star Cluster

Rocky planets might have formed or might still be forming around a star in the Pleiades star cluster, according to evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a ground-based telescope.

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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows the galaxy NGC 300.

November 14, 2007

Watching Galaxies Grow Old Gracefully

In the early 1900s, Edwin Hubble made the startling discovery that our Milky Way galaxy is not alone.

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asteroid Apophis, image credit David Tholen, Roy Tucker and Fabrizio Bernardi

November 14, 2007

Tracking Asteroid Apophis

Scientists from NASA/JPL, Caltech, and Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have released results of radar observations of asteroid Apophis, and an in-depth analysis of its motion. The research can affect how and when scientists measure, predict or consider modifying the asteroid's motion.

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Scientists used measurements from Arctic Bottom Pressure Recorders

November 13, 2007

NASA Sees Arctic Ocean Circulation Do an About-Face

PASADENA, Calif. -- A team of NASA and university scientists has detected an ongoing reversal in Arctic Ocean circulation triggered by atmospheric circulation changes that vary on decade-long time scales.

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artist’s rendition of Rosetta's closest approach to Earth

November 13, 2007

Rosetta Swings Past Earth

The Rosetta spacecraft zoomed past Earth at 12:57 p.m. Pacific Time today, picking up speed for its planned 2014 rendezvous with a comet. JPL manages NASA's contribution to the European Space Agency's 3.3-ton comet chaser.

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false-color image of fires in San Diego

November 9, 2007

NASA Satellite Captures Witch Fire's Aftermath

The extent of San Diego's Witch fire, the most destructive of the recent wildfires in Southern California, is depicted in this new image from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer. (Nov. 8)

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Bubbly Little Star

November 8, 2007

Bubbly Little Star

In this processed Spitzer Space Telescope image, baby star HH 46/47 can be seen blowing two massive "bubbles." The star is 1,140 light-years away from Earth.

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Bubbly Little Star

November 8, 2007

Spitzer Spies a Stellar Bubble Blower

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a baby star 1,140 light-years away from Earth blowing two massive "bubbles." But instead of bubble gum, this youngster, called HH 46/47, is using powerful jets of gas to make bubbles in outer space.

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La Niña Persists

November 7, 2007

La Nina Persists

The tropical Pacific Ocean remains in the grips of a cool La Nina, as shown by new data of sea-level heights from mid-October of 2007, collected by the U.S-French Jason altimetric satellite

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artist concept of exoplanet

November 6, 2007

Scientists Discover Record Fifth Planet Orbiting Nearby Star

Astronomers have announced the discovery of a fifth planet circling 55 Cancri, a star beyond our solar system.

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This image shows features of mysterious Martian deposits named the Medusae Fossae Formation.

November 1, 2007

Mars Express Probes Red Planet's Unusual Deposits

The radar system on the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter has uncovered new details about some of the most mysterious deposits on Mars: the Medusae Fossae Formation.

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two views of Hurricane Ileana

November 1, 2007

NASA Data May Help Improve Estimates of a Hurricane's Punch

As Tropical Storm Noel churns off Florida's east coast, NASA and university scientists have announced they have developed a promising new technique for estimating the intensity of tropical cyclones from space.

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mobile robot nicknamed scarecrow

October 31, 2007

NASA Selects Partnerships to Advance Key Technologies

JPL will help advance key technologies to meet critical needs for NASA's mission, through several newly-announced partnerships selected by NASA.

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artist concept of Phoenix in space.

October 30, 2007

Phoenix:Tasks En Route to Mars Include Course Tweak, Gear Checks

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, launched on Aug. 4 and headed to Mars, fired its four trajectory correction thrusters Wednesday for only the second time.

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Interacting Galaxy Pair Arp 87

October 30, 2007

Dancing with the Stars Takes on a Whole New Twist

Two galaxies perform an intricate dance in this new picture taken by the JPL-built and designed Wide Field and Planetary 2 Camera, onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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Athlete

October 30, 2007

JPL's Role in the Constellation

JPL's contribution to NASA's Constellation Program includes leading specific robotic surface mobility development. One example is the Athlete mobility system.

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night sky chart showing comet Holmes

October 30, 2007

Catch a Comet - No Telescope Required

This week there is a newly visible comet in the sky and it can be seen with the unaided eye!

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artist concept of spoof movie poster for It Came From Vesta

October 29, 2007

IT Came From Vesta

Their infiltration began - like so many other infiltrations - with a tell-tale contrail of smoke and flame creating a supersonic slash across the afternoon sky. But this time they would not go unnoticed.

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October 29, 2007

Opportunity Turns Two - in Mars Years

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity marks its second Martian anniversary with a new image from Victoria Crater. On Earth, the rover is almost four years old, because one Martian year equals 687 Earth days.

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A growing black hole, called a quasar, can be seen at the center of a faraway galaxy in this artist's concept.

October 25, 2007

Missing Black Hole Report: Hundreds Found!

Astronomers have unmasked hundreds of black holes hiding deep inside dusty galaxies billions of light-years away.

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eight new propeller-like features within Saturn's A ring

October 24, 2007

First Known Belt of Moonlets in Saturn's Rings

A narrow belt harboring moonlets discovered in Saturn's outmost ring is likely the result of a larger moon shattered by a wayward asteroid or comet eons ago, according to a new study led by Cassini scientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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smoke from multiple wildfires burning in Southern California

October 23, 2007

NASA Views Southern California Fires and Winds

With a click of the mouse button, the public can see NASA views from space, including some at Google Earth, of Southern California's raging wildfires and the ferocious Santa Ana winds that are driving them.

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Cassini's Bob Mitchell with students

October 23, 2007

You, Too, Can Be a Scientist for a Day

The Ph.D. can wait for a few years! Students can have the fun of being a NASA scientist exploring the universe even before they've finished secondary school by participating in the Cassini Scientist-for-a-Day contest.

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two galaxies

October 22, 2007

To Catch a Galactic Thief

On Earth, thieves steal everything from diamonds to art to bags full of money. In space, gas - fuel for making stars - is a commodity worth the price of theft.

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Artist Rendition: Ulysses silhouetted against the sun.

October 19, 2007

Ulysses Catches Record for Catching Comets by Their Tails

When it was launched 17 years ago, scientists and mission engineers for the Ulysses project knew they should expect, well, the unexpected.

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Spectrometer images of candidate landing sites

October 19, 2007

Spectrometer on NASA Orbiter Maps Minerals at Possible Landing Sites

The mineral-mapping instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been examining candidate landing sites for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, a rover to be launched in 2009.

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Mars Exploration Rover - Spirit

October 15, 2007

NASA Extends Operations for its Long-Lived Mars Rovers

NASA is extending, for a fifth time, the activities of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory

October 11, 2007

JPL Presents Small Business Workshops in San Diego

Small businesses are invited to a workshop hosted by JPL on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego's Mission Valley.

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launch of Cassini

October 11, 2007

Cassini Mission to Saturn Celebrates 10 Years Since Launch

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its launch from Cape Canaveral, the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn is once again at the center of scientific attention.

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lakes at Titan's north pole

October 11, 2007

Cassini Provides New Views of Titan's Land of Lakes and Seas

Newly assembled radar images from the Cassini spacecraft provide the best view of the hydrocarbon lakes and seas on the north pole of Saturn's moon Titan, while a new radar image reveals that Titan's south polar region also has lakes.

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layers inside Holden Crater, Mars

October 10, 2007

NASA Orbiter Provides Color Views of Mars Landing Site Candidates

Less than a year since beginning the prime science phase of its mission, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has passed a mission-success milestone for the amount of data returned.

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Enceladus jets

October 10, 2007

Cassini Pinpoints Hot Sources of Jets on Enceladus

A recent analysis of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft provides conclusive evidence that the jets of fine, icy particles spraying from Saturn's moon Enceladus originate from the hottest spots on the moon's 'tiger stripe' fractures.

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Artist's concept of Dawn spacecraft.

October 9, 2007

Dawn Mission Status: Spacecraft Tests Ion Engine

NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully completed the first test of its ion propulsion system over the weekend. The system is vital to the success of Dawn's 8-year, 4.9 billion-kilometer journey to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.

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Artist concept of dusty grains

October 9, 2007

Astronomers Find Dust in the Wind of Black Holes

The hit song that proclaimed, "All we are is dust in the wind," may have some cosmic truth to it.

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lightning at Jupiter

October 9, 2007

Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Sees Changes in Jupiter System

The New Horizons team presents its latest and most detailed analyses of Jupiter data today at the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Orlando, Fla., and in the Oct. 12 issue of the journal Science.

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false-color view of Saturn's moon Iapetus

October 8, 2007

Cassini is on the Trail of a Runaway Mystery

NASA scientists are on the trail of Iapetus' mysterious dark side, which seems to be home to a bizarre "runaway" process that is transporting vaporized water ice from the dark areas to the white areas of the Saturnian moon.

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artist concept of Titan flyby

October 4, 2007

Cassini Headed South on Recent Titan Flyby

During the Oct. 2, 2007, Titan flyby, Cassini's radar instrument imaged the surface.

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tiny galaxy, nearly halfway across the universe

October 4, 2007

Astronomers Map Itsy Bitsy Galaxy Halfway Across Universe

An international team of scientists has used a trick of nature to measure a tiny galaxy halfway across the universe.

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infrared image of a mini-quasar in the act of being created some

October 3, 2007

Google Sky Sees Many Wavelengths

New "far out" views of the distant universe from Spitzer, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer and other telescopes were released to Google Sky. Peter Eisenhardt and Leonidas Moustakas of JPL helped capture some of the images.

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artist's conception shows a binary-star, or two-star, system, called HD 113766

October 3, 2007

Star System 'Just Right' for Building an Earth

An Earth-like planet is likely forming 424 light-years away in a star system called HD 113766, say astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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montage showing news coverage of Sputnik and launches of Sputnik and Explorer 1

October 2, 2007

First Contact: Sputnik

To say the least, it was incredible. The news relayed by the voice on the other end of the phone line hit the president of the San Gabriel Valley Radio Club like a blow to the head.

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Sunset over the Arctic

October 1, 2007

NASA Examines Arctic Sea Ice Changes Leading to Record Low in 2007

A new NASA-led study found a 23-percent loss in the extent of the Arctic's thick, year-round sea ice cover during the past two winters.

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Victoria Crater, Mars

October 1, 2007

Postcard From Mars

NASA's Opportunity rover captured this view of Victoria Crater shortly after reaching the crater in September 2006. Last week, Opportunity reached its science team's first destination inside the crater.

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Dawn spacecraft launch

September 27, 2007

NASA'S Dawn Spacecraft Enroute to Shed Light on Asteroid Belt

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on its way to study a pair of asteroids after lifting off Thursday from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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Dawn spacecraft launch

September 27, 2007

Dawn Spacecraft Successfully Launched

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Dawn spacecraft began its 3 billion kilometer (1.7 billion mile) journey through the inner solar system to study a pair of asteroids Thursday at 7:34 a.m. Eastern Time (4:34 a.m. Pacific Time).

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layer of light-toned rock exposed inside Victoria Crater

September 26, 2007

Opportunity Reaches First Target Inside Crater

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached its science team's first destination for the rover inside Victoria Crater, information received from Mars late Tuesday confirms.

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technicians secure both halves of the fairing around the Dawn spacecraft to the upper

September 25, 2007

NASA Spacecraft Is a 'Go' for Asteroid Belt

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Launch and flight teams are in final preparations for the planned Sept. 27 liftoff from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., of NASA's Dawn mission.

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Judith Pipher

September 25, 2007

Women's Hall of Fame Pick Spitzer Astronomer

National Women's Hall of Fame has selected a Spitzer Space Telescope astronomer to join its ranks. Judith Pipher of the University of Rochester, N.Y., helped develop Spitzer's infrared array camera, which continues to unveil the cosmos.

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technician helps guide the second half of the fairing for installation around the Dawn spacecraft

September 24, 2007

Dawn Launch Pushed Back

The launch of the Dawn spacecraft, whose mission will take it to the asteroid belt, has been delayed 24 hours to Sept. 27. Weather prevented technicians from completing the loading of fuel on the Delta rocket's second stage.

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view of gully on Mars

September 24, 2007

Mars Instrument Checks Recent Gully Deposit

A spectrometer instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter checked to see whether a fresh deposit of bright material in a gully on Mars contained mineral evidence of liquid water carrying the material. The examination found no sign that liquid water played a role.

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jet near a black hole

September 21, 2007

NASA Restarts Telescope Mission to Detect Black Holes

NASA has made a decision to restart an astronomy mission that will have greater capability than any existing instrument for detecting black holes in the local universe.

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One of several images on the north slope of a Martian volcano

September 21, 2007

NASA Orbiter Finds Possible Cave Skylights on Mars

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has discovered entrances to seven possible caves on the slopes of a Martian volcano

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False-color image of gully channels in a crater in the southern highlands of Mars

September 20, 2007

NASA Orbiter Provides Insights About Mars Water and Climate

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is examining several features on Mars that address the role of water at different times in Martian history.

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These thermal images show a

September 18, 2007

A Warm South Pole? Yes, on Neptune!

An international team of astronomers has discovered that Neptune's south pole is much hotter than the rest of the planet.

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Artist's concept of Odyssey spacecraft

September 18, 2007

Odyssey Returning to Service After Taking Precaution

The team operating NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter is returning the healthy spacecraft to usual activities this week after a precautionary status of reduced activity that the orbiter entered on Sept. 14.

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Latitudinal distribution of averaged phosgene volume

September 18, 2007

Scientists Conduct First Global Study of a Poisonous Gas in Earth's Atmosphere

A JPL scientist has participated in the first-ever study of the global distribution of phosgene, a poisonous gas present in small quantities in Earth's atmosphere. The information will be useful for assessing progress in controlling chemicals that destroy Earth's protective ozone layer.

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Opportunity in Victoria crater

September 13, 2007

Rover Status Report: Opportunity Begins Sustained Exploration Inside Crater

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity finished the last step of a test in-and-out maneuver checking wheel slippage at the rim of Victoria Crater today.

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A Star-Formation Neighbor

September 13, 2007

A Star-Formation Neighbor

While perhaps not quite as well known as its star-formation cousin Orion, the Corona Australis region (containing, at its heart, the Coronet cluster) is one of the nearest and most active regions of ongoing star formation.

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solar system ambassador event

September 13, 2007

Wanted: Ambassadors to the Stars

NASA's Solar System Ambassadors program is looking for volunteer space enthusiasts.

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ion engine

September 13, 2007

The Prius of Space

What if you need to motor somewhere three billion-plus miles off the beaten path - somewhere where neither regular nor premium unleaded have so far feared to tread?

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diagram of ozone

September 13, 2007

NASA Watches Ozone Layer Amid Montreal Protocol's Success

NASA scientists will join researchers from around the world to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to reduce the hole in Earth's protective ozone layer, Sept. 23 to 26 in Athens, Greece.

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Saturn's moon Iapetus

September 12, 2007

Saturn's Moon Iapetus Is the Yin-and-Yang of the Solar System

Scientists on the Cassini mission to Saturn are poring through hundreds of images returned from the Sept. 10 flyby of Saturn's two-toned moon Iapetus.

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two gaseous clouds, or planetary nebulae

September 12, 2007

Stars Go Out in Style

New snapshots from space illustrate the colorful evolution of dying sun-like stars. The images were captured by the JPL-built and designed Wide Field and Planetary 2 Camera, onboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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Opportunity takes first dip into Victoria Crater

September 11, 2007

Rover Status Report: Opportunity Takes a Dip Into Victoria Crater

Today, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity entered Victoria Crater for the first time.

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Saturn's moon Iapetus

September 11, 2007

Cassini Gets Close-Up Views of Saturn's Moon Iapetus

Cassini completed its closest flyby of the odd moon Iapetus on Sept. 10, 2007.

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Dawn spacecraft on launch pad

September 11, 2007

Dawn One Step Away From Asteroid Belt Trip

The Dawn spacecraft completed the 25-kilometer (15-mile) journey from Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., to Pad-17B of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 5:10 a.m. EDT today.

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Forty Meters from Entry to Victoria Crater (Right Eye)

September 7, 2007

Mars Rovers Survive Dust Storms, Ready for Next Objectives

Two months after sky-darkening dust from severe storms nearly killed NASA's Mars exploration rovers, the solar powered robots are awake and ready to continue their mission.

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Phoenix robotic arm took this photo on Sept. 6, 2007

September 7, 2007

Mars-Bound Phoenix Returns First Photo from Trip

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft, launched Aug. 4, is testing its hardware and software as it flies to Mars. A camera mounted on the craft's robotic arm took this test photo showing the scoop at the end of the arm, verifying that the camera works.

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Hubble Ultra Deep Field, with several objects identified as faintest, most compact

September 6, 2007

NASA Space Telescopes Find 'Lego-Block' Galaxies in Early Universe

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes have joined forces to discover nine of the smallest, faintest, most compact galaxies ever observed in the distant universe.

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Exposing Iapetus' Dark Side

September 5, 2007

Cassini Prepares to Fly by Walnut-Shaped Moon

Cassini will make its only close flyby of Saturn's odd, two-toned, walnut-shaped moon Iapetus on Sept. 10, 2007, at about 1,640 kilometers (1,000 miles) from the surface.

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artist concept of Voyager

September 5, 2007

Voyager at 30: Looking Beyond and Within

The twin spacecraft have become a fixture of pop culture, inspiring novels and playing a central role in television shows, music videos, songs and movies from the 1980s and 1990s.

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Hurricane Henriette

September 5, 2007

Henriette Set for Second Mexican Landfall

Hurricane Henriette sloshes into the Gulf of California's warm waters in this Sept. 5 image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on NASA's Aqua satellite. The Category One storm is forecast to make landfall along the coast of mainland Mexico later today, and could bring some rain to the U.S. Southwest.

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Artist concept of Phoenix in space. Image credit: NASA/JPL.

September 4, 2007

Phoenix Mars Lander Status Report: Radar and Other Gear Pass Checkouts

Two crucial tools for a successful landing of America's latest mission to Mars, the radar and UHF radio on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, have passed in-flight checkouts.

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September 4, 2007

Cassini Completes Titan Flyby, Prepares for Iapetus

Cassini successfully flew by Titan on Aug. 31, 2007, imaging the Huygens probe landing site. This flyby placed Cassini on a course to conduct the closest flyby of the odd moon Iapetus that it will perform during the entire mission.

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September 4, 2007

Felix the Cat. (5) Claws at Central America

Hurricane Felix scratches at Nicaragua's coast in this Sept. 4 image from NASA's QuikScat satellite. The image was acquired just 45 minutes before Felix hissed ashore as a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 258 kilometers (160 miles) per hour. White arrows showing wind direction are superimposed on color images of wind speed.

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artist concept of fledgling solar system

August 29, 2007

Water Vapor Seen 'Raining Down' On Young Star System

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected enough water vapor to fill the oceans on Earth five times inside the collapsing nest of a forming star system.

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August 29, 2007

Dark Pit on Mars' Arsia Mons, with Sunlit Wall

The High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has confirmed that a dark pit seen on Mars in an earlier HiRISE image really is a vertical shaft that cuts through lava flow on the flank of the Arsia Mons volcano.

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artist concept showing Huygens probe descent

August 28, 2007

Fasten Your Seat Belts, Turbulence Ahead - Lessons From Titan

Ever spilled your drink on an airline due to turbulence? Researchers are finding new ways to understand the phenomenon - both in Earth's atmosphere and in that of Saturn's moon, Titan, aided by Huygens probe data.

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A prototype Venus balloon in a JPL cleanroom

August 27, 2007

Up, Up and Away -- To Venus

Scientists hope to learn more about climate changes here on Earth by studying Venus.

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Opportunity view of first drive in six weeks

August 24, 2007

Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Rovers Resume Driving

After six weeks of hunkering down during raging dust storms that limited solar power, both of NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, have resumed driving.

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exposed layers in Central Valles Marineris

August 24, 2007

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Status Report: Camera Concern Resolved; More Than 3,000 Images Returned

Diagnostic tests and months of stable, successful operation have resolved concerns raised early this year about long-term prospects for the powerful telescopic camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Helix nebula

August 24, 2007

Spitzer Celebrates Fourth Anniversary with Celestial Fireworks

A newly expanded image of the Helix nebula lends a festive touch to the fourth anniversary of the launch of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Hubble Camera Snags Rare View of Uranus Rings

August 23, 2007

Hubble Camera Snags Rare View of Uranus Rings

A rare image of the ring system of the planet Uranus has been captured by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, using the onboard JPL-built and designed Wide Field Planetary Camera 2.

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Tropical storm Dean

August 22, 2007

Dean Moves Over Central Mexico

Tropical storm Dean moves into southern and central Mexico in this August 22 image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on NASA's Aqua satellite. While the storm is beginning to disintegrate, Dean is still expected to produce heavy rainfall.

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Hurricane Dean

August 21, 2007

A Weakened Dean Heads Into the Gulf of Mexico

After barrelling through Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, a weakened Hurricane Dean emerges into the Gulf of Mexico in this latest image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on NASA's Aqua satellite. Dean is expected to regain some strength before making landfall again in central Mexico.

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artist concept of Voyager near interstellar space

August 20, 2007

Pioneering NASA Spacecraft Mark Thirty Years of Flight

NASA's two venerable Voyager spacecraft are celebrating three decades of flight as they head toward interstellar space. Their ongoing odysseys mark an unprecedented and historic accomplishment.

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artist concept of Voyager spacecraft

August 20, 2007

Voyager's Many Discoveries

From hurricane-like storms at Jupiter to the final frontier of the solar system, the twin Voyager spacecraft have returned a wealth of data during their 30-year journey.

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Hurricane Dean

August 20, 2007

A Mean Dean Takes Aim on Mexico's Yucatan

Hurricane Dean, expected to become a Category Five storm with maximum sustained winds of at least 135 knots (155 miles per hour), steams toward a projected landfall in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. In this Aug. 20 NASA QuikScat image, white arrows showing wind direction are superimposed on color images of wind speed.

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Mira and its tail

August 15, 2007

Speeding-Bullet Star Leaves Enormous Streak Across Sky

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer has spotted an amazingly long comet-like tail behind a star streaking through space at supersonic speeds.

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infrared view of Tropical Storm Erin

August 15, 2007

Erin Rarin' To Soak Texas

Tropical Storm Erin lurks off the Texas coast in this August 15 image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on NASA's Aqua satellite. Erin is forecast to drench the Texas coast with three to five inches of rain.

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artist concept of Phoenix in space

August 10, 2007

NASA's Mars-Bound Phoenix Adjusts Course Successfully

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander today accomplished the first and largest of six course corrections planned during the spacecraft's flight from Earth to Mars.

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Zaca fire

August 8, 2007

California Fire Seen by JPL Instrument

The Zaca fire continued to burn in the Los Padres National Forest near Santa Barbara, Calif., as seen in this image taken on Aug. 7. The view was captured by a JPL instrument on NASA's Terra satellite.

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Spirit uses its robotic arm

August 7, 2007

Martian Skies Brighten Slightly

Slight clearing of still-dusty Martian skies has improved the energy situation for both Spirit and Opportunity, allowing controllers to increase the rovers' science observations.

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large galaxies that have begun to merge

August 6, 2007

NASA'S Spitzer Spies Monster Galaxy Pileup

Four galaxies are slamming into each other and kicking up billions of stars in one of the largest cosmic smash-ups ever observed.

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Lake Victoria, image credit Curt Stager

August 6, 2007

New Study Links Sunspot Activity, Heavy Rains in East Africa

A new study co-authored by a JPL researcher shows that sunspot cycles can be used to predict heavy rains, flooding and subsequent outbreaks of disease in East Africa.

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launch of Phoenix

August 4, 2007

NASA Spacecraft Heads for Polar Region of Mars

NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission blasted off Saturday, aiming for a May 25, 2008, arrival at the Red Planet and a close-up examination of the surface of the northern polar region.

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still image showing a bright arc of material flashing around the edge of Saturn's G ring

August 2, 2007

Cassini Finds Possible Origin of One of Saturn's Rings

Cassini scientists may have identified the source of one of Saturn's more mysterious rings.

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planned landing region for Phoenix

August 2, 2007

Next Departure for Mars Stands Ready to Fly

A NASA robotic explorer equipped to dig up and analyze icy soil on Mars sits atop a 13-story tall stack of rocket engines prepared for liftoff before sunup on Saturday.

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view of Mars rovers from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

July 31, 2007

Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Concern Increasing About Opportunity

Rover engineers are growing increasingly concerned about the temperature of vital electronics on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity while the rover stays nearly inactive due to a series of dust storms that has lasted for more than a month.

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first half of the fairing is installed around the Phoenix spacecraft

July 31, 2007

NASA Postpones Phoenix Launch

Friday's launch of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has been postponed 24 hours.

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view of Mars rovers from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

July 26, 2007

Mars Exploration Rover Status Report: Spirit Sees Dustier Sky

As of Thursday, July 26, NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity are both enduring levels of reduced power supply. The rovers can survive at these levels, but NASA continues to sharply restrict their activities.

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map of carbon monoxide

July 25, 2007

New NASA AIRS Data to Aid Weather, Climate Research

Newly available data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder on NASA's Aqua spacecraft are providing better tools for climate scientists.

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ASTER view of city

July 25, 2007

New Tool Uses NASA Data To Show Changes in Earth's Landscape

A new tool from the U.S. Geological Survey uses NASA satellite data to depict changes to Earth's surface over the past 30 years.

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artist's concept of 4-star system

July 24, 2007

Spitzer Finds Evidence for Planets with Four Parents

How many stars does it take to "raise" a planet? New research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows that planets might be forming in systems with as many as four stars.

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artist's concept of Titan flyby

July 24, 2007

Probing Titan's Surface West of Huygens Site

NASA's Cassini spacecraft completed a successful flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on July 19.

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Opportunity's view of sky over several days

July 20, 2007

NASA Mars Rovers Braving Severe Dust Storms

Having explored Mars for three-and-a-half years in what were missions originally designed for three months, NASA's Mars rovers are facing perhaps their biggest challenge.

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60th moon at Saturn

July 19, 2007

Saturn Turns 60

Scientists have recently discovered that the planet Saturn is turning 60 - not years, but moons.

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crater on Mars

July 18, 2007

Mars Orbiter Sends Crater Postcard

An impact crater takes center stage in this view from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Light-toned, finely layered material makes up the crater wall.

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Iapetus

July 17, 2007

Saturn's Old Moon Iapetus Retains Its Youthful Figure

Saturn's distinctive moon Iapetus (eye-APP-eh-tuss) is cryogenically frozen in the equivalent of its teenage years.

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The three men responsible for the success of Explorer 1, America's first Earth satellite

July 13, 2007

JPL Part of Space Exploration 50th Anniversary Event

Before October 1957, space flight was a thing of fantasy. Today we are experienced space explorers with unlimited voyages to undertake.

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artist's concept shows a gas-giant exoplanet transiting across the face of its star

July 11, 2007

NASA's Spitzer Finds Water Vapor on Hot, Alien Planet

A scorching-hot gas planet beyond our solar system is steaming up with water vapor, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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artist concept of Phoenix lander on Mars

July 9, 2007

NASA Readies Mars Lander for August Launch to Icy Site

NASA's next Mars mission will look beneath a frigid arctic landscape for conditions favorable to past or present life.

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Artist concept of Dawn

July 7, 2007

NASA Mission to Asteroid Belt Rescheduled for September Launch

The launch of NASA's Dawn spacecraft, a mission that will explore the two largest objects in the asteroid belt in an effort to answer questions about the formation of our solar system, has been rescheduled to September.

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Dawn on launch pad

July 6, 2007

Dawn Launch Postponed

The Dawn spacecraft launch has been postponed until no earlier than Sunday, July 15.

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 new color map shows the composition of a portion of Hyperion's surface

July 4, 2007

NASA Finds Hydrocarbons on Saturn's Moon Hyperion

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed for the first time surface details of Saturn's moon Hyperion.

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artist concept of comet missons

July 3, 2007

Two Comet Missions Get Second Life

Stardust and Deep Impact have new assignments: re-visit the site of a previous smashing comet encounter, fly by another comet, and study extrasolar planets.

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Artistist concept of Titan 33 Flyby

July 3, 2007

Cassini Completes Tethys and Titan Flybys

This week, Cassini successfully completed flybys of Saturn's moons Tethys (June 27) and Titan (June 29).

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Opportunity's path on Mars

July 3, 2007

Dust Delays Mars Crater Entry

A giant dust storm brewing for more than a week on Mars has become worse and is affecting surface operations of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

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Lexington and Concord, Mass

July 2, 2007

Satellite Spots Location of Revere's Historic Ride

Lexington and Concord, Mass., two cities that played key roles in America's Revolutionary War, are imaged in this image by a JPL instrument on NASA's Terra satellite.

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Opportunity path at Victoria crater

June 28, 2007

NASA Mars Rover Ready For Descent Into Crater

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is scheduled to begin a descent down a rock-paved slope into the Red Planet's massive Victoria Crater.

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June 28, 2007

JPL Instrument Images Lake Tahoe Fire

The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer captured the Lake Tahoe, Calif., fire from space June 27. Burned areas are in gray.

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NASA plane

June 27, 2007

NASA To Study Underexplored Earth Atmospheric Region

JPL will participate in a NASA summer study of a largely unexplored region of Earth's atmosphere that has implications for climate change and atmospheric ozone.

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Moon

June 21, 2007

NASA Prepares for Performing New Science on the Moon

NASA has selected proposals, including two from JPL, for future lunar science activities.

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rover in new Mars Yard

June 21, 2007

Test Drive in Enlarged Mars Yard

A mobility-testing prototype for the rover that NASA will launch to Mars in 2009 climbs over a rock during a June 19, 2007, event to mark the opening of a newly expanded Mars Yard at JPL.

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artist concept of Titan flyby

June 21, 2007

Cassini Sees the Sun Set and Rise on Titan

Cassini completed a successful flyby of Titan on June 13, 2007. Scientists took advantage of a rare geometry to take detailed measurements of the atmosphere by imaging the sun as it passes behind Titan and its thick, banded atmosphere.

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globular star cluster NGC 362

June 20, 2007

Galaxy Evolution Explorer Spies Band of Stars

The Galaxy Evolution Explorer's ultraviolet eyes have captured a globular star cluster, called NGC 362, in our own Milky Way galaxy.

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Ceres on left, Vesta on right

June 20, 2007

Hubble Captures Views of Dawn's Destination

These Hubble Space Telescope images of Vesta and Ceres show two of the most massive bodies in the asteroid belt, a region between Mars and Jupiter. The Dawn mission, scheduled to launch this summer, will orbit both asteroid belt residents.

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diagram of MIRI

June 19, 2007

NASA/European Space Agency Sign for JPL-Managed Projects

JPL manages the U.S. portion of projects covered in new NASA-European Space Agency agreements ­James Webb Space Telescope's Mid-Infrared Instrument, and LISA Pathfinder mission's Disturbance Reduction System Package. JPL is a partner on the full LISA mission.

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June 15, 2007

Extreme Planet Takes Its Toll on Rovers

Like Sun Belt retirees who complain about cold weather, NASA's Mars rovers are becoming less tolerant of temperature changes with age.

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Saturn's moon Dione

June 14, 2007

Cassini Finds Saturn Moons are Active

Saturn's moons Tethys and Dione are flinging great streams of particles into space, according to data from the Cassini mission to Saturn.

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This false-color composite from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory shows the remnant of one such explosion.

June 13, 2007

Spitzer Searches for the Origins of Life

Astronomers suspect the early Earth was a very harsh place. Temperatures were extreme, and the planet was constantly bombarded by cosmic debris.

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Earth

June 11, 2007

NASA Scientist Finds a New Way to the Center of the Earth

A new NASA study proposes a novel technique to pinpoint more precisely the location of Earth's center of mass and how it moves through space.

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tropical cyclone Gonu

June 7, 2007

Rare Cyclone Sweeps Arabian Sea

NASA's QuikScat captured Tropical Cyclone Gonu, the strongest such storm to hit the Arabian Peninsula since record-keeping began in 1945. White arrows show wind direction; colors denote wind speeds.

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10 intriguing stars of 2007

June 7, 2007

Meet the 10 Most Intriguing Stars of 2007

They don't have official fan clubs, but some stars in the sky have a huge following among astronomers. Meet "2007'S 10 Most Intriguing Stars" in a new slide show.

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technician scans patient with carotid artery ultrasound

June 6, 2007

NASA Technology Helps Detect and Treat Heart Disease and Strokes

NASA space technology is helping doctors diagnose and monitor treatments for hardening of the arteries in its early stages, before it causes heart attacks and strokes.

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June 4, 2007

M81 Galaxy is Pretty in Pink

The perfectly picturesque spiral galaxy known as Messier 81, or M81, looks sharp in this new composite from Spitzer, Hubble and the Galaxy Evolution Explorer.

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Mars Southern Polar Cap in Spring

June 4, 2007

High-Resolution Images from Mars Orbiter Available Online

Explore hundreds of sweeping images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter with new user-friendly features at the Web site of the mission's high-resolution camera.

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St. Louis, Missouri

May 31, 2007

Satellites Track Human Exposure to Fine Particle Pollution

The unique abilities of NASA instruments to track tiny particles of air pollution may aid public health efforts.

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The Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's glow, represented in brilliant shades of electric blue, sapphire and mint green, while the planet's shadow casts a wide net on the rings.

May 31, 2007

Neon Saturn

The Cassini spacecraft captures Saturn's glow, represented in brilliant shades of electric blue, sapphire and mint green, while the planet's shadow casts a wide net on the rings.

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artist concept illustrates how Spitzer and a depth-perceiving trick called parallax allowed astronomers to determine the distance to an invisible Milky Way object

May 30, 2007

NASA Space Telescope Gives Scientists Depth Perception

Astronomers now have a new "eye" for determining the distance to certain mysterious bodies in and around our Milky Way galaxy.

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In this image, a large, six-wheeled rover sits on a concrete floor in a laboratory against a light-blue background.

May 29, 2007

Future Mission to Mars

The 2009 Mars Science Laboratory, the mammoth grandchild of the 1997 Sojourner rover, is less than one year from the assembly, test and launch operations phase.

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artist concept of cassini flyby

May 29, 2007

Cassini Views Titan from Bottom to Top

The Cassini spacecraft studied the properties of Titan's atmosphere during the May 28, 2007, flyby. The spacecraft also imaged a bright surface feature on Titan named Dilmun.

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dwarf galaxies in Coma cluster

May 29, 2007

Spitzer Nets Thousands of Galaxies in a Giant Cluster

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has bagged more than a thousand previously unknown dwarf galaxies in a giant cluster of galaxies.

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May 23, 2007

JPL Instrument Maps Carbon Dioxide From Space

JPL's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft is being used by scientists to observe atmospheric carbon dioxide. This global map shows concentrations of carbon dioxide in the troposphere (about eight kilometers, or five miles, above Earth).

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radar view of sea and coastline on Titan

May 23, 2007

Cassini Radar Images Sea, Islands and Mountains

During Cassini's most recent flyby of Titan on May 12, 2007, the radar instrument imaged a large sea and its coastline, with numerous island groups and mountains. This image appears to show a portion of a larger sea spotted previously near Titan's north pole.

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false-color image of Saturn's main rings

May 22, 2007

Cassini 'Cat Scan' Maps Clumps in Saturn's Rings

Saturn's largest and most densely packed ring is composed of tightly packed clumps of particles separated by nearly empty gaps, according to new findings from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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patch of bright-toned silicate-rich soil

May 21, 2007

Mars Rover Spirit Unearths Surprise Evidence of Wetter Past

A patch of Martian soil analyzed by NASA's rover Spirit is so rich in silica that it may provide some of the strongest evidence yet that ancient Mars was much wetter than it is now.

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Open House banner

May 18, 2007

JPL Welcomes Public to Open House This Weekend

Robots, spacecraft models, 3D-images and more. Take a journey to the planets and beyond at JPL's Open House, Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scientists and engineers will be here to answer your questions. Admission is free.

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This image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars

May 17, 2007

Baby Stars Hatching in Orion's Head

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows infant stars "hatching" in the head of Orion, the famous hunter constellation visible from northern hemispheres during winter nights.

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Plumes of water vapor and other gases escape at high velocity from the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus, as shown in this artist concept.

May 16, 2007

Frictional Heating Explains Plumes on Enceladus

Rubbing your hands together on a cold day generates a bit of heat, and the same process of frictional heating may be what powers the geysers jetting out from the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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The Hilton Alexandria Old Town

May 15, 2007

JPL to Hold Small Business Symposium in Nation's Capital

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will host the 10th Annual Space Science Symposium for Small Business on June 4, 2007, at the Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel in Alexandria, Va.

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NASA's QuikScat satellite detected extensive areas of snowmelt, shown in yellow and red, in west Antarctica in January 2005.

May 15, 2007

NASA Finds Vast Regions of West Antarctica Melted in Recent Past

A team of NASA and university scientists has found clear evidence that extensive areas of snow melted in west Antarctica in January 2005 in response to warm temperatures.

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NASA Explorer School students work with NASA scientists, engineers and educators to solve problems.

May 14, 2007

Cudahy, Glendale Schools Join Unique Partnership With NASA

NASA has announced that Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, Glendale, Calif.; and Ellen Ochoa Learning Center, Cudahy, Calif., have been selected to begin a special three-year partnership with the space agency as NASA Explorer Schools.

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Cassini To Confirm if 'Caspian Sea' is Liquid-Filled

May 14, 2007

Cassini To Confirm if 'Caspian Sea' is Liquid-Filled

Cassini successfully completed a flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on May 12, 2007. Due to the recent discovery of probable large seas on Titan, Cassini's quick-thinking team repointed the radar instrument south in advance of the encounter, flying over a large, expansive dark area dubbed the "Caspian Sea."

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The Enterprise orbiting planet Vulcan. (Star Trek images courtesy STARTREK.COM, Copyright 2007 CBS Studios Inc.)

May 10, 2007

Mission Could Seek Out Spock's Home Planet

Astronomers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have concluded that the SIM PlanetQuest mission would be able to detect an Earth-like planet around 40 Eridani, a star familiar to "Star Trek" fans as the location of planet Vulcan.

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Composite radio/optical/ultraviolet image of NGC 5291

May 10, 2007

Recycled Dwarf Galaxies Have 'Missing Mass'

Astronomers have found that dwarf galaxies made of debris from colliding galaxies are surprisingly massive. This might reveal much previously undetected "missing mass." Images from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Spitzer Space Telescopes formed a foundation for the research.

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May 10, 2007

CloudSat Tracks Atlantic Hurricane Season's First Named 2007 Storm

Two NASA satellites flew over the center of then Subtropical Storm Andrea Wednesday, May 9, off the U.S. southeast coast. In the CloudSat image (bottom), brighter colors indicate more water in the clouds.

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Tholins, complex organic molecules fundamental to prebiotic chemistry

May 10, 2007

Organic Brewery Found High in Titan's Atmosphere

Tholins, complex organic molecules fundamental to prebiotic chemistry, are apparently forming at a much higher altitude, and in different ways than expected, in Titan’s atmosphere. These results appear in this week’s issue of the journal Science.

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Temperature Map of an Exoplanet

May 9, 2007

NASA Finds Extremely Hot Planet, Makes First Exoplanet Weather Map

Researchers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have learned what the weather is like on two distant, exotic worlds.

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Artist's concept of Phoenix spacecraft

May 8, 2007

NASA's Next Mars Spacecraft Crosses the Mississippi

A U.S. Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft carried NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft Monday, May 7, from Colorado to Florida, where Phoenix will start a much longer trip in August.

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Powering Saturn's Jets

May 8, 2007

Cassini Finds that Storms Power Saturn's Jet Streams

New Cassini research suggests eddies, or giant rotating storms, are the "engine" powering Saturn's jet stream winds. Saturn's jet stream winds.

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solar system ambassador event

May 7, 2007

Latest Group of Solar System Ambassadors Ready for Liftoff

The newest bunch of space enthusiasts in NASA's Solar System Ambassadors Program is hard at work, planning events to educate various communities on their one true passion: space.

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artist concept of Aqua satellite

May 4, 2007

Weather and Climate Watcher Celebrates Five Years in Orbit

JPL's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft has significantly advanced weather forecasting and is measuring many of the key atmospheric gases that affect our climate.

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granular textures and a bomb sag

May 3, 2007

NASA's Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Ancient Volcanic Explosion

NASA's Mars Rover Spirit has found evidence of an ancient volcanic explosion. Evidence includes a bomb sag, a rock buried in layers at a feature called Home Plate.

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diagram showing the interior structure of Mercury

May 3, 2007

NASA Antenna Cuts Mercury to Core, Solves 30 Year Mystery

Researchers working with high-precision planetary radars, including the Goldstone Solar System Radar of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., have discovered strong evidence that the planet Mercury has a molten core.

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This color-coded map indicates the depth to icy layers at a site in southern Mars.

May 2, 2007

Sharp Views Show Ground Ice on Mars Is Patchy and Variable

Using observations by NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, scientists have discovered that water ice lies at variable depths over small-scale patches on Mars.

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two volcanos erupting

May 2, 2007

Volcanic Eruptions in Kamchatka

One of the most volcanically active regions of the world is the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Siberia, Russia. JPL's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radioneter (Aster) recently captured these images of two volcanoes, erupting simultaneously, 80 kilometers (50 miles) apart.

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ultraviolet image of M81

May 1, 2007

Galaxy Mission Completes Four Star-Studded Years in Space

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer celebrates its fourth anniversary with some of the "hottest stars" in the M81 spiral galaxy. The mission, which launched April 28, 2003, studies the universe with its ultraviolet eyes.

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infrared view of cosmic cloud BHR 71

May 1, 2007

Spitzer Spies Jet-Setting Stars

Rainbow-colored jets in the cosmic cloud BHR 71 point to a celestial smash occurring 600 light-years away from Earth.

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JPL Open House banner

April 30, 2007

JPL Open House Takes Visitors on a Journey to the Planets and Beyond

Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., invites the public on a "Journey To the Planets and Beyond." The laboratory will open its doors during its annual Open House on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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artist concept of CloudSat view of cloud paritcles

April 30, 2007

CloudSat Campaign Helps Unravel Polar Climate Secrets

Researchers have confirmed what NASA's CloudSat and Calipso satellites are telling us about how changes in clouds can affect climate in Earth's coldest regions.

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artist concept of Titan flyby

April 30, 2007

Cassini Extends Mapping of Titan’s Surface

Cassini's radar eyes imaged additional regions near Titan's north pole during an April 26, 2007, flyby. The instrument imaged the area slightly north of a feature nicknamed the "black sea."

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artist concept of CloudSat

April 26, 2007

Forecast Sunny as Cloud Mission Celebrates One Year

A year after launch, NASA's CloudSat mission is providing insights into how clouds form, evolve and affect our weather, climate and freshwater supply.

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Barbara Morgan talks to people

April 25, 2007

Registration Opens for JPL, Sally Ride Science Workshop

Educators can get involved in the first space shuttle flight of Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan by registering for an Educator Institute offered by Northrop Grumman and Sally Ride Science in collaboration with NASA.

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Artist concept of the Mars Exploration Rover

April 24, 2007

Mars Rovers Get Sir Arthur Clarke Awards

The Mars Exploration Rover team has received the Best Corporate/Team Achievement Award at the 2007 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards in England. The team's principal investigator, Steve Squyres, accepted the Best Individual Achievement Award.

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2-d full disk image of the sun by stereo

April 23, 2007

NASA Spacecraft Make First 3-D Images of Sun

NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft have made the first three-dimensional images of the sun.

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Rosette nebula with danger zones highlighted

April 18, 2007

Astronomers Map Out Planetary Danger Zone

Astronomers have laid down the cosmic equivalent of yellow "caution" tape around super hot stars, marking the zones where cooler stars are in danger of having their developing planets blasted away.

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educator astronaut Joe Acaba

April 17, 2007

Interactive Website Brings Shuttle Mission Closer to Home

Students across the country will be able to watch a webcast as participants question an Educator Astronaut about training and shuttle missions.

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Mauna Kea, Hawaii

April 14, 2007

Through a Telescope Darkly

From high atop Hawaii's dormant Mauna Kea volcano, scientists use an infrared telescope to study the Red Planet.

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artist concept of Mars Global Surveyor

April 13, 2007

Report Reveals Likely Causes of Mars Spacecraft Loss

WASHINGTON - After studying Mars four times as long as originally planned, NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter appears to have succumbed to battery failure caused by a complex sequence of events involving the onboard computer memory and ground commands.

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gully deposit on Mars

April 13, 2007

Mars Global Surveyor Mission Highlights

NASA's Mars Global Surveyor made many important discoveries about Mars.

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infrared view of Pleiades

April 12, 2007

The Seven Sisters Pose for Spitzer - and for You!

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades, seem to float on a bed of feathers in a new infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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artist concept of Titan flyby

April 12, 2007

Sea Hunt, Cassini Style

Cassini successfully completed a flyby of Titan on April 10, 2007. The spacecraft flew over new parts of familiar terrain on the Saturnian moon -- its north polar region.

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3 simulated planets distinguished from background light

April 11, 2007

NASA Shows Future Space Telescopes Could Detect Earth Twin

For the first time ever, NASA researchers have successfully demonstrated in the laboratory that a space telescope rigged with special masks and mirrors could snap a photo of an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star.

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artist concept of planet with red plants

April 11, 2007

Do Faraway Worlds Have Red Trees?

Research by scientists, including David Crisp of JPL, indicates foliage on other Earth-sized worlds could be mainly yellow, orange or red.

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artist concept of Dawn

April 10, 2007

Dawn Arrives in Florida - A Little After Dawn

The Dawn spacecraft arrived at Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., today. Dawn, NASA's mission into the heart of the asteroid belt, is at the facility for final processing and launch operations.

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spiral galaxy M106

April 10, 2007

Mystery Spiral Arms Explained?

A quartet of space observatories, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, may have cracked a mystery surrounding ghostly galactic arms.

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asteroid Ida and its moon

April 5, 2007

Searching for the Grandest Asteroid Tour

Orbit mechanics experts from around the world recently met to discuss methods for finding the best possible spacecraft trajectory, or flight path, for visiting a sequence of asteroids.

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JPL's Jennifer Rocca

April 5, 2007

Countdown to Dawn

A high school guidance counselor told Jennifer Rocca that aerospace engineering was not a field for women. Luckily, the future systems engineer for the Dawn mission wasn't convinced.

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GPS station

April 5, 2007

Heavy '04-'05 Rains Caused San Gabriel Valley to Expand

Using high-tech earthquake monitoring instruments, NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey and other partners found LA's San Gabriel Valley rose and bulged outward following near-record rains in 2004-05.

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NOAA satellite image of Dec. 5, 2006, solar flare

April 4, 2007

Sun Activity Affects Global Positioning System

An intense radio burst from an unprecedented solar eruption last December had widespread effects on the Global Positioning System.

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Arctic sea ice change

April 3, 2007

NASA Finds Arctic Replenished Very Little Thick Sea Ice in 2005

A new NASA study has found that in 2005 the Arctic replaced very little of the thick sea ice it normally loses and replenishes each year.

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artist's concept of Rosetta

April 2, 2007

Rosetta Instruments Tag Team With New Horizons

Both Europe's Rosetta and NASA's New Horizons spacecraft have focused instruments on Jupiter. The Rosetta Alice instrument provided global observations of the gas giant's aurora and the plasma torus around Jupiter's moon Io.

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March 29, 2007

NASA Telescope Finds Planets Thrive Around Stellar Twins

The double sunset that Luke Skywalker gazed upon in the film "Star Wars" might not be a fantasy.

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map of California showing changes in temperature, 1950-2000

March 28, 2007

Golden State Heating Up, New NASA/University Study Finds

Average temperatures in California rose almost one degree Celsius (nearly two degrees Fahrenheit) during the second half of the 20th century, according to a new study.

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six-sided feature circling Saturn's north pole

March 27, 2007

Cassini Images Bizarre Hexagon on Saturn

An odd, six-sided, honeycomb-shaped feature circling the entire north pole of Saturn has captured the interest of scientists with NASA's Cassini mission.

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women's computing group circa 1955

March 27, 2007

Women Made Early Inroads at JPL

In the 1940s, women started playing instrumental roles in JPL missions. Jobs that required orbital calculations evolved into some of today's software engineers.

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Titan, from Mar. 26, 2007, flyby

March 27, 2007

Cassini and Titan Play 'Peek-a-Boo' on Latest Flyby

Cassini completed a successful flyby of Titan on Mon., March 26. The spacecraft passed behind Titan for approximately 35 minutes. This is called an occultation, and it's Cassini's version of "peek-a-boo." A signal from the spacecraft, bounced off Titan's surface and received on Earth, will tell scientists more about Titan's surface.

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JPL

March 23, 2007

JPL Presents Workshop for Small Business

JPL will host a workshop to assist small businesses on April 18 at the Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego's Mission Valley.

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Petermann Floating Tongue, Greenland

March 23, 2007

Gravity Measurements Help Melt Ice Mysteries

Greenland is cold and hot. It's a deep freezer storing 10 percent of Earth's ice and a subject of fevered debate.

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artist concept of Enceladus and magnetic field at Saturn

March 22, 2007

Enceladus Geysers Mask the Length of Saturn's Day

In a David and Goliath story of Saturnian proportions, the little moon Enceladus is weighing down giant Saturn's magnetic field so much that the field is rotating slower than the planet.

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Chapman glacier

March 21, 2007

'Cool' Science: JPL Observes International Polar Year

Within the frozen confines of Earth's polar regions lie secrets -- clues scientists believe can help unravel some of the mysteries that drive Earth's climate.

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Dr. Ed Stone

March 21, 2007

Former JPL Director Honored

Former JPL director Edward C. Stone has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Aviation Week. Stone's long list of accomplishments includes his role as project scientist for the twin NASA Voyager spacecraft.

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Artist concept of Stardust

March 21, 2007

Comet-Chaser Mission Honored

NASA's Stardust mission received the 2007 Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate Award for extraordinary achievement in space. In January of 2006, Stardust successfully completed a seven-year, 2.8 billion mile journey to fly by a comet and return samples to Earth.

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colorful science images

March 19, 2007

Sally Ride Science Festival for Girls Returns to Caltech

Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, is presenting the Sally Ride Science Festival, held in association with the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, March 24, on the Caltech campus.

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Nile River

March 19, 2007

NASA Finds Sun-Climate Connection in Old Nile Records

Since the time of the pharaohs in ancient Egypt, the water levels of the Nile were accurately measured. These are now a unique resource for climatologists.

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Multi-colored map of the south polar layered deposits of Mars indicates the thickness of the stack of ice-rich layers, from about 3.5 kilometers near the pole tapering to less than one-half kilometer at the edges.

March 15, 2007

Mars' South Pole Ice Deep and Wide

New measurements of Mars' south polar region indicate extensive frozen water. The polar region contains enough frozen water to cover the whole planet in a liquid layer approximately 11 meters (36 feet) deep.

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artist concept to twin Grace satellites

March 15, 2007

At Five, Grace Continues To Amaze

The twin satellites of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment celebrate their fifth anniversary this week. They've improved our knowledge of Earth's gravity field by more than 100 times and are helping to revolutionize our understanding of Earth's climate.

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bright soil churned up by Spirit rover

March 14, 2007

NASA Mars Rover Churns Up Questions With Sulfur-Rich Soil

Some bright Martian soil containing lots of sulfur and a trace of water intrigues researchers who are studying information provided by NASA's Spirit rover.

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student and their robots compete

March 13, 2007

Students Rack Up Wins at Local Robotics Competition

A high school robotics team sponsored by JPL was one of three teams capturing top honors at this year's Los Angeles regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competition.

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comparison of lake on Titan and Lake Superior

March 13, 2007

Cassini Spacecraft Images Seas on Saturn's Moon Titan

Instruments on NASA's Cassini spacecraft have found evidence for seas, likely filled with liquid methane or ethane, in the high northern latitudes of Saturn's moon Titan.

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color-coded view of  ice jets of Enceladus

March 12, 2007

A Hot Start Might Explain Geysers on Enceladus

A hot start billions of years ago might have set into motion the forces that power geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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March 12, 2007

New Panorama Reveals More Than 1,000 Black Holes

Astronomers have created a black hole panorama using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based telescopes.

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Titan, from Mar. 10, 2007, flyby

March 12, 2007

Cassini Cruises by Titan

Cassini successfully completed a flyby of Titan on March 10, which included imaging an area just north of the equator, mapping temperatures, and monitoring cloud motion. On this flyby, Cassini scooped up material from the top of Titan's atmosphere to determine the constituents. Changes in temperature at the surface were also measured.

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March 10, 2007

Student-Built Robots 'Rack 'N' Roll'

High school teams from around California are competing this weekend in a Los Angeles regional robotics competition. This year's robotic challenge, to hang tubes on tall racks.

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drawing of kiosk

March 9, 2007

Planet Hunting Lands in L.A. Library

An out-of-this-world exhibit has landed smack in the middle of downtown Los Angeles -- in a library, of all places.

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Z Camelopardalis, a double-star system featuring a collapsed, dead star, and a companion star, as well as a ghostly shell around the system

March 7, 2007

NASA Mission Finds Link Between Big and Small Stellar Blasts

Proof that certain double star systems can erupt in full-blown explosions and then continue to flare up with smaller bursts has been spotted by the ultraviolet eyes of NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer.

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Hubert Curien

March 7, 2007

Huygens Landing Site to Be Named After Hubert Curien

An epic space mission and one of the founding fathers of the European space endeavor will be forever linked. NASA and European space officials are honoring Hubert Curien by naming the Huygens landing site on Saturn's largest moon, Titan, after him.

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sea level heights in Pacific, Feb. 2007

March 2, 2007

Pacific Shows Signs of Morphing to Cool La Nina

New data of sea-level heights from early February 2007, by the Jason satellite show that the tropical Pacific Ocean has transitioned from a warm (El Niño) to a cool (La Niña) condition during the prior two months.

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Saturn and its rings

March 1, 2007

Cassini Returns Never-Before-Seen Views of the Ringed Planet

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured never-before-seen views of Saturn from perspectives high above and below the planet's rings.

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Jupiter

March 1, 2007

Hubble Images Jupiter for New Horizons Flyby

Using a camera developed and built by JPL, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took this Jupiter image in support of the New Horizons mission.

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JPL's David Jefferson in mission control

February 27, 2007

Celebrating Black History Month: A Navigator

David Jefferson has helped navigate JPL spacecraft to their exotic destinations -- Mars and two comets.

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artist's concept of ExoMars

February 26, 2007

Sensor Being Developed to Check for Life on Mars

NASA-funded researchers are refining a tool that could give clues to the origin of any traces of life's molecular building blocks on Mars.

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Magalene Powell-Meeks

February 23, 2007

Celebrating Black History Month: An Information Technologist

As JPL's first Associate Chief Information Officer, Dr. Magalene Powell-Meeks is responsible for making sure all of the lab's information technology needs are met.

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Titan, seen during Feb. 22, 2007, flyby

February 23, 2007

Cassini Flyby Crisscrosses Familiar Terrain

During Cassini's flyby of Titan on Feb. 22, the radar mapper imaged Titan's surface and crisscrossed over six previously mapped areas. Stay tuned for those views. Meanwhile, visit the raw image gallery for the latest images.

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artist concept of extrasolar planet

February 21, 2007

NASA's Spitzer First to Crack Open Light of Faraway Worlds

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured for the first time enough light from planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, to identify molecules in their atmospheres.

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fractures within the Candor Chasma region of Valles Marineris, Mars

February 15, 2007

NASA Mars Orbiter Sees Effects of Ancient Underground Fluids

Liquid or gas flowed through cracks penetrating underground rock on ancient Mars, according to a report based on some of the first observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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JPL's Chris Boxe

February 14, 2007

Celebrating Black History Month: An Earth Scientist

Christopher Boxe isn't yet 30 years old, but he's already become an expert in the field of environmental science.

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demise of sun-like star

February 13, 2007

The Colorful Demise of a Sun-Like Star

A new image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows the colorful "last hurrah" of a star like our sun. The picture was taken on Feb. 6, 2007, by Hubble's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, which was designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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infrared view of Helix nebula

February 12, 2007

Comets Clash at Heart of Helix Nebula

A bunch of rowdy comets are colliding and kicking up dust around a dead star, according to new observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Saturn, seen through telescope

February 8, 2007

Opposites Attract: Saturn Lures Earthly Admirers

Mark your celestial calendar. Good views of Saturn start on Saturday, Feb. 10 and continue through June.

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dunes in Proctor Crater, located in the southern hemisphere of Mars

February 7, 2007

Spacecraft Set to Reach Milestone, Reports Technical Glitches

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft this month is set to surpass the record for the most science data returned by any Mars spacecraft. While the mission continues to produce data at record levels, engineers are examining why two instruments are intermittently not performing entirely as planned.

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Artist's concept of Ulysses at sun's south pole.

February 7, 2007

NASA-European Spacecraft Swoops Under Sun's Pole

The 16-year-old Ulysses spacecraft reaches what could be considered a low point in its mission observing the sun today - and solar scientists could not be happier.

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Opportunity view of tracks

February 7, 2007

Mars Rover Completes a 10-K

NASA's durable Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is the first robot to travel 10 kilometers on Mars. It reached that total (6.2 miles) during a drive on Feb. 6.

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JPL's Ed Massey

February 7, 2007

Celebrating Black History Month: A Mission Manager

Ed Massey has dedicated 20 years of his life working on NASA/JPL missions and projects, including the Voyager and Ulysses missions.

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sea lion with a tag

February 6, 2007

Satellites and Sea Lions: Working Together to Improve Ocean Models

The best oceanographers in the world never studied at a university. Yet they know how to navigate expertly along oceanic fronts, the invisible boundaries between waters of different temperatures and densities.

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astronomer Beth Biller

February 6, 2007

Finding Beauty in the Universe

Beth Biller overcame her fear of math to pursue her career as a serious astronomer.

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artist concept of Phoenix lander on Mars

February 5, 2007

Act Soon to Send Your Name to Mars

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander will carry a DVD with names of people from around the world. About 200,000 names have been enrolled so far, and the deadline to get your name on board is Feb. 12. Phoenix will launch in August 2007 and reach Mars in May 2008.

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two views of cloud over Titan's north pole

January 31, 2007

Cassini Images Mammoth Cloud Engulfing Titan's North Pole

A giant cloud half the size of the United States has been imaged on Saturn's moon Titan by the Cassini spacecraft.

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distribution of

January 31, 2007

A NASA Space Sleuth Hunts the Trail of Earth's Water

For the first time, NASA scientists have used a shrewd spaceborne detective to track the origin and movement of water vapor throughout Earth's atmosphere.

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January 31, 2007

Pack Your Backpack

Calling all explorers! Tour JPL with our new Virtual Field Trip site. Stops include Mission Control and the Rover Lab. Cool space images and souvenirs are included in your visit.

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artist's concept of Titan and Cassini spacecraft

January 30, 2007

Cassini’s Infrared Eyes Aimed at Titan

Cassini successfully completed a flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on Monday, Jan. 29, aiming its infrared eyes on the moon's murky atmosphere, peering through its thick, smoggy veil, and mapping surface features.

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Titan

January 24, 2007

The Jet Stream of Titan

A pair of rare celestial alignments that occurred in November 2003 helped an international team of astronomers investigate the far-off world of Saturn's moon Titan.

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sunset on Mars

January 23, 2007

And the Winner Is...

This view of a Martian sunset, taken by Spirit, earned top honors in a web poll of Mars Exploration Rover images. Spirit and its twin, Opportunity, are beginning their fourth year on the red planet.

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Maffei 2 galaxy

January 22, 2007

Science Foundation Honors Two Telescope Scientists

A National Science Foundation medal goes to two scientists whose work on NASA's Two Micron All-Sky Survey enabled "a thrilling variety of explorations in astronomy and astrophysics."

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Saturn

January 19, 2007

Psychedelic Saturn

This psychedelic view of Saturn and its rings combines three images taken through different infrared filters by the Cassini spacecraft.

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old, Dept. of Water and Power site

January 17, 2007

A Tale of Two Sites: Impacts of Relocating L.A.'s Weather Station

To modern-day climatologists, Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" could serve as a metaphor for weather records in Los Angeles since the the city's official downtown weather station was relocated.

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Titan

January 16, 2007

Cassini Kicks off Busy Year of Titan Flybys

A Titan flyby on Jan. 13 began a busy year of observing Titan in 2007. This year, Cassini has 17 flybys of the intriguing moon, the most of any year during the four-year prime mission.

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Airs data showing Hurricane Frances

January 12, 2007

NASA Presentations at the 87th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

NASA researchers, including several from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will present findings on a variety of Earth science topics at the 87th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, which runs Jan. 14 through Jan. 18, in San Antonio, Texas.

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Huygens Landing Site (Animation - Artist's Concept)

January 12, 2007

Huygens's Landing Second Anniversary - The Surprises Continue

Two years ago, the Huygens probe drifted down through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan, beaming back data to Earth via the Cassini mother ship.

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view from space of Pathfinder on Mars

January 11, 2007

New NASA Orbiter Sees Details of 1997 Pathfinder Site

The high-resolution camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has imaged the 1997 landing site of NASA's Mars Pathfinder, revealing new details of hardware on the surface and the geology of the region.

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artist's concept of Mars Globay Surveyor,artist's concept of Mars Globay Surveyor

January 10, 2007

Panel Will Study Mars Global Surveyor Events

NASA has formed an internal review board to look more in-depth into why NASA's Mars Global Surveyor went silent in November 2006 and recommend any processes or procedures that could increase safety for other spacecraft.

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QuikScat image of winds over Java Sea

January 10, 2007

QuikScat Shows Sea/Atmospheric Conditions at Time of Two Java Sea Disasters

Ocean winds data from NASA's QuikScat satellite shed new insights into the atmospheric conditions present during recent air and sea disasters in the Java Sea.

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interacting galaxies

January 10, 2007

Older Galaxy Pair Has Surprisingly Youthful Glow

A pair of interacting galaxies might be experiencing the galactic equivalent of a mid-life crisis, according to new evidence from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and a ground-based observatory.

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Infrared view of the Eagle nebula

January 9, 2007

Famous Space Pillars Feel the Heat of Star's Explosion

The three iconic space pillars photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 might have met their demise, according to new evidence from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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artist concept of ExoMars

January 9, 2007

Device for Checking for Life on Mars Gets NASA Funding

A proposed instrument to check for signs of life on Mars has been selected for development funding by NASA. JPL manages the development team headed by a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego.

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Mars

January 8, 2007

NASA Selects Proposals for Future Mars Missions and Studies

NASA selects proposals for future Mars missions and studies, including one managed by JPL.

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conference image

January 8, 2007

JPL to Hold High-Tech Conference for Small Business

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 19th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 6 and 7, at the Radisson Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.

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illustration showing three-dimensional distrution of dark matter in the universe

January 8, 2007

Astronomers Map 'Clumpy' Dark Matter in 3-D

An international team of astronomers, including JPLer Jason Rhodes, used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to create the first three-dimensional map of dark matter in the universe.

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Hubble Space Telescope image of an encounter between the galaxies NGC 2207 and IC 2163

January 5, 2007

Planet-Finding Mission to Predict Date of Cosmic Collision

Scientists with NASA's planned SIM PlanetQuest expect to pin down the date of a galactic collision billions of years in our future by first reaching back to the Big Bang.

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colorized radar view of lakes on Titan

January 3, 2007

Titan Has Liquid Lakes, Scientists Report in Nature

Scientists report definitive evidence of the presence of lakes filled with liquid methane on Saturn's moon Titan in this week's journal Nature cover story.

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January 3, 2007

Rover Photo Contest

NASA's Spirit rover landed on the red planet on the evening of Jan. 3, 2004 (Pacific time). Opportunity landed a few weeks later. For three years, the rovers have returned fabulous images. Now it's your turn to vote for your favorite picture.

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