News Articles for 2010

This true color mosaic of Jupiter was constructed from images taken by the narrow angle camera onboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft on December 29, 2000

December 29, 2010

Cassini Celebrates 10 Years Since Jupiter Encounter

NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its closest approach to the solar system's biggest planet on Dec. 30, 2000.

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'Santa Maria' Crater in 360-Degree View, Sol 2451

December 23, 2010

Opportunity Studying a Football-Field Size Crater

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will spend a few weeks investigating a football-field-size crater informally named 'Santa Maria.'

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The Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex, located outside Canberra, Australia.

December 22, 2010

Contract Marks New Generation for Deep Space Network

NASA has taken the next step toward a new generation of Deep Space Network antennas.

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ChemCam Mast Unit Being Prepared for Laser Firing

December 22, 2010

NASA's Next Mars Rover to Zap Rocks With Laser

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will shoot a laser at rocks and patches of soil with enough power to generate a flash revealing each target's atomic ingredients.

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The sun descends to the Martian horizon.

December 22, 2010

Mars Movie: I'm Dreaming of a Blue Sunset

A new Mars movie clip gives us a rover's-eye view of a bluish Martian sunset, while another clip shows the silhouette of the moon Phobos passing in front of the sun.

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Dark Moon, Bright Spray

December 21, 2010

Cassini Finishes Sleigh Ride by Icy Moons

On the heels of a successful close flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft is returning images of Enceladus and the nearby moon Dione.

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The change of seasons is vividly displayed in four satellite images of Lake George, New York

December 21, 2010

Season's Greetings: NASA Views the Change of Seasons

Welcome the winter solstice today, Dec. 21 (summer solstice for our friends south of the equator) with a slideshow of NASA satellite images marking the change of seasons.

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Hemispheric color differences on Saturn's moon Rhea are apparent in this false-color view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

December 20, 2010

Cassini Marks Holidays With Dramatic Views of Rhea

Newly released for the holidays, images of Saturn's second largest moon Rhea obtained by Cassini show dramatic views of fractures and craters on the moon's surface.

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The New South and the Old North

December 20, 2010

Cassini Takes Close-Up of Enceladus Northern Hemisphere

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be making its close flyby of the northern hemisphere of Saturn's moon Enceladus today, Monday, Dec. 20.

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A Collage of Nearby Galaxies

December 16, 2010

A Galaxy for Everyone

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, celebrates its launch anniversary with a taste of four galaxy flavors.

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UAVSAR image shows ground deformation

December 16, 2010

Mexico Quake Studies Uncover Surprises for California

New technologies developed by NASA and other agencies are revealing surprising insights into a major quake that rocked parts of the American Southwest and Mexico in April.

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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera to record this view of Santa Maria crater at the end of a drive during the 2,450th Martian day

December 16, 2010

NASA Spacecraft Provides Travel Tips for Mars Rover

NASA's Mars Opportunity rover is getting important tips from an orbiting spacecraft as it explores areas that might hold clues about past Martian environments.

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Bill Patzert at AGU

December 15, 2010

American Geophysical Union Honors NASA's Bill Patzert

Bill Patzert, an oceanographer and climatologist at JPL, has been honored by the American Geophysical Union for his contributions to improving public understanding of Earth science.

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Artist concept of NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter with actual images taken by the spacecraft.

December 15, 2010

NASA's Odyssey Spacecraft Sets Exploration Record on Mars

NASA's Mars Odyssey, which launched in 2001, will break the record Wednesday for longest-serving spacecraft at the Red Planet.

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This is an artist's concept of the Saturnian plasma sheet based on data from Cassini magnetospheric imaging instrument.

December 14, 2010

Hot Plasma Explosions Inflate Saturn's Magnetic Field

New Cassini findings show enormous clouds of hot plasma periodically bloom around Saturn and move like an unbalanced load of laundry on spin cycle.

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This image is based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft

December 14, 2010

Cassini Spots Potential Ice Volcano on Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found possible ice volcanoes on Saturn's moon Titan that are similar in shape to those on Earth that spew molten rock.

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Artist concept of Voyager near interstellar space. Image credit: NASA/JPL

December 13, 2010

NASA Probe Sees Solar Wind Decline

The 33-year odyssey of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind.

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Students from Magnolia Science Academy

December 10, 2010

Students Bounce to the Top at JPL Competition

With rubber band contraptions, leaf blowers, balloons and other items, student teams used ping-pong lifting devices in JPL's annual Invention Challenge, held today, Dec. 10.

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An Explosion of Infrared Color

December 9, 2010

WISE Sees an Explosion of Infrared Light

NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer has caught sight of an unusual display of infrared colors around a supernova remnant.

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In Ares Vallis, teardrop mesas extend like pennants behind impact craters, where the raised rocky rims diverted the floods and protected the ground from erosion.

December 9, 2010

Odyssey Orbiter Nears Martian Longevity Record

By the middle of next week, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will have worked longer at Mars than any other spacecraft in history.

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This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates the presence of molecules in the planet WASP-12b

December 8, 2010

NASA's Spitzer Reveals First Carbon-Rich Planet

Astronomers have discovered that a huge, searing-hot planet orbiting another star is loaded with an unusual amount of carbon.

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Recent college grads who work for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., successfully launched a sounding rocket 120 kilometers (75 miles) above Earth's surface on Monday, Dec. 6.

December 6, 2010

New JPL Workers Shed Training Wheels for Rocket Launch

A group of early-career employees at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., can now add “rocket launch” to their resumes.

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This map shows the distribution of dark matter in a portion of our universe.

December 6, 2010

So You Think You Can Solve a Cosmology Puzzle?

Scientists challenge other scientists with a series of galaxy puzzles

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The Large Binocular Telescope at Mt. Graham, Arizona.

December 2, 2010

Double Vision: New Instrument Casts Its Eyes to the Sky

The Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer has taken its first images of the star Beta Peg in the constellation Pictor.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this raw image of the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Nov. 30, 2010.

December 1, 2010

Cassini Returns Images of Bright Jets at Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully dipped near the surface of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Nov. 30.

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Super-Earth Exposed

December 1, 2010

NASA Aids in Characterizing Super-Earth Atmosphere

A team of astronomers, including two NASA Sagan Fellows, has made the first characterizations of a super-Earth's atmosphere, by using a ground-based telescope.

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Sand Ripples Inside a Rimless Martian Pit (Stretched)

December 1, 2010

Pits, Flows, Other Scenes in New Set of Mars Images

Thousands of new Mars images from 340 observations by the highest resolution camera orbiting the Red Planet include scenes of rimless pits, mud volcanoes and other features.

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Engineers build the next Mars rover, Curiosity, in the clean room at JPL

November 30, 2010

Mars Rover Construction Webcam Tops Million Viewers

More than one million people have watched assembly and testing of NASA's next Mars rover via a live webcam since it went online in October.

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Weather Sensors from Spain on Mars Rover Curiosity

November 30, 2010

Spain Supplies Weather Station for Next Mars Rover

As it explores a region of Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity will monitor temperatures, winds, humidity and other environmental variables using tools supplied by Spain.

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Hot and Narrow Tiger Stripe

November 29, 2010

Cassini Finds Warm Cracks on Enceladus

New images and data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft give scientists a unique Saturn-lit view of active fissures through the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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The cratered plains of Saturn's moon Rhea are visible in this image obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Nov. 21, 2009.

November 29, 2010

Thin Air - Cassini Finds Ethereal Atmosphere at Rhea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected a very tenuous atmosphere infused with oxygen and carbon dioxide around Saturn's icy moon Rhea.

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Artist's concept of Cassini's Nov. 30 flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus

November 24, 2010

Cassini Back to Normal, Ready for Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft resumed normal operations today, Nov. 24. All science instruments have been turned back on, the spacecraft is properly configured and Cassini is in good health.

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Image showing a belt reappearing in Jupiter's atmosphere

November 24, 2010

Stripes Are Back in Season on Jupiter

New NASA images support findings that one of Jupiter's stripes that "disappeared" last spring is now showing signs of a comeback.

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Diagram showing an unusual galaxy with bent jets

November 24, 2010

Astronomers Probe 'Sandbar' Between Islands of Galaxies

Astronomers have caught sight of an unusual galaxy that has illuminated new details about a celestial "sandbar" connecting two massive islands of galaxies.

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The joint U.S. and Argentine Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft is prepped for thermal vacuum chamber tests at Brazil's National Institute for Space Research.

November 23, 2010

NASA's Savory Sea Salt Sensor to Get Cooked, Chilled

A NASA instrument that will soon serve up a tasty cornucopia of new Earth climate data is set to get baked and chilled in a giant oven.'

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LISA will be the first space-based mission to attempt the detection of gravitational waves. These are ripples in spacetime that are emitted by exotic objects such as black holes.

November 23, 2010

Tuning an 'Ear' to the Music of Gravitational Waves

A team of scientists and engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has brought the world one step closer to "hearing" gravitational waves.

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Tahoe, seen here from Emerald Bay, was one of the primary validation sites for the global lake study. The lake, which straddles the borders of California and Nevada, is the largest alpine lake in North America.

November 23, 2010

NASA Study Finds Earth's Lakes are Warming

In the first comprehensive global survey of temperature trends in major lakes, NASA researchers determined Earth's largest lakes have warmed during the past 25 years in response to climate change.

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Images from the FIRST Robotics competition

November 22, 2010

NASA Funds High School Student Robotics Program

NASA is providing up to $20 million over the next five years to support a national program to inspire students through the FIRST Robotics program.

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 The collision of two spiral galaxies, has triggered this luminous starburst, the brightest ever seen taking place far away from the centers, or nuclei, of merging galaxies.

November 22, 2010

Spitzer Sees Shrouded Burst of Stars

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have found a stunning burst of star formation that beams out as much infrared light as an entire galaxy.

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STARDUST Launch Artist rendering of Stardust-NExT spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL

November 22, 2010

NASA Spacecraft Burns for Another Comet Flyby

NASA's Stardust spacecraft fired its rockets to adjust its flight path today, Nov. 22, to set itself up for a flyby of comet Tempel 1 next February.

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This global view of the surface of Venus is centered at 180 degrees east longitude.

November 19, 2010

Scientists Chosen to Help on Venus Climate Orbiter

NASA has established a Venus Climate Orbiter Participating Scientist Program to complement scientific return of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)-led Venus Climate Orbiter, or "Akatsuki" mission.

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'Intrepid' Crater on Mars (Color)

November 18, 2010

NASA Mars Rover Images Honor Apollo 12

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has visited and photographed two craters informally named for the spacecraft that carried men to the moon 41 years ago this week.

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Hartley 2, Close Up

November 18, 2010

NASA Spacecraft Sees Cosmic Snow Storm During Comet Encounter

The EPOXI mission's recent encounter with comet Hartley 2 provided the first images clear enough for scientists to link jets of dust and gas with specific surface features.

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NGC 1514. The view on the left is from a ground-based, visible-light telescope; the view on the right shows the object in infrared light

November 17, 2010

WISE Image Reveals Strange Specimen in Starry Sea

A new image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer shows what looks like a glowing jellyfish floating at the bottom of a dark, speckled sea.

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A Geminid meteor

November 16, 2010

How to See the Best Meteor Showers of the Year: Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates'

There are several major meteor showers to enjoy every year at various times, with some more active than others.

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Color Camera for Curiosity's Robotic Arm

November 16, 2010

Camera on Curiosity's Arm will Magnify Clues in Rocks

A camera installed this month on the robotic arm of NASA's next Mars rover will do close-up inspections for clues to Martian environments, but it can look far away, too.

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detailed map of dark matter in our universe

November 11, 2010

Shedding 'Bent' Light on Dark Matter

An astronomy team led by Dan Coe, formerly of JPL, has created one of the sharpest and most detailed maps of dark matter in the universe.

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Saturn's Kinked F Ring

November 11, 2010

Saturn Then and Now: 30 Years Since Voyager Visit

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft made its closest approach to Saturn on Nov. 12, 1980, revealing mysteries that NASA's Cassini spacecraft is working to crack.

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false-color composite image of Saturn

November 10, 2010

Cassini Sees Saturn on a Cosmic Dimmer Switch

Saturn put out less energy over the years and emitted it in a lopsided fashion.

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Satellite images showing the movement of fragmented ice away from ice edges

November 9, 2010

NASA Study Shows Role of Melt in Arctic Sea Ice Loss

A NASA analysis of satellite data has quantified, for the first time, the amount of older and thicker "multiyear" sea ice lost from the Arctic Ocean due to melting.

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Artist's concept of the Cassini spacecraft

November 9, 2010

Status Update: Cassini to Resume Nominal Operations

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., expect the Cassini spacecraft will resume normal operations on Nov. 24.

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A cool brown dwarf discovered and imaged by NASA's WISE mission

November 9, 2010

Cool Star is a Gem of a Find

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has eyed its first cool brown dwarf: a tiny, ultra-cold star floating all alone in space.

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Composite of artist's concept of the Curiosity Rover and a photo of its Radiation Assessment Detector instrument

November 9, 2010

Sensor on Mars Rover to Measure Radiation Environment

One of the experiments on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission will measure the natural radiation environment to aid plans for future human missions.

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Close-up view of comet Hartley 2

November 5, 2010

Flight of the Comet

This video clip was compiled from images taken by NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft during its flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4.

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Artist's concept of the Cassini spacecraft

November 4, 2010

Engineers Assessing Cassini Spacecraft

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are working to understand what caused NASA's Cassini spacecraft to put itself into "safe mode," a precautionary standby mode.

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Montage of images showing comet Hartley 2 during EPOXI's flyby

November 4, 2010

NASA EPOXI Flyby Reveals New Insights Into Comet Features

Scientists say initial images from today's flyby of comet Hartley 2 provide new information about the comet's volume and material spewing from its surface.

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This image composite shows a warped and magnified view of a galaxy discovered by the Herschel Space Observatory

November 4, 2010

Herschel's Hidden Talent: Digging Up Magnified Galaxies

It turns out the Herschel Space Observatory has a trick up its sleeve. The telescope has proven to be excellent at finding magnified, faraway galaxies.

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Introducing Comet Hartley 2

November 4, 2010

NASA Mission Successfully Flies by Comet Hartley 2

NASA's EPOXI mission successfully flew by comet Hartley 2 at about 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) today, and the spacecraft has begun returning images. Hartley 2 is the fifth comet nucleus visited by a spacecraft.

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Close-up view of comet Hartley 2

November 4, 2010

Epoxi Flyby of Comet Hartley 2 Underway

Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., have relayed final instructions to their comet-bound spacecraft today, Nov. 3.

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Malcolm Hartley, comet discoverer

November 2, 2010

The Man Behind Comet Hartley 2

Malcolm Hartley has seen a whole lot of the universe over the last 40 years, but he'd never had a close-up view of a comet named after him.

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EPOXI navigation team members and engineers in mission control at JPL

November 2, 2010

NASA Spacecraft on Final Approach Toward Comet

NASA's EPOXI mission spacecraft steadily approaches its target, comet Hartley 2, as it completes its final flight-path adjustment.

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An artist's concept of a NASA Mars Exploration Rover

November 2, 2010

Mars Rovers Mission Using Cloud Computing

The project team that built and operates the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity has become the first NASA space mission to use cloud computing for daily mission operations.

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Jets emanating from comet Hartley 2

November 1, 2010

NASA's Comet Mission May Face Multiple Jets Nov. 4

Images from NASA's EPOXI mission shows jets emanating from comet Hartley 2.

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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., use a crane to lift a runner segment that is part of major surgery on a giant, 70-meter-wide antenna.

November 1, 2010

Major Surgery Complete for Deep Space Network Antenna

The seven-month upgrade to the historic "Mars antenna" at NASA's Deep Space Network site in Goldstone, Calif. has been completed.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image of a small object in the outer portion of Saturn's B ring casting a shadow on the rings as Saturn approached its August 2009 equinox.

November 1, 2010

Cassini Sees Saturn Rings Oscillate Like Mini-Galaxy

Scientists believe they finally understand why one of the most dynamic regions in Saturn's rings has such an irregular and varying shape, thanks to images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Artist's concept of the Deep Impact spacecraft

November 1, 2010

NASA to Host Live Events for November 4 Comet Encounter

NASA will hold a series of news and educational events about the EPOXI mission's close encounter with comet Hartley 2, scheduled to occur at approximately 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) on Thursday, Nov. 4.

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Volcanic cone in the Nili Patera caldera on Mars

October 31, 2010

Silica on a Mars Volcano Tells of Wet and Cozy Past

Mounds of a mineral deposited on a volcanic cone more than three billion years ago may preserve evidence of one of the most recent habitable microenvironments on Mars.

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Artist concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft

October 29, 2010

New Project Manager as Voyager Explores New Territory

As NASA's two Voyager spacecraft hurtle towards the edge of our solar system, a new project manager will shepherd the spacecraft into this unexplored territory.

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Mars dune gullies

October 29, 2010

Study Links Fresh Mars Gullies to Carbon Dioxide

Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter implicate that carbon-dioxide frost, rather than water, is causing fresh flows of sand on some of the planet's dune gullies.

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Twelve radar images of the nucleus of comet Hartley 2

October 28, 2010

Space Radar Provides a Taste of Comet Hartley 2

A massive space-radar dish in Puerto Rico is providing an appetizing glimpse at a cometary target for a Nov. 4 encounter by NASA's EPOXI mission.

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A new survey, funded by NASA and the University of California, reveals that small planets are more common than large ones.

October 28, 2010

NASA Survey Suggests Earth-Sized Planets are Common

Nearly one in four stars similar to the sun may host planets as small as Earth, according to a new study funded by NASA and the University of California.

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The scientists studied the chemical reaction between two compounds that play important roles in the formation of ozone, a harmful air pollutant at ground level.

October 28, 2010

NASA Work Helps Better Predict World's Smoggiest Days

A research team led by JPL and Caltech has fully characterized a key chemical reaction that affects the formation of a harmful air pollutant in the world's urban areas.

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Soil Disturbed by Spirit Before Fourth Martian Winter

October 28, 2010

NASA Trapped Mars Rover Finds Evidence of Subsurface Water

The ground where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became stuck last year holds evidence that water, perhaps as snow melt, trickled into the subsurface fairly recently.

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Members of Rock N' Roll Robots (from left to right), mentor Julie Townsend of JPL, students Taylor Halsey, Salia Wilson, Katy Wooten

October 27, 2010

JPL-Mentored Student Robotics Team Meets The President

An all-female student robotics team, led by JPL scientists and engineers, is recognized by President Obama for winning the prestigious FIRST Tech Challenge Inspire award.

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Epoxi team members in mission control

October 27, 2010

NASA Spacecraft Preps for Comet Flyby

NASA's EPOXI mission has successfully performed one of its final maneuvers as it prepares for a comet flyby on Nov. 4.

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Juno and Jupiter artist's depiction

October 27, 2010

NASA Goddard Delivers Magnetometers for Juno Mission

Instruments will map Jupiter's magnetic field with great accuracy and observe its variations over time.

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infrared photo of the Small Magellanic Cloud taken by Spitzer

October 27, 2010

Space Buckyballs Thrive, Finds NASA Spitzer Telescope

Astronomers have discovered bucket loads of buckyballs in space.

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Artist's concept of Kepler

October 26, 2010

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Takes Pulse of Distant Stars

The Kepler spacecraft is measuring "starquakes" to learn more about the evolution of stars.

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Artist's concept of the Deep Impact spacecraft

October 26, 2010

Countdown to Comet Flyby Down to Nine Days

NASA's EPOXI mission continues to close in on its target, comet Hartley 2, at a rate of 12.5 kilometers (7.8 miles) per second.

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Artist's concept of Deep Impact's encounter with comet Temple 1

October 25, 2010

Five Things About NASA's EPOXI Mission

Here are five quick facts about the EPOXI mission, scheduled to fly by comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4, 2010.

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Artist's concept of EPOXI headed toward comet Hartley 2

October 21, 2010

New Cometary Phenomenon Greets Approaching Spacecraft

Scientists expected the unexpected during NASA's EPOXI mission flyby of comet Hartley 2. They just didn't expect the unexpected quite so unexpectedly.

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Surface temperature map of the moon

October 21, 2010

Lunar Impact May Impact Lunar Science For Years To Come

The JPL-built Diviner instrument had a front-row seat to the lunar impact of NASA's LCROSS spacecraft

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The Curiosity Cam live video feed allows the public to watch technicians assemble and test NASA's next Mars rover in a clean room at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

October 21, 2010

Watch Construction of NASA's New Mars Rover Live on the Web

A newly installed webcam is giving the public an opportunity to watch technicians assemble and test the next NASA Mars rover.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this raw image of Saturn's moon Titan on Oct. 18, 2010.

October 20, 2010

Spring Has Sprung ... On Titan

Cassini has captured images of clouds in the equatorial region of Saturn's moon Titan, likely heralding the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere.

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A laboratory test version of the airborne prototype for the Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager camera.

October 19, 2010

Prototype NASA Earth Camera Goes for Test Flight

JPL has conducted the first test flight of a prototype instrument being developed for a future space mission to survey how clouds and aerosols affect Earth's changing climate.

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These three views of Saturn's moon Rhea were made from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

October 19, 2010

The (Long) Weekend Warrior: Nine Moons, 62 Hours

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has successfully glided near nine Saturnian moons, sending back a stream of raw images as mementos of its adrenaline-fueled expedition.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet

October 19, 2010

Astronomers Find Weird, Warm Spot on an Exoplanet

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant planet with a warm spot in the wrong place.

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comet Hartley 2

October 19, 2010

The Comet Cometh: Hartley 2 Visible in Night Sky

A comet that makes its closest approach to Earth this Wednesday, Oct. 20, will be scrutinized even more closely by a NASA spacecraft in a little over two weeks.

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Mars Odyssey Project Manager Gaylon McSmith, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

October 14, 2010

Long-Lived Mars Odyssey Gets New Project Manager

The new project manager for the longest-working spacecraft currently active at Mars, NASA's Mars Odyssey, has a long track record himself.

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Radar interferogram showing ground deformation from Haiti quake

October 14, 2010

NASA Study of Haiti Quake Yields Surprising Results

A new NASA, U.S. Geological Survey and university study finds this year's Haiti quake was caused by multiple faults and may not have released all the strain in the region.

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Sculptor Galaxy Seen as Infrared Rainbow

October 13, 2010

The Many Infrared 'Personalities' of the Sculptor Galaxy

The Sculptor galaxy is seen in a rainbow of infrared colors by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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NASA's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2

October 13, 2010

Camera That Saved Hubble Leaves Nest for Good

The historic space telescope camera leaves JPL, where it was developed and built, after a visit. The camera was the Hubble Space Telescope's most prolific instrument.

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While searching the skies for black holes using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers discovered a giant supernova that was smothered in its own dust.

October 12, 2010

Giant Star Goes Supernova, Smothered by its Own Dust

A giant star in a faraway galaxy recently ended its life with a dust-shrouded whimper instead of the more typical bang.

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A newly-discovered car-sized asteroid will fly past Earth early Tuesday.

October 11, 2010

Small Asteroid to Pass Within Earth-Moon System Tuesday

A small asteroid will fly past Earth early Tuesday within the Earth-moon system.

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The Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.,

October 8, 2010

Mobile Mars Lab Almost Ready for Curiosity Rover

A suite of instruments to analyze samples of Martian rocks and soil for chemistry relevant to life is being readied in Maryland for NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity.

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Hubble Space Telescope snapped these images of the asteroid Vesta in preparation for the Dawn spacecraft's visit in 2011.

October 8, 2010

NASA Mission to Asteroid Gets Help from Hubble

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of the large asteroid Vesta that will help refine plans for the Dawn spacecraft's rendezvous with Vesta in July 2011.

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Tinted Rhea

October 7, 2010

Cassini Catches Saturn Moons in Paintball Fight

Scientists using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have learned that distinctive, colorful bands and splotches embellish the surfaces of Saturn's inner, mid-size moons.

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Hurricane Karl gave the GRIP team one of the best opportunities to study a tropical storm.

October 6, 2010

NASA Loosens GRIP on Atlantic Hurricane Season

NASA wrapped up one of its largest-ever hurricane research efforts last week after nearly two months of flights that broke new ground in the study of tropical cyclones.

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Enceladus May Keep its Oceans Liquid by Wobbling

October 6, 2010

Enceladus May Keep its Oceans Liquid by Wobbling

Cassini helps decode the puzzling heat patterns of the Saturnian moon Enceladus.

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Kruger National Park in northeastern South Africa

October 6, 2010

NASA Partnership Sends Earth Science Data to Africa

A unique partnership between NASA and agencies in Africa and Europe has sent a massive amount of free NASA Earth science satellite data to South African researchers.

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WISE snapped this photo of comet Hartley 2

October 5, 2010

WISE Captures Key Images of Comet Mission's Destination

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, caught a glimpse of the comet that the agency's EPOXI mission will visit in November.

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Artist's concept of MAVEN Mars orbiter

October 5, 2010

Thumbs Up Given for 2013 NASA Mars Orbiter

NASA's mission to investigate the mystery of how Mars lost much of its atmosphere has won approval for development, and will move toward a 2013 launch.

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Logo of NASA's EPOXI mission, which is just one month away from its encounter with comet Hartley 2.

October 4, 2010

NASA Mission 'E-Minus' One Month to Comet Flyby

Humanity's fifth close up of a comet nucleus is one month away -- and counting down.

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The Hottest Photos from WISE

October 4, 2010

NASA's WISE Mission Warms Up but Keeps Chugging Along

After completing its primary mission to map the infrared sky, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has reached the expected end of its onboard supply of frozen coolant.

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Europa, a moon of Jupiter, appears as a thick crescent in this enhanced-color image from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, which was orbited Jupiter from 1995 to 2003.

October 4, 2010

Europa's Hidden Ice Chemistry

Jupiter's moon is likely the scene of some unexpectedly fast chemistry between water and sulfur dioxide at extremely cold temperatures.

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ASTER image of flooding in Pakistan

October 4, 2010

NASA Study Sees Earth's Water Cycle Pulse Quickening

The circulation of water drives our planet's pulse. A new NASA/university study of river water flowing into oceans offers an early warning that the pulse may be speeding up.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

September 29, 2010

Atmosphere Checked, One Mars Year Before a Landing

In preparation for NASA's next rover landing on the Red Planet, one Mars year away, an instrument studying the Martian atmosphere from orbit has begun a campaign.

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Artist's concept of EPOXI headed toward comet Hartley 2

September 29, 2010

NASA's EPOXI Mission Sets Up for Comet Flyby

NASA's EPOXI mission successfully performed a trajectory correction maneuver today. The maneuver refined the spacecraft's orbit for a flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 4.

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Global Ice Viewer

September 28, 2010

Sentinels of Climate Change

NASA's new Global Ice Viewer provides an interactive window into how climate change is affecting glaciers, sea ice and continental ice sheets.

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Artist concept of Cassini spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL

September 27, 2010

Hello, Saturn Summer Solstice: Cassini's New Chapter

NASA's Cassini spacecraft begins its Solstice Mission today.

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This false-color composite image, constructed from data obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

September 23, 2010

New Views of Saturn's Aurora, Captured by Cassini

A new movie and images showing Saturn's shimmering aurora are helping scientists understand what drives some of the solar system's most impressive light shows.

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Artist's concept of Cassini's Sept. 24, 2010, flyby of Saturn's moon Titan

September 23, 2010

Cassini Gazes at Veiled Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will swing high over Saturn's moon Titan to take a long, sustained look.

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This series of images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a dark mass of gas and dust, called a core, where new stars and planets will likely spring up.

September 23, 2010

Shining Starlight on the Dark Cocoons of Star Birth

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope data reveal a newly found phenomenon that offers insight into cores of star-forming regions.

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Viewing Spark Generated by ChemCam Laser for Mars Rover

September 21, 2010

Laser Tool for Studying Mars Rocks Delivered to JPL

A tool newly delivered from Los Alamos National Laboratory for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will zap Martian rocks with a laser to learn the rocks' makeup.

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Opportunity Heading for Possible Meteorite

September 21, 2010

Mars Rover Opportunity Approaching Possible Meteorite

A dark rock about the size of a toaster oven is visible in images NASA's Mars rover Opportunity took on Sept. 16. It may be a meteorite. The rover is going for a closer look.

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False-color image of cloud cover dissolving over Titan's north pole and clouds appearing in the southern mid latitudes.

September 21, 2010

Spring on Titan brings sunshine and patchy clouds

Scientists working with NASA's Cassini spacecraft are creating the first long-term study of Titan's weather.

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Artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

September 20, 2010

Orbiter Resumes Science Observations

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter resumed observing Mars with its science instruments on Sept. 18, recovering from an unplanned reboot of its computer three days earlier.

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Dust-covered snow in the San Juan Mountains.

September 20, 2010

NASA Study Shows Desert Dust Cuts Colorado River Flow

Snowmelt in the Colorado River basin is occurring earlier, reducing runoff and the amount of crucial water available downstream.

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Artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

September 17, 2010

Team Restoring Mars Orbiter After Reboot

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter put itself into a precautionary standby mode after experiencing a spontaneous computer reboot on Sept. 15.

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Hurricanes Igor, Julia and Karl as imaged by AIRS

September 17, 2010

Hurricane Igor, Unchained, in NASA Satellite Images

Powerful Hurricane Igor bears down on Bermuda, flanked by its baying hounds, hurricanes Julia (top right) and Karl (bottom right) in this monstrous mashup of NASA satellite images.

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Map showing global compositional variations measured by the Diviner lunar radiometer aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

September 16, 2010

NASA's LRO Exposes Moon's Complex, Turbulent Youth

The moon's surface is more complex than previously thought and was bombarded by two distinct populations of asteroids or comets in its youth, according to three new papers in the Sept. 17 issue of Science that describe data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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An artist's concept illustrates what the Mars rover Curiosity will look like on Mars.

September 16, 2010

Five Things About NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover

Mars Science Laboratory, aka Curiosity, is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term program of robotic exploration of the Red Planet.

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Test operators in a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., monitor some of the first motions by the robotic arm.

September 16, 2010

Strong Robotic Arm Extends From Next Mars Rover

Tests underway in a JPL clean room will refine the precision of movements by a robotic arm that can reach more than 7 feet in front of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

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La Nina continues to strengthen in the Pacific Ocean

September 15, 2010

A Growing La Nina Chills Out the Pacific

The latest satellite data from NASA's Jason-2 oceanography satellite show La Nina continuing to strengthen in the Pacific.

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MISR data were used to measure the concentration of aerosol pollutants over the Indian subcontinent and how it varies by season.

September 15, 2010

NASA Data Track Seasonal Pollution Changes Over India

Scientists using data from an instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft have analyzed aerosol pollution over India and found some surprising trends.

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Global present-day trends in the transport of water mass around Earth

September 14, 2010

NASA Uses New Method to Estimate Earth Mass Movements

New NASA research mixes satellite and surface measurements with an ocean model to estimate how water is moving around Earth and measure changes caused by the last major Ice Age.

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The rover, like its smaller predecessors already on Mars, uses a rocker bogie suspension system to drive over uneven ground.

September 13, 2010

NASA's Next Mars Rover Rolls Over Ramps

The rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, Curiosity, exercised its mobility system by driving over raised ramps in recent testing at JPL.

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Intraseasonal to interannual climate predictions

September 9, 2010

New Report Seeks to Improve Climate Forecasts

A new National Academy of Sciences report co-authored by a JPL scientist recommends ways to improve the accuracy of climate forecasts that span from weeks to a few years.

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Instruments on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander included the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer, right, which analyzed the atmosphere, as well as soil samples.

September 9, 2010

NASA Data Shed New Light About Water and Volcanoes on Mars

Data from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suggest liquid water has interacted with the Martian surface throughout the planet's history and into modern times.

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A fleeting bright dot on each of these images of Jupiter marks a small comet or asteroid burning up in the atmosphere.

September 9, 2010

Caught in the Act: Fireballs Light up Jupiter

Amateur astronomers are first to detect small objects impacting Jupiter

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View from Halfway Through Multi-Year Trek

September 8, 2010

Opportunity Rover Reaches Halfway Point of Long Trek

During a long drive on Labor Day, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity reached the estimated halfway point of its journey from Victoria Crater to Endeavour Crater.

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This NASA EPOXI/DIXI Mission image, 60 days from Encounter with comet 103P/Hartley 2

September 8, 2010

Tally-Ho! Deep Impact Spacecraft Eyes Comet Target

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has beamed down the first of over 64,000 images it will be taking of Comet Hartley 2.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this image of Saturn's moon Dione on Sept. 3, 2010.

September 7, 2010

Cassini Captures a Divine Dione

Cruising past Saturn's moon Dione this past weekend, NASA's Cassini spacecraft got its best look yet at the north polar region of this small, icy moon and returned stark raw images of the fractured, cratered surface.

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Two small asteroids in unrelated orbits will pass within the moon's distance of Earth on Wed. Both should be observable with moderate-sized amateur telescopes.

September 7, 2010

Two Asteroids to Pass by Earth Wednesday

Two asteroids, several meters in diameter and in unrelated orbits, will pass within the moon's distance of Earth on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

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Engineers flex Curiosity's robotic arm

September 3, 2010

Next Mars Rover Stretches Robotic Arm

Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory rover that will be on Mars two years from now, has been flexing the robotic arm that spacecraft workers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory attached to the rover body in August 2010.

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NASA engineers test mobility and endurance of the ATHLETE rover on Mission Day 2 at NASA's Desert RATS

September 3, 2010

ATHLETE Rover Steps Up to Long Desert Trek

The ATHLETE rover is poised to go 40 kilometers in the Arizona desert as part of the 2010 Desert RATS test.

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Artist concept of NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander

September 3, 2010

Missing Piece Inspires New Look at Mars Puzzle

Experiments prompted by a 2008 surprise from NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander suggest that soil examined by NASA's Viking Mars landers in 1976 may have contained carbon-based chemical building blocks of life.

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Hurricane Earl's eye, as measured by NASA's HAMSR intrument

September 2, 2010

NASA Hurricane Researchers Eye Earl's Eye

Two advanced weather instruments from JPL are busy flying above Hurricane Earl, as NASA's field campaign to study how hurricanes form and intensify continues.

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The Solar Probe Plus spacecraft with solar panels folded into the shadows of its protective shield, gathers data on its approach to the Sun.

September 2, 2010

NASA Selects Investigations for First Sun Encounter Mission

NASA has begun development of a mission to visit and study the sun closer than ever before.

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a close-up view of Eros, an asteroid with an orbit that takes it somewhat close to Earth

September 2, 2010

Spitzer Finds a Flavorful Mix of Asteroids

New research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals that asteroids somewhat near Earth, termed near-Earth objects, are a mixed bunch, with a surprisingly wide array of compositions.

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AIRS image of Hurricane Earl

September 1, 2010

NASA Images Dissect Hurricane Earl

As the U.S. East Coast prepares to duke it out with large and powerful Hurricane Earl, NASA satellites and instruments are busy gathering valuable information on the storm.

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This Herschel image shows IRC+10216, also known as CW Leonis -- a star rich in carbon where astronomers were surprised to find water.

September 1, 2010

Herschel Finds Water in a Cosmic Desert

How did water end up around an old, dying star? The Herschel space observatory has new clues.

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Martian Atmosphere Profiles

August 26, 2010

Tracing the Big Picture of Mars' Atmosphere

One of the instruments on a 2016 mission to orbit Mars will provide daily profiles of the changing structure of the planet's atmosphere.

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This artist’s concept illustrates the two Saturn-sized planets discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission.

August 26, 2010

NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Two Planets Transiting Same Star

NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered the first confirmed planetary system with more than one planet crossing in front of, or transiting, the same star.

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Rosette nebula

August 25, 2010

WISE Captures the Unicorn's Rose

Unicorns and roses are usually the stuff of fairy tales, but a new cosmic image taken by NASA's WISE mission shows the Rosette nebula in the constellation Monoceros, or the Unicorn.

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Deviations from normal sea surface temperatures (left) and sea surface heights (right)

August 25, 2010

NASA/NOAA Study Finds El Niños are Growing Stronger

A new type of El Niño is becoming more common and progressively stronger, according to a new NASA/NOAA study that has potential implications for long-term weather forecasting.

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Artist concept of an Astronaut sitting in a chair

August 23, 2010

Vote for NASA Panels at South By Southwest

NASA has cool tools to share with armchair astronauts at the 2011 South By Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas. Here's how you can help make that happen.

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This artist's concept illustrates an imminent planetary collision around a pair of double stars.

August 23, 2010

Pulverized Planet Dust May Lie Around Double Stars

Tight double-star systems might not be the best places for life to spring up, according to a new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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ASTER image from Aug. 18, 2010, shows the extent of flooding in and around the city of Sukkur in Pakistan's Sindh Province

August 20, 2010

NASA Images Show Anatomy of Pakistan Flood Disaster

A series of new NASA satellite images provides useful perspectives on the origins, extent and effects of the massive flooding devastating large parts of Pakistan.

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This is the first photograph ever taken on the surface of the planet Mars.

August 20, 2010

History-Making Mars Mission Launched 35 Years Ago

NASA's Viking 1 mission, launched on Aug. 20, 1975, put a spacecraft into orbit around Mars and delivered the first successful lander to the Martian surface.

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This is the Hubble Space Telescope image of the inner region of Abell 1689.

August 19, 2010

Cosmic Lens Used to Probe Dark Energy for First Time

Astronomers have devised a new method for measuring perhaps the greatest puzzle of our universe -- dark energy.

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local and distant galaxies

August 18, 2010

Galaxies' Glory Days Revealed

Astronomers have experienced the galactic equivalent of discovering pictures of a mild-mannered grandmother partying as a wild youth.

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This image of Penelope crater on Saturn's moon Tethys was obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on August 14, 2010.

August 16, 2010

Move Over Caravaggio: Cassini's Light and Dark Moons

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has returned Saturnian moon images from its flyby late last week, revealing light and dark contrasts worthy of chiaroscuro painters like Caravaggio.

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This image was   taken on Aug. 13, 2010, by the Cassini spacecraft and received on Earth Aug. 14,   2010.

August 14, 2010

Cassini Bags Enceladus 'Tigers'

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has successfully completed its flyby over the "tiger stripes" in the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus and returned intriguing images.

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Peterman Glacier in Greenland

August 12, 2010

NASA Releases New Image of Massive Greenland Iceberg

A new NASA satellite image shows the continued movement of a massive iceberg that broke off Greenland's Petermann Glacier on Aug. 5.

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August 12, 2010

Cassini Hunting Enceladus 'Tigers' with Night Vision

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be hunting for heat signatures at the "tiger stripes" in the dim south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus on Friday, Aug. 13.

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Radar images showing mountainous terrain on Titan

August 12, 2010

Raisin' Mountains on Saturn's Moon Titan

Saturn's moon Titan ripples with mountains, and scientists have been trying to figure out how they form.

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The animation focuses on the Russian fires, while the bottom animation highlights the global transport of the pollution across the northern hemisphere.

August 11, 2010

NASA Video Shows Global Reach of Pollution from Fires

Wildfires in Russia, eastern Siberia and Canada are spreading hazardous air pollution far beyond their borders, as seen in a pair of new NASA satellite animations.

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Rings and arcs of ultraviolet light around a selection of galaxies imaged by Hubble

August 11, 2010

Giant Ultraviolet Rings Found in Resurrected Galaxies

Astronomers have found mysterious, giant loops of ultraviolet light in aged, massive galaxies, which seem to have a second lease on life.

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Artist's concept of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

August 10, 2010

WISE Spacecraft Warming Up

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is warming up. Team members say the spacecraft is running out of the frozen coolant needed to keep its heat-sensitive instrument chilled.

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Clouds play an important role in Earth's climate.

August 9, 2010

Send in the Clouds

Clouds, our fluffy friends in the sky, are essential to life on Earth. They're also not unique to our planet. Scientists ponder the role of clouds in our universe.

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Side-by-side comparison of carbon monoxide pollution

August 7, 2010

NASA Instrument Tracks Pollution from Russian Fires

Drought and the worst heat wave Russia has seen in 130 years have sparked a devastating outbreak of wildfires across the nation this summer, primarily in the country's western and central regions.

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A Geminid meteor

August 6, 2010

How to See the Best Meteor Showers of the Year: Tools, Tips and 'Save the Dates'

Insider tips on 2010 and 2011's meteor showers and how to make the most of each opportunity to watch a visitor from space take that final dive.

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UAVSAR interferogram of Southern California near the Mexican border, created by combining data from flights on April 13, 2010, and July 1, 2010.

August 5, 2010

NASA Images Show Continuing Mexico Quake Deformation

The latest NASA radar images of the Southern California region rattled by a 7.2 quake in Mexico's Baja California on April 4 show continued deformation in Earth's surface.

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A new image of two tangled galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories

August 5, 2010

NASA's Great Observatories Witness a Galactic Spectacle

A new image of two tangled galaxies has been released by NASA's Great Observatories.

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Exposed ice in a fresh crater on Mars

August 4, 2010

Hundreds of New Views from Telescope Orbiting Mars

The most powerful telescopic camera ever to orbit Mars reveals a fresh crater, an ice mound, climate-recording layers and many other views in 314 newly released observations.

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Phil Varghese at JPL

August 2, 2010

New Project Manager for Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has a new project manager: Phil Varghese, who has managed another veteran NASA Mars mission - the Mars Odyssey orbiter - since 2004.

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Artist's concept of planned 2016 Mars mission

August 2, 2010

NASA and ESA's First Joint Mission to Mars Selects Instruments

NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) have embarked on a joint program to explore Mars in the coming decades and selected the five science instruments for the first mission.

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Engineers test ATHLETE outside at JPL

July 30, 2010

NASA's ATHLETE Warms Up for High Desert Run

ATHLETE moon rover must prove it can go the distance before it heads to the Arizona desert for field testing.

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Spirit's view of the soil disturbed by its drives on Mars

July 30, 2010

NASA's Hibernating Mars Rover May Not Call Home

NASA mission controllers have not heard from the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit since March 22, and the rover is facing its toughest challenge yet - trying to survive the harsh Martian winter.

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Sand dunes on Saturn's moon Titan compared to Nambian sand dunes

July 29, 2010

Blowing in the Wind: Cassini Helps with Dune Whodunit

The answer to the mystery of dune patterns on Saturn's moon Titan did turn out to be blowing in the wind.

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Opportunity's first view of a dust devil on Mars

July 28, 2010

Martian Dust Devil Whirls Into Opportunity's View

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has photographed its first dust devil, a challenging feat in the area where Opportunity is working.

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Engineers have conducted a fuel tank check of one of NASA's GRAIL mission spacecraft.

July 28, 2010

GRAIL Spacecraft Takes Shape

Engineers have conducted a fuel tank check of one of NASA's GRAIL mission spacecraft, scheduled for launch in 2011.

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Jessica Liang

July 26, 2010

Senior Year Can Wait -- I'm Working at JPL!

Imagine you're at school, munching on a cheeseburger during lunch, just chatting with your friends about how awesome it is that NASA is sending a rover to Mars.

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Thermal infrared image of Tropical Storm Bonnie

July 23, 2010

Bonnie Takes Aim at an Oily Gulf

Tropical Storm Bonnie, now a depression, rakes South Florida in this July 23 NASA infrared image, en route to a weekend run-in with the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf oil spill.

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The Curiosity rover rolling for the first time

July 23, 2010

Mars Curiosity Takes First Baby Steps

Like proud parents, mission team members gathered in a gallery above a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to watch the Mars Curiosity rover roll for the first time.

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Attaching Curiosity's Mast

July 23, 2010

Curiosity Rover Grows by Leaps and Bounds

In one week, Curiosity grew by approximately 1 meter (3.5 feet) when spacecraft technicians and engineers attached the rover's neck and head (called the Remote Sensing Mast) to its body.

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Valles Marineris on Mars

July 23, 2010

NASA Spacecraft Camera Yields Most Accurate Mars Map

A camera aboard NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has helped develop the most accurate global Martian map ever.

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Space Balls

July 22, 2010

NASA Telescope Finds Elusive Buckyballs in Space for First Time

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered carbon molecules, known as "buckyballs," in space for the first time.

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A team recovers the hybrid robotic vehicle Nereus aboard the research vessel Cape Hatteras

July 20, 2010

NASA Goes Deep in Search of Extreme Environments

NASA-funded researchers searching for extreme environments for life have discovered the world's deepest hydrothermal vent, 5,000 meters below the surface of the Caribbean.

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Artist concept of Mars Odyssey.

July 20, 2010

Orbiter Puts Itself Into Standby Safe Mode

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter put itself into a safe standby mode, and the mission team has begun steps to resume the spacecraft's science and relay operations this week.

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Mosaic of images of fan-like structures on Saturn's F ring

July 20, 2010

Cassini Sees Moon Building Giant Snowballs in Saturn Ring

While orbiting Saturn for the last six years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has kept a close eye on the collisions and disturbances in the gas giant's rings.

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Mars Descent Imager for Curiosity

July 19, 2010

Video Camera Will Show Mars Rover's Touchdown

A downward-pointing camera on the front-left side of NASA's Curiosity rover will give adventure fans worldwide an unprecedented sense of riding a spacecraft to a landing on Mars.

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Seven Sisters Get WISE

July 16, 2010

NASA's WISE Mission to Complete Extensive Sky Survey

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, will complete its first survey of the entire sky on July 17, 2010.

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Artist's concept of Titan's Ontario Lacus

July 15, 2010

See Beautiful Ontario Lacus: Cassini's Guided Tour

This lake on Saturn's moon Titan turns out to be a perfect exotic vacation spot, provided you can handle subzero temperatures and enjoy soaking in liquid hydrocarbon.

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Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network communications site

July 14, 2010

Giant Antenna Propped Up, Ready for Joint Replacement

Workers at NASA's Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif., are making progress on a major renovation on the 70-meter-wide "Mars antenna."

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Artist's concept of a disk encircling a massive baby star

July 14, 2010

Meet the Titans: Dust Disk Found Around Massive Star

A new discovery has the potential to answer the long-standing question of how massive stars are born -- and hints at the possibility that planets could form around the galaxy's biggest bodies.

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Engineers just installed six new wheels on the Curiosity rover, and rotated all six wheels at once on July 9, 2010

July 13, 2010

Curiosity Spins Its Wheels

The wheels that will touch down on Mars in 2012 are several rotations closer to spinning on the rocky trails of Mars.

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Trunks of living trees can be seen two years after a powerful 2005 storm toppled many neighboring trees

July 13, 2010

Study Finds Amazon Storm Killed Half a Billion Trees

In 2005, scientists saw a spike in tree deaths in the Amazon, which was attributed to drought. Now a NASA-funded study finds a single, massive thunderstorm was also to blame.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft on a large rotation fixture

July 12, 2010

Juno Armored Up to Go to Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft, which is currently being assembled, recently received its protective shield.

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Screengrab of WorldWide Telescope software

July 12, 2010

NASA and Microsoft Provide Mars 3-D Close Encounter

NASA and Microsoft Research are bringing Mars to life with new features in the WorldWide Telescope software that provide viewers with a high-resolution 3-D map of the Red Planet.

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Asteroid Lutetia and Saturn

July 9, 2010

Heavy Metal Rock Takes Center Stage

The European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, with NASA instruments aboard, did a close flyby of asteroid Lutetia on Saturday, July 10.

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A propeller-shaped disturbance in Saturn's rings

July 8, 2010

Saturn Propellers Reflect Solar System Origins

Scientists using NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn have stalked a new class of moons in the rings of Saturn that create distinctive propeller-shaped gaps in ring material.

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July 8, 2010

Propeller-Shaped Structures in Saturn's Rings

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NASA To Fly Into Hurricane Research This Summer

July 7, 2010

NASA to Fly Into Hurricane Research this Summer

Three NASA aircraft will begin flights to study tropical cyclones on Aug. 15 during the agency's first major U.S.-based hurricane field campaign since 2001.

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The Invisible Dragon

July 7, 2010

Puff, the Magic Dragon?

A dragon-shaped cloud of dust seems to fly with the stars in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (bottom). In visible light (top), the creature disappears into the mist.

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This raw, unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Daphnis orbiting in a rift in Saturn's rings was taken on July 5, 2010

July 6, 2010

A Closer Look at Daphnis

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured the closest images of Saturn's moon Daphnis to date.

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This image of the microwave sky was synthesized using data spanning the range of light frequencies detected by Planck.

July 6, 2010

Planck Takes It All In

A new image from the Planck mission shows what it's been up to for the past year -- surveying the entire sky for clues to our universal origins.

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Artist's concept of Cassini's flyby of Saturn's moon Titan

July 6, 2010

Cassini to Dive Low through Titan Atmosphere

As American schoolchildren head out to pools for a summer splash, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be taking its own deep plunge through the Titan atmosphere this week.

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Mars rover Curiosity with newly installed wheels

July 1, 2010

Next Mars Rover Sports a Set of New Wheels

A new set of spiffy wheels is now affixed to NASA's Mars rover Curiosity. Engineers added the wheels and suspension system this week, during preparations for a planned launch in late 2011.

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Raman spectroscopy of a lunar sample collected by Apollo 17 reveals graphite whiskers, shown in yellow.

July 1, 2010

Man in the Moon has 'Graphite Whiskers'

In a new analysis of a lunar sample collected by Apollo 17, researchers have detected and dated carbon on the moon in the form of graphite.

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Infrared image of Tropical Storm Alex

June 29, 2010

Alex Stirs Up the Gulf

Tropical Storm Alex, soon to be a hurricane, churns its way through the western half of the Gulf of Mexico in this NASA infrared image taken Tuesday afternoon, June 29.

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Artist's concept of Dawn

June 29, 2010

Engineers Assess Dawn's Reaction Wheel

Engineers are studying the reaction wheels on NASA's Dawn spacecraft after automatic sensors detected excess friction building up in one of them.

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Super-Resolution View of Endeavour Rim, Sol 2239

June 29, 2010

NASA Mars Rover Seeing Destination in More Detail

A super-resolution view toward Endeavour Crater from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows discernible features in the rim of that long-term destination.

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Artist's concept of EPOXI headed toward comet Hartley 2

June 28, 2010

'Hitchhiker' EPOXI: Next Stop, Comet Hartley 2

NASA's EPOXI spacecraft "hitched a ride" on Earth's gravity field and is now heading toward its appointment with comet Hartley 2 this fall.

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Weather and climate are easily confused but they're not the same ... they operate on different timescales.

June 28, 2010

Clearing the Air on Weather Versus Climate

Weather and climate are easily confused, but they’re not the same. JPL atmospheric scientist Eric Fetzer explains the difference and gives his thoughts on climate change.

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Artist's concept of Voyager 2

June 28, 2010

Voyager 2 at 12,000 Days: The Super-Marathon Continues

NASA's plucky Voyager 2 spacecraft has hit a long-haul operations milestone today -- operating continuously for 12,000 days.

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Decades of work preparing a miniaturized laboratory for identifying minerals on Mars

June 28, 2010

NASA Instrument Will Identify Clues to Martian Past

NASA's Curiosity rover, coming together for a late 2011 launch to Mars, has a newly installed component: a key onboard X-ray instrument for helping the mission achieve its goals.

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NASA Satellite Adds Carbon Dioxide to its Repertoire

June 28, 2010

NASA Satellite Adds Carbon Dioxide to its Repertoire

A NASA-led team has expanded the growing global armada of remote sensing satellites capable of studying carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas driving changes in our climate.

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Artist's concept of the Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft

June 25, 2010

Earth to Lend Helping Hand to Comet Craft

NASA's Deep Impact/EPOXI spacecraft will fly past Earth this Sunday, June 27.

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Artist's concept of the brown dwarfs WISE is expected to find

June 24, 2010

The Coolest Stars Come Out of the Dark

Astronomers have uncovered what appear to be 14 of the coldest stars known in our universe.

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Lyot Crater on Mars

June 24, 2010

New Clues Suggest Wet Era on Early Mars Was Global

Minerals in northern Mars craters seen by two orbiters suggest that a phase in Mars' early history with conditions favorable to life occurred globally, not just in the south.

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June 23, 2010

NASA Radar Images Show How Mexico Quake Deformed Earth

NASA has released the first-ever airborne radar images of the deformation in Earth's surface caused by a major earthquake.

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JPLers with the nulling interferometer testbed at JPL

June 23, 2010

Earth-like Planets May Be Ready for Their Close-Up

Many scientists speculate that our galaxy could be full of places like Pandora from the movie "Avatar" -- Earth-like worlds in solar systems besides our own.

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This is an artist’s concept of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory.

June 22, 2010

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for OCO-2 Mission

NASA has selected Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va., to launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission.

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latest data from the NASA/European Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 satellite

June 22, 2010

Adios El Niño, Hello La Niña?

The moderate El Niño of the past year has officially bowed out, leaving his cool sister, La Niña, poised to potentially take the equatorial stage.

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Artist's concept of Cassini's flyby of Saturn's moon Titan.

June 21, 2010

Super Swooper at Saturn's Moon

Cassini has successfully completed its lowest pass through Titan's atmosphere.

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Cassini Getting the Lowdown on Titan This Weekend

June 17, 2010

Cassini Getting the Lowdown on Titan This Weekend

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take its lowest dip through the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan in the early morning of June 21 UTC, or June 20 Pacific Time.

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A sphere of stellar innards, blown out from a humongous star

June 17, 2010

Jumbo Jellyfish or Massive Star?

Some might see a blood-red jellyfish, while others might see a pair of lips. In fact, the red-colored object in this new image from WISE is a sphere of stellar innards.

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A star-studded tail on a galaxy called IC 3418

June 17, 2010

Astronomers Discover Star-Studded Galaxy Tail

NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer has discovered a galaxy tail studded with bright knots of new stars.

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Martian pit feature found by seventh graders

June 17, 2010

Seventh Graders Find a Cave on Mars

California middle school students using the camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter have found lava tubes with one pit that appears to be a skylight to a cave.

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Artist's concept of Kepler

June 15, 2010

NASA Releases Kepler Data on Potential Extrasolar Planets

NASA's Kepler Mission has released 43 days of science data on more than 156,000 stars.

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Artist's concept of a family road trip through the universe

June 14, 2010

NASAJPL Facebook Fans Design Fantasy Space Vacation

Enjoy some creative fantasy space vacation ideas from our friends on the NASAJPL Facebook page.

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Graphs showing Tsunami prediction system

June 14, 2010

NASA Demonstrates Tsunami Prediction System

A NASA-led research team has successfully demonstrated for the first time elements of a prototype tsunami prediction system that quickly and accurately assesses large earthquakes and estimates the size of resulting tsunamis.

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Test at NASA Dryden of radar system for next Mars landing

June 11, 2010

NASA Dryden Hosts Radar Tests for Next Mars Landing

Engineers have finished a key step in testing the radar system for NASA's next mission to Mars, using helicopter flights at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.

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NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., hosts the national kickoff of NASA's Summer of Innovation

June 10, 2010

NASA Kicks Off New Summer of Innovation Initiative

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden kicked off the agency's new Summer of Innovation initiative today while at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calf.

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Artist's concept of Grace

June 10, 2010

NASA and DLR Sign Agreement to Continue Grace Mission Through 2015

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver and German Aerospace Center Executive Board Chairman Johann-Dietrich Wörner signed an agreement to extend the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission.

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Northern hemisphere gullies on west-facing crater slope, Mars

June 9, 2010

Detailed Martian Scenes in New Images from Mars Orbiter

Six hundred recent observations of the Mars landscape from an orbiting telescopic camera include scenes of sinuous gullies, geometrical ridges and steep cliffs.

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Artist's concept of the Hayabusa spacecraft (left) and sample return capsule (right)

June 8, 2010

NASA Helps in Upcoming Asteroid Mission Homecoming

A Japanese spacecraft will return a capsule to Earth on June 13 in a uninhabited area of South Australia. NASA scientists and engineers have played a contributing role in the mission.

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Artist's concept of Dawn

June 7, 2010

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Fires Past Record for Speed Change

NASA's ion-propelled Dawn spacecraft has eclipsed the record for velocity change produced by a spacecraft's engines.

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Artist's concept of Cassini's June 4, 2010, flyby of Saturn's moon Titan

June 3, 2010

Next Stop, Titan: Looking at the Land o' Lakes

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be eyeing the north polar region of Saturn's moon Titan this weekend, scanning the moon's land o' lakes.

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Artist concept showing a lake on Saturn's moon Titan

June 3, 2010

What is Consuming Hydrogen and Acetylene on Titan?

Two new papers based on data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft scrutinize the complex chemical activity on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan.

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Lengthy detective work with data NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit collected in late 2005 has confirmed that an outcrop called 'Comanche'

June 3, 2010

NASA Rover Finds Clue to Mars' Past and Environment for Life

Rocks examined by NASA's Spirit Mars Rover hold evidence of a wet, non-acidic ancient environment that may have been favorable for life.

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Summer of Innovation banner

June 3, 2010

NASA Kicks Off Student Summer of Innovation Program June 10

NASA officially kicks off its Summer of Innovation initiative at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday, June 10.

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Oil moving into Louisiana's coastal wetlands

June 2, 2010

NASA Images Show Oil's Invasion Along Louisiana Coast

By combining data from multiple cameras of JPL's MISR instrument on NASA's Terra satellite, scientists gain new perspectives on the spread of oil into Louisiana's fragile wetlands.

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artist's concept shows a galaxy with a supermassive black hole

June 1, 2010

Backwards Black Holes Might Make Bigger Jets

Going against the grain may turn out to be a powerful move for black holes.

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Artist's concept of Epoxi spacecraft

May 28, 2010

NASA Spacecraft Burns for Home, Then Comet

NASA's Deep Impact/Epoxi spacecraft successfully performed a maneuver to refine its orbit prior to an upcoming Earth flyby June 27.

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AVIRIS airborne measurement

May 27, 2010

NASA Sensor Completes Initial Gulf Oil Spill Flights

JPL's Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer instrument has completed its initial assessment of the Gulf oil spill.

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JPL's Carbon in Arctic Reservoirs Vulnerability Experiment

May 27, 2010

NASA Takes to the Air With New 'Earth Venture' Research Projects

Hurricanes, air quality and Arctic ecosystems are among the research areas to be investigated during the next five years by new NASA airborne science missions announced today.

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Graphic depicting the trajectory of near-Earth object 2010 KQ

May 27, 2010

Small Near-Earth Object Probably a Rocket Part

Scientists have determined that a small object that safely passed Earth on May 21 is more than likely an upper-stage of a rocket.

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A new image from NASA's Terra spacecraft

May 26, 2010

NASA Satellite Spots Oil at Mississippi Delta Mouth

A new image from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill lapping at the mouth of the Mississippi River delta.

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Northern Ice Cap of Mars

May 26, 2010

NASA Orbiter Penetrates Mysteries of Martian Ice Cap

Data from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have helped scientists solve a pair of decades-old mysteries and provided new information about climate change on Mars.

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An artist's conception of our Milky Way galaxy

May 26, 2010

Astronomers Discover New Star-Forming Regions in Milky Way

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and radio telescopes are probing the structure of our Milky Way galaxy.

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Graph showing the speed and direction of surface currents in the Gulf

May 25, 2010

NASA Satellites Keep Watch on Gulf Current Near Spill

Scientists are using NASA satellite data to keep a close eye on a powerful current in the Gulf of Mexico that could carry the Gulf oil spill into the Atlantic.

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The Phoenix Mars Lander in 2008 (top) and 2010 (bottom)

May 24, 2010

Phoenix Mars Lander is Silent, New Image Shows Damage

NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander has ended operations after repeated, unsuccessful attempts to contact the lander, and a new orbiter image shows signs of ice damage to Phoenix.

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Heart and Soul nebulae

May 24, 2010

WISE Telescope has Heart and Soul

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured a huge mosaic of two bubbling clouds in space, known as the Heart and Soul nebulae.

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Artist's concept of Voyager 2

May 24, 2010

Engineers Diagnosing Voyager 2 Data System -- Update

Engineers successfully reset a computer onboard Voyager 2 that caused an unexpected data pattern shift, and the spacecraft resumed sending properly formatted science data back to Earth on Sunday, May 23

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NEOWISE principal investigator Amy Mainzer describes the ongoing tally of space rocks and comets amassed

May 24, 2010

WISE Makes Progress on Its Space Rock Catalog

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, is busy surveying the landscape of the infrared sky, building up a catalog of cosmic specimens -- everything from distant galaxies to "failed" stars, called brown dwarfs.

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Artist's concept of Curiosity

May 20, 2010

Geometry Drives Selection Date for 2011 Mars Launch

For optimal communications during arrival at Mars, NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, will launch after Thanksgiving 2011 and land on Mars in August 2012.

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A surprisingly large collection of galaxies (red dots in center) stands out at a remarkably large distance in this composite image combining infrared and visible-light observations.

May 20, 2010

Two Peas in an Irregular Pod

Our sun may be an only child, but most of the stars in the galaxy are actually twins.

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False-color image of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

May 20, 2010

NASA's MISR Provides Unique Views of Gulf Oil Slick

New Gulf oil spill images from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft paint dramatic portraits of different aspects of the growing spill.

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Map of Argo free-floating profiling floats

May 19, 2010

New Study Finds Ocean Warmed Significantly Since 1993

A new study co-authored by JPL’s Josh Willis finds the upper layer of Earth’s ocean has warmed significantly over the past 16 years, indicating a strong climate change signal.

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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera for this northward view of tracks the rover left on a drive from one energy-favorable position on the northern end of a sand ripple to another.

May 19, 2010

NASA's Mars Rovers Set Surface Longevity Record

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project will pass a historic Martian longevity record on Thursday, May 20.

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This raw, unprocessed image of Titan behind Saturn's rings was taken on May 18, 2010, by the Cassini spacecraft.

May 19, 2010

Cassini Heading to Titan after Tagging Enceladus

Scientists rate Cassini's 10th flyby of Enceladus... a 10.

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Saturn's moon Enceladus (left) and Titan (right)

May 17, 2010

Cassini Double Play: Enceladus and Titan

About a month and a half after its last double flyby, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be turning another double play this week, visiting Enceladus and Titan.

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Artist concept of NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter

May 13, 2010

Final Attempts to Hear from Mars Phoenix Scheduled

From May 17 to 21, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will conduct a fourth and final campaign to check on whether the Phoenix Mars Lander has come back to life.

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JPL Open House

May 13, 2010

Virtual Open House: Next Best Thing to Being Here

Can't make it to this year's annual Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory? Join our virtual event live on Ustream.tv on Saturday, May 15.

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Tadpole nebula

May 13, 2010

Asteroid Caught Marching Across Tadpole Nebula

A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, showcases the Tadpole nebula, and asteroids that just happened to be cruising by.

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montage of planets

May 12, 2010

NASA to Fund Innovative Museum Exhibits and Planetarium Shows

Innovative planetarium shows and traveling museum exhibits are among nine projects NASA has selected to receive agency funding this year.

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Artist renditon of Mars and an image from Opportunity

May 12, 2010

Mars Image Takes Earth Photo Event to a New World

When some Mars explorers learned of plans for a worldwide photography event combining shots taken from thousands of different locations on May 2, 2010, they figured, "Why just one world?"

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The Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2

May 11, 2010

Hubble Camera Arrives in Time for JPL Open House

The historic Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, built by JPL for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, has arrived at JPL in advance of this weekend's annual Open House.

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NASA's ER-2 research aircraft, with JPL's advanced AVIRIS instrument aboard, flew from California to Texas on May 6, 2010, for a series of flights to map the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and coastal areas.

May 11, 2010

NASA, JPL Assets Aiding in Oil Spill Response

JPL instruments and personnel are among the NASA assets being used by U.S. disaster response agencies to assess the spread and impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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A surprisingly large collections of galaxies (red dots in center) stands out at a remarkably large distance in this composite image combining infrared and visible-light observations.

May 11, 2010

Ancient City of Galaxies Looks Surprisingly Modern

In a recent deep excavation, courtesy of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers unearthed what may be the most distant, primitive cluster of galaxies ever found.

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The left-hand image, obtained by the European Space Agency's Huygens probe, shows rounded rocks from the surface of Saturn's moon Titan.

May 11, 2010

Rock and Roll: Titan's Gem Tumbler

It appears flash flooding has paved streambeds in the Xanadu region of Saturn's moon Titan with thousands of sparkling crystal balls of ice, according to scientists with NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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May 10, 2010

Herschel Finds a Hole in Space

The Herschel Space Observatory has made an unexpected discovery: a gaping hole in the clouds surrounding a batch of young stars.

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 JPL's annual Open House on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16 will feature displays and demonstrations from numerous space missions and a first look at JPL's recently renovated von Karman Visitor Center.

May 10, 2010

JPL Invites the Public to Annual Open House

JPL invites the public to a close-up look at its past, present and future at its annual Open House on Saturday, May 15, and Sunday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this nighttime image of the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 7, 2010.

May 7, 2010

NASA Captures Night Infrared View of Gulf Oil Spill

A May 7 nighttime infrared image of the Gulf oil spill from an instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft provides a different perspective on the oil slick nearing the Gulf coast.

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The galactic bubble RCW 120

May 6, 2010

Herschel Gets Sneak Peak at Star Birth

The first scientific results from the Herschel infrared space observatory are revealing previously hidden details of star formation.

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Intra-crater structure in NW Hellas Basin, Mars

May 5, 2010

New Martian Views From Orbiting Camera Show Diversity

New images from more than 750 recent observations of Mars by an orbiting telescopic camera testify to the diversity of landscapes there.

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Global Climate Change site

May 4, 2010

NASA, JPL Websites Win Webby Awards

Three NASA sites have won awards in the 14th Annual Webby Awards -- the leading international honor for the world's best websites.

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Satellite image of oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

May 3, 2010

NASA Satellite Views Massive Gulf Oil Spill

New NASA satellite images show the extent of the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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This image shows an outcrop of rocks at the foot of the rover and beyond these rocks rippled dunes

April 30, 2010

Mars Rover Sees Distant Crater Rims on Horizon

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has captured a new view of the rim of Endeavour crater, the rover's destination in a multi-year traverse along the sandy Martian landscape.

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NASA's Casini spacecraft obtained this raw image of Enceladus on April 26, 2010.

April 30, 2010

Cassini Returning Enceladus Gravity Data

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its 26-hour gravity observation at Saturn’s moon Enceladus this week.

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A storm on Saturn

April 29, 2010

Cassini and Amateurs Chase Storm on Saturn

With the help of amateur astronomers, the composite infrared spectrometer instrument aboard NASA's Cassini spacecraft has taken its first look at a massive blizzard in Saturn's atmosphere.

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asteroid 2005 YU55

April 29, 2010

Radar Clicks Asteroid's Pic

Near-Earth asteroid 2005 YU55 was "imaged" by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico on April 19.

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artist's concept of an asteroid belt

April 28, 2010

Scientists Say Ice Lurks In Asteroid's Cold Heart

Scientists using a NASA funded telescope have detected water-ice and carbon-based organic compounds on the surface of an asteroid.

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Map of chlorine monoxide in the Antarctic

April 28, 2010

NASA Study Sheds Light on Ozone Hole Chemistry

A new NASA study of Earth's polar ozone layer reinforces scientists' understanding of how human-produced chlorine chemicals involved in the destruction of ozone interact with each other.

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A low activity, star-formation region in the constellation Perseus, as seen by Planck.

April 26, 2010

Planck Sees a Cold and Stormy Orion

The big hunter in the sky is seen in a new light by Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation.

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Cassini Measures Tug of Enceladus

April 26, 2010

Cassini Measures Tug of Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be gliding low over Saturn's moon Enceladus for a gravity experiment designed to probe the moon's interior composition.

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Earth Day chat for kids

April 22, 2010

Web Chat: How Does NASA Study Earth's Climate?

Earth Day Web Chat, Apr. 22, 10 a.m. Pacific -- Students ask a scientist how NASA studies Earth's climate.

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Earth - South America

April 21, 2010

JPL Marks Earth's Big Day

It's your planet. It's your future. It's our mission. Join NASA and JPL in celebrating Earth Day April 22 with events, interactive activities and online resources.

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Artist's concept of a methane-free planet

April 21, 2010

'This Planet Tastes Funny,' According to Spitzer

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered something odd about a distant planet -- it lacks methane, an ingredient common to many of the planets in our solar system.

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Satellite image of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

April 20, 2010

NASA Satellite Helps Measure Iceland Volcanic Plume

An instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft is helping officials accurately estimate the heights of the massive ash plumes emitted by Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

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Earth Day quiz

April 20, 2010

A Hot Challenge for Earth Day

Here's another way to celebrate Earth Day this week -- take our quiz to test your knowledge of global temperature and its impact on Earth's climate.

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Celebrate Earth Day With NASA interactive

April 19, 2010

Celebrate Earth Day With NASA

How do you and your family help our planet? Students, classrooms and families are invited to share their comments and also learn how NASA studies Earth.

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Satellite image of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

April 19, 2010

NASA Continues to Track Persistent Iceland Volcano

A new NASA infrared image of Iceland's erupting volcano shows its billowing ash plume, lava erupting from its current vent, and still-hot lava flows from earlier eruption phases.

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Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

April 18, 2010

NASA Satellite Eyes Iceland Volcano Cauldron

New NASA satellite images of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano provide a peek into its explosive cauldron.

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Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

April 16, 2010

NASA Satellite Images Dissect Iceland Volcanic Plume

A thermal infrared analysis of NASA satellite imagery of the ash plume from Iceland's erupting volcano provides insights into its composition.

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Earth - South America

April 16, 2010

NASA Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

JPL and other NASA centers across the nation invite the public to see and hear about the agency's contributions to understanding and protecting Earth.

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Infrared AIRS image of Iceland volanic ash plume

April 15, 2010

NASA Instrument Sees Disruptive Iceland Volcanic Cloud

A JPL-built instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft imaged the ash cloud from an erupting Iceland volcano that's wreaking havoc for air travelers in Northern Europe and around the world.

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meteor over southwestern Wisconsin

April 15, 2010

Wisconsin Fireball Caught On Tape

A rooftop webcam at the University of Wisconsin-Madison captured the final seconds of a fireball's Wednesday, April 14 descent into the atmosphere.

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First lightning flashes on saturn

April 14, 2010

Flash: NASA's Cassini Sees Lightning on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured images of lightning on Saturn. The images have allowed scientists to create the first movie showing lightning flashing on another planet.

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This image shows the light from three planets orbiting a star 120 light-years away

April 14, 2010

Small, Ground-Based Telescope Images Three Exoplanets

Astronomers have snapped a picture of three planets orbiting a star beyond our own using a modest-sized telescope on the ground.

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Video still of comet nearing the sun

April 13, 2010

Comets, the Solar System's Most Spectacular Nomads

An interactive web site provides an overview of comets - including details on their anatomy and information on comets that have been visited by spacecraft.

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Comet McNaught

April 13, 2010

Ulysses Spacecraft Data Reveal a Comet Biggie

Using data from the completed ESA/NASA Ulysses mission, scientists have identified a new candidate for biggest comet.

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Artist concept of NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter

April 13, 2010

No Peep from Phoenix in Third Odyssey Listening Stint

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter heard no signal from the Phoenix Mars Lander when it listened from orbit while passing over Phoenix 60 times last week.

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Preparation for and testing of MSL radar system

April 13, 2010

Helicopter Helps Test Radar for 2012 Mars Landing

This spring, engineers are testing a radar system that will serve during the next landing on Mars.

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Saturn's moon Dione

April 12, 2010

Cassini Finishes Saturnian Doubleheader

NASA's Cassini spacecraft completed its double flyby this week, swinging by Saturn's moons Titan and Dione with no maneuver in between.

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Artist's concept of Galaxy Evolution Explorer

April 12, 2010

Space Telescope Moves on with One Detector

Mission engineers and scientists with NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer are no longer planning science observations around one of the space telescope's two ultraviolet detectors.

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Big Babies in the Rosette Nebula

April 12, 2010

Herschel Reveals Ripening Stars Near Rosette Nebula

The Herschel Space Observatory has uncovered a cosmic garden of budding stars, each expected to grow to 10 times the mass of our sun.

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Surface warmth on a Venus volcano

April 8, 2010

NASA-Funded Research Suggests Venus is Geologically Alive

For the first time, scientists have detected clear signs of recent lava flows on the surface of Venus.

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The Global Hawk can fly autonomously to altitudes above 60,000 feet -- roughly twice as high as a commercial airliner -- and as far as 11,000 nautical miles.

April 8, 2010

NASA's Global Hawk Completes First Science Flight

NASA has successfully completed the first science flight of the Global Hawk unpiloted aircraft system over the Pacific Ocean.

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Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano

April 7, 2010

NASA Sensors Providing Rapid Estimates of Iceland Volcano Emissions

A NASA research team is using the latest advances in satellite artificial intelligence to speed up estimates of the heat and volume of lava escaping from an erupting volcano in Iceland.

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IC 342 galaxy

April 7, 2010

Hiding Out Behind the Milky Way

A leggy cosmic creature comes out of hiding in this new infrared view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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Meteor from Kappa Cygnid Meteor Shower.

April 7, 2010

Meteor Showers: Shooting for Shooting Stars

Meteor showers – one of the many benefits to living on a planet with an atmosphere.

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Two camera's for MSL (left) and principle investigator Michael Malin (rght)

April 6, 2010

San Diego Team Delivers Camera for Next Mars Rover

JPL has received the two cameras for the Mast Camera instrument, the science-imaging workhorse of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover, to be launched next year.

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Orbit of asteroid 2010 GA6

April 6, 2010

Asteroid to Fly by Within Moon's Orbit Thursday

A newly discovered asteroid, 2010 GA6, will safely fly by Earth this Thursday at 7:06 p.m. Pacific (2:06 U.T.C.).

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Topography surrounding the Laguna Salada Fault

April 5, 2010

Topography Reflects Baja Quake Site's Complex Geology

New NASA topographic images of northern Baja, California, site of a 7.2 quake on April 4, reflect the complex geology caused by colliding tectonic plates.

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Juno during assembly

April 5, 2010

Juno Taking Shape in Denver

Assembly has begun on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which will help scientists understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter.

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The SOLO-TREC autonomous underwater vehicle is deployed off the coast of Hawaii on an extended ocean endurance test, Nov. 30, 2009.

April 5, 2010

NASA Demonstrates Novel Ocean-Powered Underwater Vehicle

NASA, U.S. Navy and university researchers have successfully demonstrated the first robotic underwater vehicle to be powered entirely by natural, renewable, ocean thermal energy.

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Artist's concept of WISE mapping the sky

April 5, 2010

WISE: Your Guide to the Infrared Sky

Learn about NASA's WISE mission and all the goodies it is expected to uncover in this new, interactive feature.

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Composite of Saturn's moons Titan and Dione

April 2, 2010

Cassini Doubleheader: Flying By Titan and Dione

In a special double flyby early next week, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will visit Saturn's moons Titan and Dione within a period of about a day and a half, with no maneuvers in between.

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Phoenix Mars Lander and surrounding ground as seen from orbit on Feb. 25, 2010.

April 2, 2010

Third Listening Period to Begin Monday, April 5

From April 5 through April 9, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will conduct a third campaign to check whether the Phoenix Mars Lander has come back to life after experiencing a Martian arctic winter it was not designed to survive.

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A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

April 1, 2010

Colony of Young Stars Shines in New Spitzer Image

Astronomers have their eyes on a hot group of young stars, watching their every move like the paparazzi.

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Glaciers and Ice Caps: How Much Do You Know?

April 1, 2010

Glaciers and Ice Caps: How Much Do You Know?

Test your knowledge of the cold, hard facts about Earth’s ice and its link to climate change with our brain freezer teaser.

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An artist's concept of a NASA Mars Exploration Rover

March 31, 2010

Spirit May Have Begun Months-Long Hibernation

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit skipped a planned communication session on March 30 and, as anticipated from recent power-supply projections, has probably entered a low-power hibernation mode.

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composite of martian images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

March 31, 2010

NASA Mars Spacecraft Snaps Photos Chosen by Public

The most powerful camera aboard a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars has returned the first pictures of locations on the Red Planet suggested by the public.

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Image of the teams are operating their robots remotely

March 29, 2010

High Schools Battle It Out at Robotic Match

Fifty-eight teams from Southern California, Florida, Massachusetts and Chile competed in the Los Angeles regional FIRST Robotics competition this past weekend, March 27 and 28.

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Pattern of daytime temperatures on Mimas

March 29, 2010

1980s Video Icon Glows on Saturn Moon

The highest-resolution-yet temperature map and images of Saturn's icy moon Mimas obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal surprising patterns on the surface of the small moon, including unexpected hot regions that resemble "Pac-Man" eating a dot, and striking bands of light and dark in crater walls.

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A composite image from NASA's Chandra (blue) and Spitzer (green and red-yellow) space telescopes shows the dusty remains of a collapsed star

March 29, 2010

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Chandra/Spitzer Image

A new image from NASA's Chandra and Spitzer space telescopes shows the dusty remains of a collapsed star.

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overturning circulation of the global ocean

March 25, 2010

NASA Study Finds Atlantic 'Conveyor Belt' Not Slowing

New NASA measurements of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, part of the global ocean conveyor belt that helps regulate climate around the North Atlantic, show no significant slowing over the past 15 years.

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NASA's Grace See Rapid Spread in Greenland Ice Loss

March 25, 2010

NASA's Grace Sees Rapid Spread in Greenland Ice Loss

A new international study finds losses in Greenland's ice sheet are now spreading rapidly up its northwest coast.

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An artist's concept of a NASA Mars Exploration Rover

March 25, 2010

Space Operations Award Going to Mars Rover Team

The team that operates NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity will receive the 2010 International Space Ops Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover used its panoramic camera to record this view of the rim of a crater about 65 kilometers (40 miles) in the distance, on the southwestern horizon.

March 24, 2010

Opportunity Surpasses 20 Kilometers of Total Driving

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity today surpassed 20 kilometers (12.43 miles) of total driving since it landed on Mars 74 months ago.

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This image shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity perched on the edge of 'Concepción' crater in Meridiani Planum, Mars.

March 24, 2010

Mars Rover Examines Odd Material at Small, Young Crater

Weird coatings on rocks beside a young Martian crater remain puzzling after a preliminary look at data from examination of the site by NASA's Opportunity rover.

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View of Earth

March 23, 2010

JPL Scientists to Share Research at Free Climate Day Event

JPL Climate Day 2010 will bring students, educators and the general public together with scientists and other climate experts for a free, educational and fun event about Earth's changing climate.

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Mars imaged by Opportunity

March 23, 2010

NASA Mars Rover Getting Smarter as it Gets Older

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, now in its seventh year on Mars, has a new capability to make its own choices about whether to make additional observations of rocks that it spots on arrival at a new location.

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A new model uses measurements from mid-ocean ridges (yellow and green) to precisely describe the movements of  interlocking tectonic plates that make up about 97 percent of Earth's surface.

March 22, 2010

Earth's Real Movers and Shakers Star in New Tectonic Model

NASA and university researchers have released the result of a 20-year effort to precisely describe the relative movements of Earth's interlocking tectonic plates.

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JPL's Flight Projects Center

March 19, 2010

JPL Wins 'Green Building Award'

JPL's environmentally friendly Flight Projects Center received a "Green Building Award" at the fourth annual Green California Leadership Awards, held during this week's Green California Summit.

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Recent sea-level height data from the NASA/European Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason-2 oceanography satellite shows El Niño 2009-2010 hanging in there

March 18, 2010

El Niño's Last Hurrah?

Satellite data show yet another strong wave of warm water moving eastward across the central equatorial Pacific. Could this be El Niño's last stand?

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This natural color view from the Cassini spacecraft highlights the myriad gradations in the transparency of Saturn's inner rings.

March 18, 2010

Cassini Shows Saturnian Roller Derby, Strange Weather

From Earth, Saturn may look like a peaceful orb, but NASA's Cassini spacecraft has revealed a rough and tumble roller derby among the gas giant's rings.

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A JPL-designed camera submerged 600 feet beneath the Antarctic ice sheet to image its underbelly has yielded an unexpected find -- a shrimp.

March 17, 2010

Little Shrimp Makes Big Splash Beneath Antarctica

A JPL-designed camera submerged 600 feet beneath the Antarctic ice sheet to image its underbelly has yielded an unexpected find -- a shrimp.

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This artist's conception illustrates one of the most primitive supermassive black holes known (central black dot) at the core of a young, star-rich galaxy.

March 17, 2010

NASA's Spitzer Unearths Primitive Black Holes

Astronomers have come across what appear to be two of the earliest and most primitive supermassive black holes known.

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Tendrils of cold dust

March 17, 2010

Planck Mission Images Galactic Web of Cold Dust

Tendrils of the coldest stuff in our galaxy can be seen in a new, large image from Planck, a mission surveying the whole sky to learn more about the birth of our universe.

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot

March 16, 2010

See Spot on Jupiter. See Spot Glow.

Scientists Get First Look at Weather Inside the Solar System's Biggest Storm.

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A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.

March 16, 2010

WISE Captures a Cosmic Rose

A new infrared image from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, shows a cosmic rosebud blossoming with new stars.

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This artist's illustration shows the likely interior structure of Saturn's moon Titan deduced from gravity field data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

March 11, 2010

Cassini Data Show Ice and Rock Mixture Inside Titan

By precisely tracking NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its low swoops over Saturn's moon Titan, scientists have determined the distribution of materials in the moon's interior.

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70-meter antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex

March 8, 2010

Historic Deep Space Network Antenna Starts Major Surgery

Like a hard-driving athlete whose joints need help, the giant "Mars antenna" at NASA's Deep Space Network site in Goldstone, Calif. has begun major, delicate surgery.

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students from San Cayetano Elementary School race their robot

March 5, 2010

Watch Students Compete Using Lego Robotics

Watch school teams test their software-enabled Lego robots via a live Internet program during the annual Southern California NASA Explorer Schools Robotics Competition.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Kepler space telescope.

March 4, 2010

NASA's Kepler Mission Celebrates One Year in Space

One year ago this week, NASA's Kepler mission soared into the dark night sky, leaving a bright glow in its wake as it began to search for other worlds like Earth.

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Titan's Sikun Labyrinthus (artist's concept)

March 4, 2010

Is That Saturn's Moon Titan or Utah?

Planetary scientists, who have been puzzling for years over the surface features on Saturn's moon Titan, have now found some recognizable analogies to a type of terrain on Earth known as karst topography.

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Data, called a spectrum, showing water and organics in the Orion nebula

March 4, 2010

Herschel Finds Possible Life-Enabling Molecules in Space

The Herschel Space Observatory has revealed the chemical fingerprints of potentially life-enabling organic molecules in the Orion nebula.

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Changes in Ripples on Martian Dunes in Nili Patera

March 4, 2010

Mars Dunes: On the Move?

Mars has diversity. In at least one area, Martian sand dunes are actively migrating. In another, they have been stationary for 100,000 years.

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FIRST Robotics competition

March 4, 2010

Robot Vs. Robot: Live in Washington and Across the Nation

NASA, in cooperation with local technology firms and sponsors, launches a nationwide series of high school robotics competitions that begin March 5 and 6.

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Inverted crater in the Arabia Terra region of Mars

March 3, 2010

NASA Mars Orbiter Speeds Past Data Milestone

NASA's newest Mars orbiter has passed a data-volume milestone unimaginable a generation ago and still difficult to fathom - 100 terabits.

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A radar on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected widespread deposits of glacial ice in the mid-latitudes of Mars.

March 2, 2010

Radar Map of Buried Martian Ice Adds to Climate Record

Extensive radar mapping of the middle-latitude region of northern Mars shows that thick masses of buried ice are quite common beneath protective coverings of rubble.

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View of Earth

March 1, 2010

Chilean Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days

The Feb. 27 magnitude 8.8 earthquake in Chile may have shortened the length of each Earth day.

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NASA's Aquarius instrument at INVAP's satellite integration facility in Bariloche, Argentina.

March 1, 2010

Salt-Seeking Satellite Shaken By Quake, But Not Stirred

NASA's Aquarius instrument, and the Argentinian spacecraft that will carry it into space, rode out the Feb. 27 Chilean earthquake without a scratch.

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Amanda Hendrix

March 1, 2010

On the JPL Blog: Road-Tripping to Rhea with Cassini

On Tuesday, March 2, 2010, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its closest encounter yet with Saturn’s second largest moon.

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Carl Sagan

February 26, 2010

NASA Announces 2010 Carl Sagan Fellows

NASA has selected seven scientists as recipients of Carl Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships in exoplanet exploration for 2010.

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DSN antennas

February 25, 2010

NASA Breaks Ground on New Deep Space Network Antennas

NASA officials broke ground near Canberra, Australia on Wednesday, Feb. 24, beginning a new antenna-building campaign to improve Deep Space Network communications.

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Phoenix Mars Lander and surrounding ground as seen from orbit on Feb. 25, 2010.

February 23, 2010

No Signal Heard During First Day of Resumed Listening for Phoenix

NASA's Mars Odyssey began a second campaign Monday to check on whether the Phoenix Mars Lander has revived itself after the northern Martian winter.

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This color-coded map, produced by scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, shows the 5-year average (2005-2009) global temperature change relative to the 1951-1980 mean temperature.

February 23, 2010

New NASA Web Page Sheds Light on Science of Warming World

NASA has launched a new Web page to help people better understand the causes and effects of Earth's changing climate.

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Pockets of heat on Enceladus

February 23, 2010

Cassini Finds Plethora of Plumes, Hotspots at Enceladus

Newly released images from Cassini's November swoop over Saturn's icy moon Enceladus reveal a forest of new jets spraying from prominent fractures crossing the south polar region.

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Satellite image of El Niño

February 23, 2010

Temperature Trackers Watch Our Watery World Wax and Wane

The ocean plays a key role in determining Earth’s temperatures, and, say NASA scientists, could well contribute to making 2010 the warmest year on record.

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The retreat of Pedersen Glacier, Alaska

February 22, 2010

Pictures That Paint a Thousand Words

A new image gallery on NASA's Global Climate Change Web site highlights some dramatic examples of how our planet is changing over time.

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This image shows the Brown Mountain area in the Angeles National Forest on Sept. 28, 2009, shortly after the most intense part of the Station fire had died down.

February 19, 2010

Rain, Rain, Go Online

A new webcam at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is keeping an eye on debris and water flows that could course down nearby wildfire-stripped hillsides during a rainstorm.

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Saturn's moon Prometheus

February 19, 2010

Behold the Violent History of Saturn's White Whale Moon

Like the battered white whale Moby Dick taunting Captain Ahab, Saturn's moon Prometheus surges toward the viewer in a 3-D image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Large, thick floes of ice can be seen breaking off.

February 18, 2010

Missing 'Ice Arches' Contributed to 2007 Arctic Ice Loss

In 2007, the Arctic lost a massive amount of thick, multiyear sea ice, contributing to that year's record-low extent of Arctic sea ice.

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NASA Stardust logo

February 18, 2010

NASA's Stardust Burns for Comet, Less Than a Year Away

Just three days shy of one year before its flyby of comet Tempel 1, Stardust has successfully performed a maneuver to adjust its encounter time by eight hours and 20 minutes.

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Jurassic Space: Telescopes Probe Ancient Galaxies Near Us

February 18, 2010

Jurassic Space: Telescopes Probe Ancient Galaxies Near Us

Four NASA space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer, the Galaxy Evolution Explorer and Swift— help probe a dinosaur-like find of galactic proportions.

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Terrain model of Mars' Mojave Crater

February 17, 2010

Enhanced 3D Model of Mars Crater Edge Shows Ups and Downs

A dramatic 3D Mars view based on terrain modeling from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data shows "highs and lows" of Mojave Crater.

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The Andromeda galaxy

February 17, 2010

NASA's WISE Mission Releases Medley of First Images

A diverse cast of cosmic characters is showcased in the first survey images NASA released Wednesday from its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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Calving front of Equp Sermia glacier, West Greenland

February 16, 2010

NASA Finds Warmer Ocean Speeding Greenland Glacier Melt

A new NASA study finds undersea melting of glaciers in west Greenland due to ocean warming is playing a major, previously overlooked, role in their evolution.

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Saturn's moon Mimas

February 16, 2010

Cassini Shoots New Close-Ups of Death Star-like Moon

Blazing through its closest pass of the Saturnian moon Mimas on Feb. 13, Cassini sent back striking close-ups of the moon likened to the Death Star from "Star Wars" and the enormous crater scarring its surface.

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Asteroid Vesta as seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope

February 16, 2010

Get Set for a Possible Glimpse of an Asteroid

The most prominent asteroid in the sky is currently yours for the perusing with binoculars -- and perhaps even the naked eye.

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six narrow-angle color images taken from Voyager 1

February 12, 2010

Voyager Celebrates 20-Year-Old Valentine to Solar System

On Feb. 14, 1990, NASA's Voyager 1 had sailed beyond the farthest planet in our solar system and snapped an image that was a parting valentine to our string of planets.

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Saturn's moon Mimas

February 11, 2010

Cassini Set to Do Retinal Scan of Saturnian Eyeball

On Feb. 13, 2010, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its closest examination yet of Mimas, Saturn's eyeball-shaped moon that has also been likened to the Death Star of "Star Wars."

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First Comet Seen by WISE

February 11, 2010

WISE Spies a Comet with its Powerful Infrared Eye

WISE has discovered its first comet, one of many objects the mission is expected to find during its ongoing infrared survey of the sky.

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Spirit's rear view after parking for fourth winter

February 11, 2010

Spirit Finishes Pre-Winter Drives

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is now parked for the winter.

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Perspective View of Layered Mound in Gale Crater, Mars

February 11, 2010

Layers in a Mars Crater Record a History of Changes

Hundreds of exposed rock layers near the center of a Martian crater reveal a record of major environmental changes on Mars billions of years ago.

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Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula

February 11, 2010

Shuttle Mission That Mapped Earth Marks 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, two JPL radar antennas launched on a mission to map the topography of a mysterious, cloud-covered world, called Earth.

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High-Tech  Conference for Small Business

February 10, 2010

JPL Hosts Annual High-Tech Small Business Conference

JPL, NASA and the Small Business Administration are hosting the annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on Tuesday, March 2, and Wednesday, March 3, at the Westin Hotel in Los Angeles.

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This colorful cosmic view is part of a Spitzer Space Telescope art project 2010 Winter Olympics cultural festival in Vancouver.

February 9, 2010

Spitzer Goes to the Olympics

Artwork inspired by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is making an appearance at this year's Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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UAVSAR pod is carried on the underbelly of NASA's Gulfstream-III research aircraft

February 4, 2010

NASA Radar Studies Continue in Central America, Hispaniola

NASA radar imaging flights over Central America, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are in the second week of a three-week campaign.

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mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids.

February 3, 2010

Suspected Asteroid Crash Leaves Odd Debris Trail

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids.

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Saturn equinox 2009

February 3, 2010

NASA Extends Cassini's Tour of Saturn, Continuing International Cooperation for World Class Science

NASA will extend the international Cassini-Huygens mission to explore Saturn and its moons to 2017.

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NASA's Infrared Telescope Facility

February 3, 2010

A Little Telescope Goes a Long Way

NASA astronomers have successfully demonstrated that a David of a telescope can tackle Goliath-size questions in the quest to study Earth-like planets around other stars.

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False-color composite image of the Port-au-Prince, Haiti region

February 1, 2010

JPL Airborne Radar Captures Its First Image of Post-Quake Haiti

JPL's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) captured this false-color composite image of the city of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the surrounding region.

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (center in blue) was briefed Jan. 20.

February 1, 2010

NASA's Aquarius Gets a Presidential Visit

Argentina's president got an up-close look at NASA's Aquarius instrument at the Argentine facility where it's being integrated with the SAC-D spacecraft.

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This artist's concept shows a pair of cool brown dwarfs.

January 29, 2010

The Coolest of Orbs

Astronomers using several telescopes, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, have discovered what appears to be the coolest star-like body known.

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Prometheus as seen by Cassini

January 28, 2010

Prometheus: Over Easy

Looking for all intents and purposes like a celestial egg after a session in Saturn's skillet, Prometheus displayed its pockmarked, irregular surface for NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Jan. 27, 2010.

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artist design for Climate Kids website

January 28, 2010

New NASA Web Site Launches Kids on Mission to Save Our Planet

Climate change can be a daunting topic for most adults to grasp, let alone kids.

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Artist concept of Titan 66 Flyby A long look at Titan

January 27, 2010

Route 66: Cassini's Next Look at Titan

Sixteen days after last visiting Saturn's largest moon, NASA's Cassini spacecraft returns for another look-see of the cloud-shrouded moon - this time from on high.

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UAVSAR airborne radar will create 3-D maps of earthquake faults over wide swaths of Haiti

January 26, 2010

NASA Airborne Radar Studies Haiti Earthquake Faults

NASA has added a series of overflights of quake faults in Haiti and the Dominican Republic to a previously scheduled three-week airborne radar campaign to Central America.

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Special-effects Spirit at permanent home

January 26, 2010

NASA's Mars Rover Spirit Starts a New Chapter

After six years of unprecedented exploration of the Red Planet, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit no longer will be a fully mobile robot.

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An artist's concept of a NASA Mars Exploration Rover

January 26, 2010

Curriculum Vitae - Spirit, Mars Exploration Rover A

Professional Goal: To investigate the historical geology and climate of Mars, but would like to do less travel than in the past

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New wrinkles on Titan

January 25, 2010

Groovy Hills Rising from Titan Surface

Hills with a wrinkly radial pattern stand out in a new radar image captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on Dec. 28, 2009.

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near-Earth asteroid discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer

January 25, 2010

NASA's WISE Eye Spies Near-Earth Asteroid

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has spotted its first never-before-seen near-Earth asteroid, the first of hundreds it is expected to find during its mission to map the whole sky in infrared light.

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Artist concept of Mars Odyssey.

January 21, 2010

January Listening Period Ends with No Word from Phoenix Mars Lander

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has completed all 30 relay overflights of the Phoenix landing site that were scheduled for Jan. 18 to 21, and heard nothing from the lander.

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True-color view of Marquette Island

January 21, 2010

Rover Gives NASA an 'Opportunity' to View Interior of Mars

NASA's Mars exploration rover Opportunity is allowing scientists to get a glimpse deep inside Mars.

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This two-frame animation aids evaluation of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during a drive on the rover's 2,147th Martian day, or sol (Jan. 16, 2010).

January 20, 2010

Spirit Switches to Backward Drives

The rover team has begun driving Spirit backward as next technique for attempting to extricate the rover from the sand trap where it is embedded.

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WP-3D Orion aircraft

January 20, 2010

Study Links Spring Ozone Over North America With Emissions Abroad

A new study links ozone levels above western North America in springtime to pollution from abroad. JPL lidar and balloon data contributed to the findings.

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JPL senior research scientist Tim Liu

January 20, 2010

JPL Scientist Receives American Meteorological Society Honor

JPL research scientist Tim Liu has been honored by the American Meteorological Society for his space-based research on Earth's climate.

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Students, researchers and others can view Mars maps using a new online tool, called HiWish.

January 20, 2010

Public Invited To Pick Pixels on Mars

Scientists Taking Suggestions on Where to Image the Red Planet Using NASA Satellite

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Artist concept of Mars Odyssey.

January 20, 2010

NASA Orbiter Listening for Phoenix Lander Hears Nothing

NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has completed 11 overflights, listening for the Phoenix Mars Lander on Jan. 19 and 20, without hearing anything from the lander.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti, area, Jan. 14, 2010

January 18, 2010

NASA's ASTER Instrument Observes Haiti Quake Aftermath

Landslides from the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake are clearly visible in a new simulated natural-color image from an instrument on NASA’s Terra spacecraft.

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JPL Oceanographer Josh Willis (center) receives the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John Holdren (left) and NASA Associate Administrator Lori Garver (right

January 15, 2010

JPL Scientist Honored by President Obama With Early Career Award

JPL Oceanographer Josh Willis was among 100 outstanding early career scientists honored by President Obama Jan. 13 at the White House.

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Dune symmetry inside Martian crater

January 14, 2010

Resumed Mars Orbiter Observations Yield Stunning Views

Dunes of sand-sized materials have been trapped on the floors of many Martian craters. This view shows dunes inside a crater in Noachis Terra, west of the giant Hellas impact basin in Mars' southern hemisphere.

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Artist's concept of WISE mapping the infrared sky

January 14, 2010

Infrared Hunt Begins: WISE Starts All-Sky Survey

NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) began its survey of the infrared sky today.

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artist concept showing Huygens probe descent

January 14, 2010

Land Ho! Huygens Plunged to Titan Surface 5 Years Ago

The Huygens probe parachuted down to the surface of Saturn's haze-shrouded moon Titan exactly five years ago on Jan. 14, 2005, providing data that scientists on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn are still building upon today.

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti

January 14, 2010

Fault Responsible for Haiti Quake Slices Island's Topography

The fault responsible for the Jan. 12 magnitude 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti is visible in images created using NASA radar topography data acquired in 2000.

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An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars.

January 13, 2010

Just a Few More Approaches to Try for Extrication

The list of remaining maneuvers being considered for extricating Spirit is becoming shorter.

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January 12, 2010

NASA's New Museum Grant Allies will make the Universe Accessible

Interactive museum exhibits about climate change, Earth science, and missions beyond Earth are among the projects NASA has selected to receive agency funding.

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Arctic ice

January 12, 2010

Is Antarctica Melting?

If all Antarctica's ice melted, global sea level would rise 200 feet. So how is this frozen continent faring in our warming world?

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Orbital diagram depicts the trajectory of asteroid 2010 AL30 during its flyby of Earth in the early morning hours of Jan. 13.

January 12, 2010

Asteroid To Fly By Earth Wednesday Is a Natural

Asteroid 2010 AL30 will fly safely past Earth on Jan. 13. There are those who say it may be a used rocket stage. Not so fast says NASA's Near-Earth Object Office.

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Artist's concept of Cassini's Jan. 12, 2009, flyby of Titan

January 11, 2010

Cassini Returns to Southern Hemisphere of Titan

NASA'S Cassini spacecraft will return to Titan's southern hemisphere on a flyby tomorrow, Jan. 12, plunging to within about 1,050 kilometers (about 670 miles) of the hazy moon's surface.

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Phoenix Lander amid disappearing spring ice

January 11, 2010

NASA to Check for Unlikely Winter Survival of Mars Lander

Beginning Jan. 18, NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter will listen for possible, though improbable, radio transmissions from the Phoenix Mars Lander, which completed five months of studying an arctic Martian site in November 2008.

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NASA's Cassini captured this stunning mosaic as the spacecraft sped away from this geologically active moon of Saturn

January 11, 2010

As The Crust Turns: Cassini Data Show Enceladus in Motion

Blobs of warm ice that periodically rise to the surface and churn the icy crust on Saturn's moon Enceladus explain the quirky behavior of the moon's south polar region.

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This view shows color variations in bright layered deposits on a plateau near Juventae Chasma in the Valles Marineris region of Mars.

January 11, 2010

Martian Landform Observations Fill Special Journal Issue

Martian landforms shaped by winds, water, lava flow, seasonal icing and other forces are analyzed in 21 journal reports based on data from a camera orbiting Mars.

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Infrared snapshot of a region in the constellation Carina near the Milky Way taken shortly after NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) ejected its cover.

January 6, 2010

NASA's WISE Eye Spies First Glimpse of the Starry Sky

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured its first look at the starry sky that it will soon begin surveying in infrared light.

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January 6, 2010

Latest Astronomy Conference Update

Thousands of astronomers have amassed at the 215th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington.

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This artist's conception shows a Jupiter-sized planet forming from a disk of dust and gas surrounding a young, massive star.

January 6, 2010

Planets Can Form Around Hefty Stars

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is helping scientists find evidence for planets around massive stars.

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Former Director Lew Allen Jr.

January 5, 2010

JPL Mourns Passing of Former Director Lew Allen Jr.

A former director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lew Allen Jr., passed away Monday night, Jan. 4, at the age of 84, in Potomac Falls, Va.

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infrared portrait of the Small Magellanic Cloud

January 5, 2010

Galaxy Exposes Its Dusty Inner Workings in New Spitzer Image

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured an action-packed picture of the nearby Small Magellanic Cloud, a small galaxy that looks like a wispy cloud when seen from Earth.

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Artist's concept of Epsilon Aurigae.

January 5, 2010

Centuries-Old Star Mystery Coming to a Close

For almost two centuries, humans have looked up at a bright star called Epsilon Aurigae and watched with their own eyes as it seemed to disappear into the night sky.

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Planet Size

January 4, 2010

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Five Exoplanets

NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system.

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