News Articles for 2005

view of comet Tempel 1 after collision with Deep Impact probe

December 27, 2005

The Year in Images: JPL 2005

JPL missions and instruments capture unique and beautiful images 365 days a year. The following photo essay and gallery offer a glimpse at just a few of these views.

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Titan

December 27, 2005

Cassini Caps Off Year With Titan Flyby

The Cassini spacecraft wrapped up this year's whirlwind tour of Saturn's many moons with a Titan rendezvous on Dec. 26.

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artist's concept of Stardust approaching Earth

December 21, 2005

NASA Prepares for Return of Interstellar Cargo

NASA's Stardust mission is nearing Earth after a 4.63 billion kilometer (2.88 billion mile) round-trip journey to return cometary and interstellar dust particles back to Earth.

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Grace data showing effect of the December 2004 great Sumatra earthquake on the Earth's gravity field

December 20, 2005

NASA's Grace Finds Greenland Melting Faster, 'Sees' Sumatra Quake

In the first direct, comprehensive mass survey of the entire Greenland ice sheet, scientists using data from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace) have measured a significant decrease in the mass of the Greenland ice cap. Grace is a satellite mission that measures movement in Earth's mass.

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artist's concept illustrates a solar system that is a much younger version of our own

December 20, 2005

Partial Ingredients for DNA and Protein Found Around Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered some of life's most basic ingredients in the dust swirling around a young star.

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panoramic, infrared image of a plethora of stellar activity in the Milky Way's galactic plane

December 13, 2005

Spitzer Exposes Our Galaxy's Deepest Secrets

Astronomers used Spitzer's heat-seeking infrared eyes to gaze at the dust-drenched plane of our galaxy.

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graphic showing location of Mars

December 12, 2005

Bump Into Mars Tonight

Look for Mars in the night sky on December 12, 2005, and wish Opportunity a Happy One Martian Year Anniversary!

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Opportunity view of Erebus Crater

December 12, 2005

Opportunity Celebrates One Mars Year

Seemingly touched with a load of luck from the giddy-up, Opportunity has been galloping since she strutted off of her lander, some 670 sols ago. A mission planned for 90 days has turned into an adventure that's lasted nearly two Earth years!

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false-color view of Rhea (above) and Dione

December 6, 2005

Cassini's Photo Album From a Season of Icy Moons

Wrapping up a phenomenally successful year of observing Saturn's icy moons, the Cassini mission is releasing a flood of new views of the moons Enceladus, Dione, Rhea, Hyperion and Iapetus.

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greatly enhanced and colorized image of jets of Enceladus

December 6, 2005

NASA's Cassini Images Reveal Spectacular Evidence of an Active Moon

Jets of fine, icy particles streaming from Saturn's moon Enceladus were captured in recent images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Opportunity view of an outcrop called Olympia along the northwestern margin of Erebus crater

December 5, 2005

NASA's Mars Rovers Continue to Explore and Amaze

NASA's durable twin Mars rovers have successfully explored the surface of the mysterious red planet for a full Martian year (687 Earth days).

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Mountains of Creation

December 2, 2005

Learn About Spitzer and Its Cosmically Infrared World

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is bringing new light - infrared light - to the study of our dark and mysterious universe.

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upper image is a radargram from the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding; the lower image shows the position of the ground track on a topographic map of the area

December 2, 2005

Mars Express Radar Instrument Reveals Martian Subsurface

A U.S.-Italian radar instrument aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express has peered deep below the surface. Early results from the Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding reveal buried craters and reservoirs of ice. The top image shows radar data from the subsurface. The lower image shows the location on a topographic map of the area. (Dec. 2)
+ JPL's Mars Express site

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images recorded by Huygens as it landed on Titan

November 30, 2005

America and Europe Partner to Study Titan and Mars

Results from the collaborations between NASA and the European Space Agency on two missions were presented today at an European Space Agency briefing from Paris. The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft has pinpointed where a probe landed on the surface of Saturn's moon Titan (image above) and the Mars Express spacecraft has seen through surface layers on Mars.
+ Huygens landing site movie
+ Mars radar image
+ Mars release from Univ. of Iowa
+ Titan release from Univ. of Arizona
+ European Space Agency

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Opportunity view of Burns Cliff,  taken in November 2004

November 29, 2005

NASA Rover Helps Reveal Possible Secrets of Martian Life

Life may have had a tough time getting started in the ancient environment that left its mark in the Martian rock layers examined by NASA's Opportunity rover.

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artist's concept compares a hypothetical  solar system centered around a tiny sun (top) to a known solar system centered around a star, called 55 Cancri, which is about the same size as our sun

November 29, 2005

A Planet With Planets? Spitzer Finds Cosmic Oddball

Planets are everywhere these days. They have been spotted around more than 150 stars, and evidence is growing that they also circle "failed," or miniature, stars called brown dwarfs.

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Artist concept of spacecraft

November 23, 2005

NASA Awards Contract for New Millennium Mission

The next satellite in NASA's New Millennium Program will be designed, developed and built by Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Va.

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synthetic image of the Spirit Mars Exploration Rover on the flank of

November 21, 2005

Spirit Marks One Martian Year on the Red Planet

Since Spirit landed on January 3, 2004, Mars has completed one orbit around the sun. This anniversary picture is a synthetic image of the rover on the flank of "Husband Hill" produced using JPL technology. The process combines visualization and image-processing tools with Hollywood-style special effects.
+ Anniversary feature from rover site

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artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

November 18, 2005

Mars-Bound NASA Craft Tweaks Course, Passes Halfway Point

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully fired six engines for about 20 seconds today to adjust its flight path in advance of its March 10, 2006, arrival at the red planet.

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Einstein rings

November 17, 2005

Astronomers Assemble Fine Collection of 'Einstein Rings'

You can look but you can't touch the new rings discovered by JPLer Dr. Leonidas Moustakas and his colleagues. The team used data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey to locate, among other objects, galaxies whose light has been warped into circles called "Einstein rings."

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nebula NGC 1333

November 16, 2005

A View of Chaotic Star Birth

Located 1,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Perseus, a reflection nebula called NGC 1333 epitomizes the beautiful chaos of stars being born. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope can detect the infrared light from these objects, allowing us to peer inside their dusty cradles.

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November 14, 2005

Meet the First Woman to Drive on Mars!

From working with prototype rovers in an Earth-bound sandbox, to controlling the drives of the Mars Exploration Rovers on the red planet, Dr. Ashley Stroupe gets the best of both worlds.

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James Rinaldi

November 12, 2005

Rinaldi Named Information Chief

James Rinaldi has been appointed Chief Information Officer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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November 11, 2005

Free Lectures on Exploring Pluto

Two free public programs in Pasadena will offer an overview of the upcoming NASA mission to Pluto.

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false-color image of Rabe Crater, Mars

November 11, 2005

Mars Odyssey Snaps Crater Contours

Rabe Crater lies among hundreds of thousands of other impact craters in the rough-hewn southern highlands of Mars. This false-color view, taken by NASA's Mars Odyssey, uses color to portray the overnight surface temperatures: Bluer colors indicate cold places, red and yellow tints warm ones. This helps scientists understand the composition of the Martian surface.
+ Interactive image and caption

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Dr. Vinton Cerf

November 10, 2005

Presidential Honors

Vinton Cerf, a distinguished visiting scientist at JPL since 1998, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in the 1970s that led to the development of the Internet. Cerf is now working to take internet technology into interplanetary space.
+ Ask the White House

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false-color image showing towering pillars of cool gas and dust that are illuminated at their tips with light from warm embryonic stars

November 9, 2005

Spitzer Captures Cosmic Mountains of Creation

A new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveals billowing mountains of dust ablaze with the fires of stellar youth.

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Spirit view from atop Husband Hill

November 7, 2005

Spirit's 'Everest' Panorama

It took Spirit three days to acquire all the images combined into this mosaic, called the "Everest Panorama," looking outward in every direction from the summit of "Husband Hill." During that period, the sky changed in color and brightness due to atmospheric dust variations, as shown in contrasting sections of this mosaic.
+ QTVR: 360-spin of Everest Panorama

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Mars

November 4, 2005

Bring Mars in Focus This Month

Through November, Mars will look like a blazing, orange-yellow object in the night sky. Mars is usually less obvious. The red planet comes close enough for such exceptional viewing only once or twice every 15 or 17 years.
+ Image details

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radar image of Titan

November 2, 2005

Radar Sees More 'Cat Scratches' and Hones in on Huygens Landing Site

The Cassini spacecraft flew by Saturn's moon Titan on Oct. 28, 2005, capturing new radar views that show the Huygens probe landing site and a series of dunes that extend thousands of kilometers across Titan's surface. These so called "cat scratches," curve around teardrop-shaped bright terrain, giving the impression of a Japanese garden of sand raked around boulders.
+ 'Cat scratches'

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infrared image of Black Widow nebula

November 1, 2005

Black Widow Nebula Hiding in the Dust

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope's dust-piercing eyes spied a big "Black Widow Nebula" teeming with clusters of massive young stars. The two opposing bubbles are being formed in opposite directions by the powerful outflows from massive groups of forming stars.

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montage of planets and dust ghost

October 28, 2005

Spooky Space 'Sounds' - Rated S for Scary

Spacecraft instruments record data that can be converted into sound files, which help scientists better understand the observations.

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infrared view of planned imaging area on Titan

October 27, 2005

Looking at Titan

On its upcoming flyby of Saturn's moon Titan, the Cassini spacecraft's radar instrument will provide new clues to the nature of the surface seen by the Huygens probe, which landed on Titan in January 2005.

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Tadpole galaxy

October 27, 2005

A Picture is Worth Billions of Years

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope snapped this false-color image of the Tadpole galaxy, which is the result of a recent galactic interaction.
+ Full image and caption
+ Spitzer podcast: Tale of the Tadpole Galaxy
+ Piecing Together Universe's History

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series of images showing Hurricane Wilma

October 26, 2005

Tracking Hurricane Wilma Across the Caribbean

These images from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer on NASA's Terra satellite depict Hurricane Wilma's cloud top heights at different stages in the life cycle of the then rapidly intensifying storm. Such data may prove useful for evaluating the ability of numerical weather models to predict the intensity changes of hurricanes.

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Hubble image of Mars

October 25, 2005

Ice Beneath Mars Surface Asks, 'Can You Hear Me Now?'

In August 2003 as the twin Mars Exploration Rovers were barreling toward Mars, scientists and engineers sent a radio signal disguised as the rovers' "voice" to the Odyssey orbiter at Mars. The "response" was actually an echo from Mars.

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Oct. 20, 2005,  image showing Airs data of Hurricane Wilma

October 24, 2005

Wilma's Cold Eye Stares Down on the Caribbean

The cold cloud tops of powerful Hurricane Wilma are evident in this infrared image acquired by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite. Cooler areas are depicted in purple, with warmer areas in red.

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Spirit view looking down from top of Husband Hill

October 24, 2005

Looking Back at Spirit's Trail to the Summit

Before moving on to explore more of Mars, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit looked back at the long and winding trail of twin wheel tracks the rover created to get to the top of "Husband Hill." Spirit, seen in the lower right, spent several days in October 2005 at this location.

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QuikScat data of Hurricane Wilma from Oct. 21, 2005

October 21, 2005

Wilma's Winds Whip Mexico's Yucatan

The eye of Hurricane Wilma, a menacing Category 4 storm, approaches the northeastern tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula in this October 21 image from NASA's QuikScat satellite, depicting relative wind speeds and direction. The storm is projected to make landfall in south Florida on Monday.
+ Storm animation for 2005 hurricane season
+ Related image: Trek Through Warm Caribbean/Gulf Waters
+ Related image: Cold Eye Stares Down on the Caribbean

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artist's concept showing crystals in dusky planetary disk

October 20, 2005

NASA's Spitzer Finds Failed Stars May Succeed in Planet Business

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted the very beginnings of what might become planets around the puniest of celestial orbs - brown dwarfs, or "failed stars."

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infrared image of Titan

October 20, 2005

Stormy Weather on Saturn’s Moon Titan

Peculiar clouds at middle latitudes in Titan's southern hemisphere may form in the same way as bands of clouds at Earth's equator, say Cassini scientists at the University of Arizona.

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Artist concept of the Mars Exploration Rover

October 19, 2005

NASA Expands Rover Science Team

NASA has selected eight new members for the Mars Exploration Rovers' science team.

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false-color view of Dione with Saturn and edge-on view of ring as backdrop

October 17, 2005

Cassini Views Dione, a Frigid Ice World

Sitting in the tranquility of space is the pale moon Dione, looking as if it's posing for a painter.

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false-color infrared image of Ganges Chasma, Mars

October 14, 2005

'Live' Mars Images

An upgraded Web site offers images from Mars as soon as they are received from the camera on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, plus zoomable feature images. (Oct. 14)

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maps show the extensive pattern of rain water deposited by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on land surfaces over several states in the southern and eastern United States

October 14, 2005

NASA Satellite Monitors Post-Hurricane Gulf Coast Flood Potential

Data from NASA's QuikScat satellite are being used to monitor changes in surface water resulting from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Mississippi River basin. In these images, the colors represent increases in surface soil moisture resulting from rainfall.

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infrared image of Andromeda galaxy

October 13, 2005

Lady in Red: Andromeda Galaxy Shines in Spitzer's Eyes

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured a stunning infrared view of Messier 31, the famous spiral galaxy also known as Andromeda.

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computer simulation showing San Andreas fault and San Francisco

October 13, 2005

New Forecast of San Francisco Earthquake Risk Released

Nearly 100 years after the 1906 Great San Francisco earthquake, a new computer simulation by scientists at JPL; the University of California, Davis; and other institutions concludes the region has a 25 percent chance of a magnitude 7 or greater temblor in the next 20 years.
+ UC Davis news release
+ Full report (PDF)

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Dione in foreground, Rhea in background

October 12, 2005

It Takes Two to Tango

The Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its only flyby of Saturn's moon Dione on Oct. 11. In the process, Cassini captured Dione, on the left, eclipsing Saturn's moon Rhea.

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region southeast of the epicenter of the magnitude 7.6 Pakistan earthquake on October 8, 2005

October 12, 2005

Mission Sees Landslide From Pakistan Earthquake

Last weekend's Pakistan earthquake caused a massive landslide in the mountains of Kashmir, as captured in this Oct. 11th image from a JPL instrument.

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artist's concept of Ulysses spacecraft orbiting Sun

October 7, 2005

Sun Explorer Ulysses Spacecraft Turns 15

With over four billion miles logged while circling the Sun's poles, the Ulysses spacecraft continues shedding light on the dynamics of the solar atmosphere.

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Saturn's moon Hyperion

September 29, 2005

Cassini's Doubleheader Flybys Score Home Run

Cassini performed back-to-back flybys of Saturn moons Tethys and Hyperion last weekend, coming closer than ever before to each of them.

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Hawaii's Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea

September 29, 2005

NASA Takes Giant Step Toward Finding Earth-Like Planets

Are we alone in the universe? Are there planets like Earth around other "suns" that might harbor life?

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mock rover gently rolls over students

September 29, 2005

Students Tour JPL for La Familia Technology Space Day

Students from local schools visited JPL during this year's La Familia Technology Space Day.

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combined visible and infrared view of galaxy HUDF-JD2

September 27, 2005

NASA Finds 'Big Baby' Galaxies in Newborn Universe

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes have teamed up to "weigh" the stars in several distant galaxies.

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close-up view of Saturn's moon Tethys

September 26, 2005

Close Look at Tethys

Cassini's weekend flyby of Saturn's moon Tethys is providing close-up views of the moon's speckled surface. Raw images are now available.

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artist's concept of Voyagers in the far edges of our solar system

September 23, 2005

Voyager Finds Three Surprises Near Our Solar System's Edge

A trio of surprise discoveries from NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft reveals intriguing new information about our solar system's final frontier.

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Bjorn Lambrigtsen

September 23, 2005

Researchers Explore Mystery of Hurricane Formation

This past summer NASA researchers headed off to Costa Rica to learn more about the birth of hurricanes and to test some of the latest weather technology.

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map showing heat potential of Hurricane Rita

September 23, 2005

NASA Data Helps Track Heat Potential Fueling Rita

The path of Hurricane Rita is indicated with circles representing storm intensity, spaced every 3 hours. Altimeters like that on NASA's Jason satellite provide critical data to estimate the ocean heat potential of the Gulf waters that increase hurricane intensity.

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September 22, 2005

Rita Roars Through a Warm Gulf - Updated Image

This sea surface height map of the Gulf of Mexico, with the Florida peninsula on the right and the Texas-Mexico Gulf Coast on the left, shows the expected path of Hurricane Rita.

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projected path of Hurricane Rita, as of Sept. 22, 4 p.m. Central Time

September 22, 2005

Rita's Rising Waters Threaten the Gulf Coast

The Gulf Coast from the Mississippi Delta through the Texas coast is shown in this satellite image from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer overlain with data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, and the predicted storm track for Hurricane Rita.

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map showing sea surface height of Hurricane Rita, with predicted path

September 21, 2005

Rita Roars Through a Warm Gulf

This sea surface height map of the Gulf of Mexico, with the Florida peninsula on the right and the Texas-Mexico Gulf Coast on the left, shows the expected path of Hurricane Rita.

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artist's concept of planets and asteroids

September 20, 2005

Astrobiologists at Work

Astrobiologists study everything about life in the universe, including how it originated, how it might be distributed in the universe, and what might be its fate.

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side-by-side orbital images showing formation of gullies in martian sand dune

September 20, 2005

Orbiter's Long Life Helps Scientists Track Changes on Mars

New gullies that did not exist in mid-2002 have appeared on a Martian sand dune.

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Alan Rich shows space-related materials to the public

September 19, 2005

NASA Volunteers Are at the Head of the Class

Inspired by the power of teaching, a handful of volunteers from NASA's Solar System Ambassadors program have left behind their careers in science and technology to make their mark as educators.

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radar image of Titan showing possible shoreline

September 16, 2005

Cassini Radar Images Show Dramatic Shoreline on Titan

Images returned during Cassini's recent flyby of Titan show captivating evidence of what appears to be a large shoreline cutting across the smoggy moon's southern hemisphere.

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spokes in Saturn's rings

September 16, 2005

Ghostly Spokes in Saturn's Rings Spotted by Cassini

Scientists are celebrating the first Cassini spacecraft sighting of spokes, the ghostly radial markings discovered in Saturn's rings by NASA's Voyager spacecraft 25 years ago.

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artist's concept of Cloudsat and Calipso

September 15, 2005

NASA Will Reveal Secrets of Clouds and Aerosols

Two NASA satellites, planned for launch no earlier than Oct. 26, will give us a unique view of Earth's atmosphere. CloudSat and Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (Calipso) are undergoing final preparations for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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James Rinaldi

September 15, 2005

Rinaldi Named Information Chief

James Rinaldi has been appointed Chief Information Officer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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JPL's Dr. Pan Conrad and Dr. Lonne Lane

September 15, 2005

Lights! Camera! Action! Science!

An astrobiologist's search for signs of life in extreme environments landed her at the bottom of the ocean with Oscar-winning director James Cameron and a role in his film "Aliens of the Deep."

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On the left, Resolute Bay seen from Earth Observing-1. On the right, a visual representation of the analysis done by JPL's Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment software.

September 14, 2005

JPL Team Honored With NASA's Software of the Year Award

Software developed by a team of engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., has been selected to receive NASA's Software of the Year Award.

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artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in space

September 14, 2005

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status

Three cameras on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter worked as expected in a test pointing them at the moon and stars on Sept. 8.

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New Orleans on Sept. 13, 2005, showing flooding from Hurricane Katrina

September 14, 2005

New Orleans, Before and After Katrina

Seventeen days after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans, much of the city is still under water.

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artist's concept illustrates one interpretation of the data, which attributes the disk gap to planet formation

September 12, 2005

Cultivating a Planetary Garden: How Long Does it Take?

According to the most popular theory of planet formation, planets are akin to redwood trees, growing in size very gradually.

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Similar ingredients that were excavated from comet Tempel 1

September 7, 2005

NASA's Spitzer and Deep Impact Build Recipe for Comet Soup

When Deep Impact smashed into comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005, it released the ingredients of our solar system's primordial "soup."

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This composite image was built up from scaling all images to 5 meters/pixel, and aligning images to fixed points.

September 6, 2005

NASA's Deep Impact Adds Color to Unfolding Comet Picture

Painting by the numbers is a good description of how scientists create pictures of everything from atoms in our bodies to asteroids and comets in our solar system.

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Baton Rouge, LA seen from space

September 2, 2005

NASA's Science Resources Help Agencies Respond to Katrina

NASA science instruments and Earth-orbiting satellites are providing detailed insight about the environmental impact caused by Hurricane Katrina.

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Spirit view after reaching top of Husband Hill

September 1, 2005

NASA's Durable Spirit Sends Intriguing New Images From Mars

Working atop a range of Martian hills, NASA's Spirit rover is rewarding researchers with tempting scenes filled with evidence of past planet environments.

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artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter traveling to Mars

August 30, 2005

NASA's Mars Orbiter Makes Successful Course Correction

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter successfully tested its main engines by making a successful trajectory adjustment for reaching the red planet on March 10, 2006.

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visual and infrared mapping spectrometer image of Saturn's moon Enceladus shows the dark cracks at the south pole dubbed tiger stripes

August 30, 2005

Cassini Finds Enceladus Tiger Stripes Are Really Cubs

The Cassini spacecraft has discovered the long, cracked features dubbed "tiger stripes" on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus are very young -- between 10 and 1,000 years young.

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Airs data showing Katrina over Mississippi-Tennessee

August 30, 2005

JPL Instrument Tracks Katrina's Northward Path

From early this morning, the remnants of (now Tropical Depression) Katrina were centered on the Mississippi-Tennessee border.

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New Orleans

August 29, 2005

New Orleans Topography

The city of New Orleans and a simulated animation come from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.

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infrared image of galaxy NGC 4725, which has only one spiral arm

August 25, 2005

Spitzer Turns Two

Two years ago today, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope blasted into the same dark skies it now better understands.

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artist's concept of a storm's water vapor content inside a cloud

August 24, 2005

NASA/NOAA Announce Major Weather Forecasting Advancement

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today outlined research that has helped to improve the accuracy of medium-range weather forecasts in the Northern Hemisphere.

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artist's concept of SIM PlanetQuest

August 22, 2005

The Story Before the Story of Extrasolar Planets

A JPL scientist and his team are preparing to bring to the study of extrasolar planets what George Lucas brought to "Star Wars": the prequel.

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blind students at JPL

August 18, 2005

A Broader Vision of Discovery

Blind students explore Mars with computer skills and adventurers' hearts.

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artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter en route to Mars

August 17, 2005

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed one of the first tasks of its seven-month cruise to Mars.

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tunable diode laser chip compared to eye of needle

August 17, 2005

Technology of Tomorrow: Space Exploration Technology Spin-Offs

The next time you pick up a cordless tool or look up at a satellite dish, will you think of NASA?

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida

August 12, 2005

NASA's Multipurpose Mars Mission Successfully Launched

A seven-month flight to Mars began this morning for NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter at launch complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida

August 9, 2005

NASA's Next Leap in Mars Exploration Ready for Launch

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is ready for a morning launch on Thursday, Aug. 11.

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artist's concept of Topex/Poseidon orbiting Earth

August 9, 2005

The Rather Large Spacecraft That Could

Just like that fabled little engine, this tenacious spacecraft just won't give up!

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August 5, 2005

August Launch to Mars Is Topic for Scientist's Public Talk

The project scientist for NASA's next mission to Mars, Dr. Richard Zurek, will share information and pictures about the upcoming mission during a free public lecture in Florida.

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False color images of Saturn's moon, Mimas

August 5, 2005

Cassini Flies by Saturn's Tortured Moon Mimas

On its recent close flyby of Mimas, the Cassini spacecraft found the Saturnian moon looking battered and bruised, with a surface that may be the most heavily cratered in the Saturn system.

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False-color image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope showing a distant galaxy that houses a quasar

August 3, 2005

NASA's Spitzer Finds Hidden, Hungry Black Holes

Most of the biggest black holes in the universe have been eating cosmic meals behind closed doors – until now.

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Artist concept of an extrasolar planet

August 2, 2005

NASA's Planet Hunt Website En Espanol

Spanish-speaking space aficionados can track the latest news in the hunt for planets around other stars, thanks to a new NASA website.

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This time-lapse image of a newfound planet in our solar system, called 2003UB313

July 29, 2005

NASA-Funded Scientists Discover Tenth Planet

A planet larger than Pluto has been discovered in the outlying regions of the solar system.

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map showing observed temperatures at Enceladus

July 29, 2005

Cassini Finds an Active, Watery World at Saturn's Enceladus

Saturn's tiny icy moon Enceladus, which ought to be cold and dead, instead displays evidence for active ice volcanism.

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artist's concept representing complex organic molecules seen in early universe

July 28, 2005

Spitzer Finds Life Components in Young Universe

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found the ingredients for life all the way back to a time when the universe was a mere youngster.

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July 27, 2005

August Launch to Mars Is Topic for Scientist's Public Talk

The project scientist for NASA's next mission to Mars, Dr. Richard Zurek, will share information and pictures about the upcoming mission during a free public lecture in Florida.

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cracked-looking surface of Enceladus

July 26, 2005

Cassini Finds Recent and Unusual Geology on Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has obtained new, detailed images of the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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image highlighting hidden spiral arms of nearby galaxy

July 25, 2005

NASA Telescope Reveals Nearby Galaxy's Invisible Arms

A new image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer shows that a galaxy once thought to be rather plain and old is actually endowed with a gorgeous set of young spiral arms.

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image depicting radio emissions at Saturn

July 25, 2005

Cassini Reveals Saturn's Eerie-Sounding Radio Emissions

Saturn's radio emissions could be mistaken for a Halloween sound track.

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Dr. Josh Willis aboard a ship

July 22, 2005

Where's the Heat? Think 'Deep Blue'

Figuring out the ocean's heat content and measuring it over time isn't easy.

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artist's concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

July 21, 2005

NASA's New Mars Orbiter Will Sharpen Vision of Exploration

NASA's next mission to Mars will examine the red planet in unprecedented detail from low orbit and provide more data about the intriguing planet than all previous missions combined.

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Artist's concept of the Mars exploration rovers.

July 15, 2005

NASA's Opportunity Rover Rolls Free on Mars

Engineers and mission managers for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission cheered when images from the Martian surface confirmed Opportunity had successfully escaped from a sand trap.

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on left, Resolute Bay seen by instrument aboard Earth Observing-1, on right, visual representation of the analysis done by JPL's new software

July 13, 2005

Software Learns to Recognize Spring Thaw

Spring thaw in the Northern Hemisphere was monitored by a new set of eyes this year -- an Earth-orbiting NASA spacecraft carrying a new version of software trained to recognize and distinguish snow, ice, and water from space.

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artist's concept showing the view from a hypothetical moon in orbit around the first known planet to reside in a tight-knit triple-star system

July 13, 2005

NASA Scientist Finds World With Triple Sunsets

A NASA-funded astronomer has discovered a world where the sun sets over the horizon, followed by a second sun and then a third.

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July 11, 2005

Spongy-Looking Hyperion Tumbles Into View

Two new Cassini views of Saturn's tumbling moon Hyperion offer the best looks yet at one of the icy, irregularly-shaped moons that orbit the giant, ringed planet.

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false-color image shows comet Tempel 1 about 50 minutes after Deep Impact's probe smashed into its surface

July 8, 2005

NASA's Deep Impact Tells a Tale of the Comet

Data from Deep Impact's instruments indicate an immense cloud of fine powdery material was released when the probe slammed into the nucleus of comet Tempel 1.

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contestants and their solar-powered cars

July 8, 2005

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Solar Cars!

High school students from across the country and Mexico are on a 1,600-mile race in hand-built, solar-powered cars.

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observed rate of sea level increase year over year, in millimeters

July 7, 2005

NASA Satellites Measure and Monitor Sea Level

For the first time, NASA has the tools and expertise to understand the rate at which sea level is changing, some of the mechanisms that drive those changes and the effects that sea level change may have worldwide.

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deep impacts camera took a picture of Tempel

July 6, 2005

Deep Impact

A picture of Tempel 1(left) taken by Deep Impact's medium-resolution camera is shown next to data of the comet taken by the spacecraft's infrared spectrometer.

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Opportunity's view after maneuvering out of sandtrap

July 5, 2005

NASA's Opportunity Rover Rolls Free on Mars

Engineers and mission managers for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission cheered when images from the Martian surface confirmed Opportunity had successfully escaped from a sand trap.

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view of Tempel 1

July 4, 2005

NASA's Deep Impact Generates its Own Spectacular Photo Flash

The hyper-speed demise of NASA's Deep Impact probe generated an immense flash of light, which provided an excellent light source for the two cameras on the Deep Impact mothership.

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initial ejecta

July 4, 2005

Deep Impact Kicks Off Fourth of July With Deep Space Fireworks

After 172 days and 431 million kilometers (268 million miles) of deep space stalking, Deep Impact successfully reached out and touched comet Tempel 1.

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artist's concept of impactor separating from flyby

July 3, 2005

Deep Impact Status Report

One hundred and seventy-one days into its 172-day journey to comet Tempel 1, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft successfully released its impactor at 11:07 p.m. Saturday, Pacific Daylight Time.

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Artist's concept of venting comet.

July 1, 2005

NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft Preps for July 4 Fireworks

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft continues to sail through its final checkout, as it hurtles toward comet Tempel 1. Impact with the comet is scheduled for 1:52 a.m. EDT, July 4 (10:52 p.m. PDT, July 3).

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artist's concept showing impactor before colliding with comet Tempel 1

June 30, 2005

It Takes a Cosmic Village to View a Comet

An international array of telescopes will train expert eyes on a dramatic encounter between NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft and a passing comet in the early hours of July 4th (EDT).

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Comet Tempel 1

June 28, 2005

NASA's Deep Impact Craft Observes Major Comet 'Outburst'

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft observed a massive, short-lived outburst of ice or other particles from comet Tempel 1 that temporarily expanded the size and reflectivity of the cloud of dust and gas (coma) that surrounds the comet nucleus.

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Titan's south polar region

June 28, 2005

NASA's Cassini Reveals Lake-Like Feature on Titan

Scientists are fascinated by a dark, lake-like feature recently observed on Saturn's moon Titan. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured a series of images showing a marking, darker than anything else around it. It is remarkably lake-like, with smooth, shore-like boundaries unlike any seen previously on Titan.

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superfluid made up of fermionic atoms

June 24, 2005

Whirling Atoms Dance Into Physics Textbooks

NASA-funded researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., have created a new form of superfluid matter.

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June 20, 2005

Cool Star Shows for Hot Summer Nights

As the mercury shoots upward and lazy summer days stretch into balmy evenings, NASA is teaming with amateur astronomy clubs across the country to share the wonders of the nighttime skies with the public.

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supernova remnant Cassiopeia A

June 9, 2005

NASA's Spitzer Captures Echo of Dead Star's Rumblings

An enormous light echo etched in the sky by a fitful dead star was spotted by the infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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artist's concept of Deep Impact impactor approaching comet Tempel 1, credit: Maas Digital

June 9, 2005

NASA Announces Spectacular Day of the Comet

After a voyage of 173 days and 431 million kilometers (268 million miles), NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft will get up-close and personal with comet Tempel 1 on July 4 (EDT).

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Map of Titan in Infrared

June 8, 2005

Scientists Discover Possible Titan Volcano

A recent flyby of Saturn's hazy moon Titan by the Cassini spacecraft has revealed evidence of a possible volcano, which could be a source of methane in Titan's atmosphere.

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Opportunity's view after maneuvering out of sandtrap

June 6, 2005

NASA's Opportunity Rover Rolls Free on Mars

Engineers and mission managers for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission cheered when images from the Martian surface confirmed Opportunity had successfully escaped from a sand trap.

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artist's concept of Phoenix on Mars

June 2, 2005

NASA's Phoenix Mars Mission Gets Thumbs Up for 2007 Launch

NASA has given the green light to a project to put a long-armed lander onto the icy ground of the far-northern martian plains.

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series of globes illustrating arctic ozone loss for winter, 2004-2005

June 2, 2005

NASA Spacecraft Measures Unusual 2005 Arctic Ozone Conditions

Despite near-record levels of chemical ozone destruction in the Arctic this winter, observations from NASA's Aura spacecraft showed that other atmospheric processes restored ozone amounts to near average and stopped high levels of harmful ultraviolet radiation from reaching Earth's surface.

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artist's concept showing visual (left) and infrared views of Tempel 1, based on Hubble and Spitzer data

June 2, 2005

NASA's Space Eyes Focus on Deep Impact Target

On July 4, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft will attempt an extraordinarily daring encounter with the far-flung comet Tempel 1, which is hurtling through space at tens of thousands of miles per hour.

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Image of Jupiter

June 1, 2005

NASA Selects New Frontiers Mission Concept Study

NASA today announced that a mission to fly to Jupiter will proceed to a preliminary design phase. The mission is called Juno, and it is the second in NASA's New Frontiers Program.

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artist's concept of Galileo at Amalthea

May 31, 2005

Icy Jupiter Moon Throws a Curve Ball at Formation Theories

Scientists studying data from NASA's Galileo spacecraft have found that Jupiter's moon Amalthea is a pile of icy rubble less dense than water.

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still from movie of star eruption

May 31, 2005

NASA Telescope Catches Surprise Ultraviolet Light Show

At 2 p.m. Pacific time on April 24, 2004, the detectors on NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer ultraviolet space telescope nearly overloaded when the star abruptly brightened by a factor of at least 10,000.

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false-color image of the Carina Nebula

May 31, 2005

Spitzer Captures Fruits of Massive Stars' Labors

The saga of how a few monstrous stars spawned a diverse community of additional stars is told in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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visual and infrared of Titan

May 25, 2005

Odd Spot on Titan Baffles Scientists

Saturn's moon Titan shows an unusual bright spot that has scientists mystified.

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Opportunity's left front wheel

May 24, 2005

NASA's Rovers Continue Martian Missions

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is trying to escape from a sand trap, while its twin, Spirit, has been busy finding new clues to a wet and violent early Martian history.

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artist's concept depicting Voyagers approaching interstellar space

May 24, 2005

Voyager Spacecraft Enters Solar System's Final Frontier

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered the solar system's final frontier.

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simulated image depicting observed structure of Saturn's rings

May 23, 2005

Cassini Radio Signals Decipher Saturn Ring Structure

The Cassini spacecraft has obtained the most detailed look ever at Saturn's rings, including the B ring, which has eluded previous robotic explorers.

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artist's concept of AcrimSat

May 20, 2005

NASA's AcrimSat Solar Spacecraft Completes Five-Year Mission

A NASA satellite that measures the variability in the amount of the Sun's energy that reaches Earth's atmosphere and impacts our winds, land and oceans has successfully accomplished its five-year primary mission.

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Global Surveyor's image of Mars Odyssey

May 19, 2005

One Mars Orbiter Takes First Photos of Other Orbiters

Photographs from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft released today are the first pictures ever taken of a spacecraft orbiting a foreign planet by another spacecraft orbiting that planet.

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map showing fault lines in the Loa Angeles area

May 19, 2005

LA's 'Big Squeeze' Continues, Straining Earthquakes

New NASA research confirms that northern metropolitan Los Angeles is being squeezed at a rate of 5 millimeters (0.2 inches) a year, straining an area between two earthquake faults that serve as geologic bookends north and south of the affected region.

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Dr. Joy Crisp

May 18, 2005

Programs Will Share Excitement of Mars Rovers

Two free public programs in Pasadena this week will offer a mission leader's account of the continuing Mars adventures of the rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

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JPL's Art Hammon teaches students about technology using a remote control rover

May 17, 2005

JPL Announces New Explorer School Partnerships

NASA today announced the selection of 50 new Explorer Schools, including five from Southern California that will be partnered with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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CloudSat suspended in facility

May 16, 2005

NASA's CloudSat Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Site

A NASA spacecraft designed to reveal the inner secrets of Earth's clouds has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final launch preparations.

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comet Tempel 1, seen by Kitt Peak

May 13, 2005

Deep Impact Mission Status Report

Fifty-nine days before going head-to-head with comet Tempel 1, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft successfully executed the second trajectory correction maneuver of the mission.

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newly discovered moon in the Keeler gap of Saturn's rings

May 10, 2005

Cassini Finds New Saturn Moon That Makes Waves

In a spectacular kick-off to its first season of prime ring viewing, which began last month, the Cassini spacecraft has confirmed earlier suspicions of an unseen moon hidden in a gap in Saturn's outer A ring.

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Rover engineers in JPL's In-Situ Instrument Lab check how a test rover moves in material chosen to simulate some difficult Mars driving conditions

May 6, 2005

Rover Team Tests Mars Moves on Earth

Mars rover engineers are using a testing laboratory to simulate specific Mars surface conditions where NASA's rover Opportunity has spun its wheels in a small dune.

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Phoebe

May 6, 2005

Scientists Discover Pluto Kin Is a Member of Saturn Family

Saturn's battered little moon Phoebe is an interloper to the Saturn system from the deep outer solar system, scientists have concluded.

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Sombrero galaxy, seen in a combined image of visible and infrared

May 4, 2005

Hats Off to Space Day From NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

NASA salutes Space Day, observed this year on May 5, with a new dramatic image of the Sombrero galaxy.

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Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Kennedy Space Center

May 2, 2005

NASA's Next Mars Spacecraft Arrives in Florida for Final Checkout

A large spacecraft destined to be Earth's next robotic emissary to Mars has completed the first leg of its journey, a cargo- plane ride from Colorado to Florida in preparation for an August launch.

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Artist's concept of Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionosphere Sounding instrument

May 2, 2005

Mars Express Radar to Be Deployed

The European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter will soon deploy its radar instrument for the first time.

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Open House welcome banner

April 29, 2005

JPL Open House: An Invitation to the Solar System and Beyond

JPL invites the public to share the "Spirit of Exploration" during its Open House on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Spirit Panomara from Lookout

April 29, 2005

Mars Rover Panorama Shows Vista from 'Lookout' Point

From a ridgeline vantage point overlooking slopes, valleys and plains, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has returned its latest color panorama of the martian landscape.

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Comet Tempel 1

April 27, 2005

NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft Spots Its Quarry

Sixty-nine days before it gets up-close-and-personal with a comet, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft successfully photographed its quarry, comet Tempel 1, from a distance of 64 million kilometers (39.7 million miles).

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Saturn Moon Epimetheus

April 27, 2005

Cassini Captures Swiss-Cheese Look of Saturn Moon

An image of Saturn's small moon, Epimetheus (epp-ee-MEE-thee-uss), was captured by the Cassini spacecraft in the closest view ever taken of the pockmarked body.

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Saturn's moon Enceladus

April 26, 2005

Cassini Finds Particles Near Saturn's Moon Enceladus

The Cassini spacecraft has discovered intriguing dust particles around Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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false color image of Titan, showing soft greens, blues and reds.

April 25, 2005

Organic Materials Spotted High Above Titan's Surface

During its closest flyby of Saturn's moon Titan on April 16, the Cassini spacecraft found that the outer layer of the thick, hazy atmosphere is brimming with complex hydrocarbons.

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dust devil on Mars

April 21, 2005

Movie Clip Shows Whirlwinds Carrying Dust on Mars

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is taking movies of dust devils -- whirlwinds carrying dust -- scooting across a plain on Mars.

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artist's concept of asteroid belt around a star

April 20, 2005

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Sees Signs of Alien Asteroid Belt

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted what may be the dusty spray of asteroids banging together in a belt that orbits a star like our Sun.

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students control robots

April 6, 2005

Regional Winners Named in Student-Built Robot Competition

Students from Southern California, Arizona, New Hampshire, Florida, Massachusetts and Canada had the opportunity to rub metal and burn rubber against some of the world's finest student-built robots during a regional competition.

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Titan, seen during Cassini's March 31 flyby

April 6, 2005

Cassini Mission Status Report

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully flew by Saturn's moon Titan at a distance of 2,402 kilometers (1,493 miles) on Thursday, March 31.

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Opportunity view near Vostok Crater

April 5, 2005

Durable Mars Rovers Sent Into Third Overtime Period

NASA has approved up to 18 more months of operations for Spirit and Opportunity, the twin Mars rovers that have already surprised engineers and scientists by continuing active exploration for more than 14 months.

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Helen Worden and family on a boat

April 1, 2005

Making Measurements That Count

JPL's Dr. Helen Worden helps turn raw satellite observations into measurements that tell us more about some important gases in the air we breathe than we have known before.

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JPL's Mary Ellen Robertson, right, tutors a student

March 28, 2005

JPL Tutors Make a Difference at Local School

JPL partners with local schools for a tutoring program.

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artist's concept of Deep Impact and comet Tempel 1

March 25, 2005

Deep Impact Mission Status Report

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has completed the commissioning phase of the mission and has moved into the cruise phase.

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Dr. Kevin Grazier

March 25, 2005

Dr. Kevin Grazier

JPL's Dr. Kevin Grazier discusses the Cassini mission and his research at JPL.

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man and girl look at space exhibit

March 23, 2005

NASA 'Ambassadors' Spread the Scientific Word

Space enthusiasts have joined together for an eighth year as part of NASA's Solar System Ambassadors Program.

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artist's concept showing what an infrared view of star and its planetary companion might look like

March 22, 2005

NASA's Spitzer Marks Beginning of New Age of Planetary Science

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has for the first time captured the light from two known planets orbiting stars other than our Sun.

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Dr. Bill Patzert stands under an umbrella

March 18, 2005

Here Comes the Rain...Again

It's raining again in Southern California, even though most of the west is having a drought.

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radar image of Santa Barbara Channel, showing natural oil seeps

March 17, 2005

NASA Researchers Use Imaging Radar to Detect Coastal Pollution

A NASA-funded study of marine pollution in Southern California concluded space-based synthetic aperture radar can be a vital observational tool for assessing and monitoring ocean hazards in urbanized coastal regions.

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Surface of Enceladus

March 16, 2005

Cassini Finds an Atmosphere on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

The Cassini spacecraft's two close flybys of Saturn's icy moon Enceladus have revealed that the moon has a significant atmosphere. Scientists, using Cassini's magnetometer instrument for their studies, say the source may be volcanism, geysers, or gases escaping from the surface or the interior.

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Rover image of Dust Devil on Mars

March 15, 2005

Diagnostic Tests Planned for Instrument on Mars Rover

NASA has suspended use of one of the mineral-identifying tools on the Opportunity Mars rover while experts troubleshoot a problem with getting data from the instrument, the robot's miniature thermal emission spectrometer.

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Topex/Poseidon data of Pacific Ocean, Dec. 10, 1997

March 10, 2005

A Tale of Two El Niños

For some, an El Niño means a welcome respite from bitter winter weather. For others, it can bring lashing rains and devastating floods.

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Surface of Titan

March 9, 2005

Cassini Images of Titan Reveal an Active, Earth-like World

Saturn's largest and hazy moon, Titan, has a surface shaped largely by Earth-like processes of tectonics, erosion, winds, and perhaps volcanism. The findings are published in this week's issue of the journal Nature.

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Little girl looks through a telescope; little boy waits his turn to view Saturn

March 7, 2005

Volunteer Network Provides Ringside Seat to Saturn

Experiencing Saturn through a telescope for the first time is a feast for the eyes.

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Astronaut Buzz Aldrin stands in front of a lunar reflector placed on the Moon

March 4, 2005

Moonbeams Shine on Einstein, Galileo and Newton

Thirty-five years after Moon-walking astronauts placed special reflectors on the lunar surface, scientists have used these devices to test Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity to unprecedented accuracy.

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Opportunity view of its surrounding on Feb. 24, 2005

March 2, 2005

Mars Rovers Break Driving Records, Examine Salty Soil

On three consecutive days, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity accomplished unprecedented feats of martian motion, covering more total ground in that period than either Opportunity or its twin, Spirit, did in their first 70 days on Mars.

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still from art installation depiciting how difficult it is to find extrasolar planets

March 1, 2005

JPL Artist Sheds Light on Pasadena Event

JPL's artist in residence will display his Light/Shadow Exhibition in Pasadena during the biannual ArtNight on Friday, March 4.

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artist's concept showing what a dusty and bright galaxy located billions of light-years away might look like close up if seen in infrared

March 1, 2005

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope Exposes Dusty Galactic Hideouts

How do you hide something as big and bright as a galaxy? You smother it in cosmic dust.

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artist's concept of arm wrestle between human and robotic arm

February 28, 2005

Artificial Muscles Get a Grip on Human Hand

Six years ago a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., issued a unique challenge: build a robotic arm using artificial muscles that could arm wrestle a human.

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large, bright and complex convective storm that appeared in Saturn's southern hemisphere

February 24, 2005

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Continues Making New Discoveries

NASA's Cassini spacecraft continues making new and exciting discoveries.

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Dr. Firouz Naderi

February 23, 2005

JPL's New Associate Director Led Successful Mars Exploration

JPL's Dr. Firouz Naderi will become the laboratory's Associate Director for Programs, Project Formulation and Strategy, effective March 7.

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montage of Spitzer images

February 22, 2005

Spitzer Space Telescope Provides Visual Feast Online

The magic of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope comes alive in an online interactive presentation.

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Image of Enceladus

February 18, 2005

Saturn's Moons Titan and Enceladus Seen by Cassini

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has had a busy week, snapping stunning new images of two of Saturn's moons -- smoggy Titan on Feb. 15 and wrinkled Enceladus on Feb. 16.

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Radar mapper image of Titan

February 16, 2005

Cassini's Radar Spots Giant Crater on Titan

A giant impact crater the size of Iowa was spotted on Saturn's moon Titan by NASA's Cassini radar instrument during Tuesday's Titan flyby.

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Three images of Saturn and its auroras

February 16, 2005

NASA Spacecraft Help Solve Saturn's Mysterious Auroras

Scientists studying data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope have found that Saturn's auroras behave differently than scientists have believed for the last 25 years.

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Peace Rock Viewed by Spirit

February 15, 2005

NASA's Twin Mars Rovers Continue Exploration

NASA's Spirit rover found a new class of water-affected rock, while its twin, Opportunity, finished inspecting its own heat shield and set a new martian driving record. The rovers successfully completed their three-month primary missions in April 2004 and are working on extended exploration missions.

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natural-color image of Saturn's rings

February 11, 2005

NASA and the Universe Send a Celestial Valentine

The candles are lit, the champagne is on ice. All you need now are flowers and a ring.

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researchers stand with cryostat insert, which was cooled to conduct the experiment

February 10, 2005

Physicists Hear High-Tech Whistle While They Work

It was music to the ears of physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, when they forced liquid helium-4 through thousands of tiny holes and heard a whistling sound.

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artist's concept of Huygens descending to Titan

February 9, 2005

NASA Observations Help Determine Titan Wind Speeds

Strong westerly winds buffeted the Huygens probe as it descended through Titan's upper atmosphere last month, according to NASA-led observations of the probe.

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Saturn's moon Mimas against the backdrop of Saturn

February 8, 2005

Cassini Spacecraft Witnesses Saturn's Blues

Colorful new images from the Cassini spacecraft show that Saturn's northern hemisphere has a case of the blues.

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Artist concept of swilring system

February 7, 2005

Astronomers Discover Beginnings of 'Mini' Solar System

Moons circle planets, and planets circle stars. Now, astronomers have learned that planets may also circle celestial bodies almost as small as planets.

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infrared image of saturn

February 3, 2005

Saturn's Bull's-Eye Marks its Hot Spot

NASA astronomers using the Keck I telescope in Hawaii are learning much more about a strange, thermal "hot spot" on the tip of Saturn's south pole.

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January 25, 2005

New Technique, New Body Found

Using a relatively new planet-hunting technique, researchers have discovered a potentially rocky, icy body that may be the smallest planet yet found orbiting a star other than our sun.

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Breaking tsunami waves along the eastern coast of India

January 19, 2005

New NASA Imagery Sheds Additional Perspectives On Tsunami

Newly released imagery from three NASA spaceborne instruments sheds valuable insights into the Indian Ocean tsunami that resulted from the magnitude 9 earthquake southwest of Sumatra on December 26.

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Iron Meteorite on Mars

January 19, 2005

Opportunity Rover Finds an Iron Meteorite on Mars

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found an iron meteorite, the first meteorite of any type ever identified on another planet.

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The surface of Titan with ice blocks strewn around

January 14, 2005

NASA Salutes Successful Huygens Probe

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe today offered congratulations to the European Space Agency (ESA) on the successful touchdown of its Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan.

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Deep Impact artist's concept

January 13, 2005

Deep Impact Mission Status Report

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft is out of safe mode and healthy, and on its way to an encounter with comet Tempel 1 on July 4, 2005.

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Launch of Deep Impact

January 12, 2005

Deep Impact Launched and Flying Toward Date With a Comet

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft began its 431 million kilometer (268 million mile) journey to comet Tempel 1 today at 1:47:08 p.m. EST.

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Images of the Trifid Nebula

January 12, 2005

Spitzer Finds Stellar Incubators with Massive Star Emryos

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered a hatchery for massive stars.

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NASA/French Satellite Data Reveal New Details of Tsunami

January 11, 2005

NASA/French Satellite Data Reveal New Details of Tsunami

For the first time, orbiting satellites have observed and measured a major tsunami event in open ocean, the Indian Ocean tsunami that resulted from the magnitude 9 earthquake southwest of Sumatra on December 26.

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JPL conference floor

January 11, 2005

JPL to Hold High-Tech Conference for Small Business

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host the 17th annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 1 and 2, at the Radisson Hotel located near Los Angeles International Airport.

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Spitzer reveals three monstrously bright galaxies, trillions of times brighter than the Sun, in the process of merging together

January 11, 2005

New Clues Found in Ongoing Mystery of Giant Galactic Blobs

Astronomers have numerous technical terms and numbering systems for describing the universe, but one type of mysterious object has yet to be classified.

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Earth

January 10, 2005

NASA Details Earthquake Effects on the Earth

NASA scientists using data from the Indonesian earthquake calculated it affected Earth's rotation, decreased the length of day, slightly changed the planet's shape, and shifted the North Pole by centimeters.

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artist concept illustrating how a massive collision of objects smashed together to create the dust ring around the nearby star Vega

January 10, 2005

Spitzer Sees Dusty Aftermath of Pluto-Sized Collision

Astronomers say a dusty disc swirling around the nearby star Vega is bigger than earlier thought.

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Image of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter being fitted with science instruments

January 7, 2005

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission Status

Even as the Spirit and Opportunity rovers complete a year of successful operation on Mars, the next major step in Mars Exploration is taking shape with preparation of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for launch in just seven months.

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Iapetus

January 7, 2005

Saturn's Moon Iapetus Shows a Bulging Waistline

Images returned by NASA's Cassini spacecraft cameras during a New Year's Eve flyby of Saturn's moon Iapetus show startling surface features that are fueling heated scientific discussions about their origin.

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Australia

January 6, 2005

NASA Goes 'Down Under' for Shuttle Mapping Mission Finale

Culminating more than four years of processing data, NASA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency have completed Earth's most extensive global topographic map.

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Iapetus

January 3, 2005

Cassini Mission Status Report

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully flew by Saturn's moon Iapetus at a distance of 123,400 kilometers (76,700 miles) on Friday, Dec. 31.

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Opportunity views its heat shield

January 3, 2005

NASA Rovers' Adventures on Mars Continue

NASA lit a birthday candle today for its twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.

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