News Articles for 2011

A Geminid meteor

December 31, 2011

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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Artist concept of GRAIL mission

December 31, 2011

First of NASA's GRAIL Spacecraft Enters Moon Orbit

The first of two NASA spacecraft to study the moon in unprecedented detail has entered lunar orbit.

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Artist concept of GRAIL mission

December 30, 2011

NASA's GRAIL-A Spacecraft 24 Hours Away From Moon

NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)-A spacecraft is within 24 hours of its insertion burn that will place it into lunar orbit.

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the twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field, as depicted in this artist's rendering.

December 28, 2011

NASA Twin Spacecraft on Final Approach for Moon Orbit

NASA's twin spacecraft to study the moon from crust to core are nearing their New Year's Eve and New Year's Day main-engine burns to place the duo in lunar orbit.

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Artist concept of GRAIL mission.

December 23, 2011

NASA Media Telecon on Probes' Moon Orbit Insertion

NASA will hold a media telecon at 11 a.m. PST on Dec. 28, to preview twin spacecraft being placed in orbit around the moon for the New Year.

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A Cosmic Wreath

December 22, 2011

WISE Presents a Cosmic Wreath

Sprigs of holly, a big red bow and silver bells appear to dress up this cosmic star-forming wreath, captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).

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Titan and Dione

December 22, 2011

NASA's Cassini Delivers Holiday Treats From Saturn

No team of reindeer, but radio signals flying clear across the solar system from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have delivered a holiday package of glorious images.

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Distant Galaxy Bursts with Stars

December 21, 2011

NASA Telescopes Help Find Rare Galaxy at Dawn of Time

A remote, blob-shaped galaxy has been found bursting with stars by NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes.

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Closer and Closer to the Vesta Surface

December 21, 2011

Dawn Obtains First Low Altitude Images of Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has sent back the first images of the giant asteroid Vesta from its low-altitude mapping orbit.

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Earth-class Planets Line Up

December 20, 2011

NASA Discovers First Earth-Size Planets Beyond Our Solar System

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system.

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Radar in Mars Orbit Maps North Polar Deposits

December 19, 2011

Radar in Mars Orbit Maps North Polar Deposits

An American-Italian radar instrument orbiting Mars has mapped the three-dimensional structure of layers beneath the surface in the planet's north polar region.

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21st Century Ecological Sensitivity - Changes in Plant Species

December 14, 2011

NASA: Climate Change May Bring Big Ecosystem Changes

By 2100, climate change will bring big changes to Earth's ecosystems, with many plants and animals facing increasing competition for survival, finds a new NASA/Caltech study.

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Mars Science Laboratory Spacecraft During Cruise, Artist's Concept

December 13, 2011

NASA Mars-Bound Rover Begins Research in Space

NASA's car-sized Curiosity rover has begun monitoring space radiation during its 8-month trip from Earth to Mars.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this unprocessed image  on  Dec. 12, 2011

December 12, 2011

Portraits of Moons Captured by Cassini

NASA's Cassini spacecraft finishes close flyby of the Saturnian moon Dione on the way to Titan.

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Dawn Orbiting Vesta

December 12, 2011

NASA's Dawn Spirals Down to Lowest Orbit

PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully maneuvered into its closest orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta today, beginning a new phase of science observations.

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Annual JPL Invention Challenge

December 9, 2011

Student Inventors Kick it Into High Gear

Twenty-three student teams used devices they built to kick a football into the can at the annual Invention Challenge, held at JPL Friday.

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Ancient Supernova Revealed

December 9, 2011

Star Explosion Leaves Behind a Rose

What appears to be a giant red rose in space is all that's left of a star that exploded long ago.

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In, Around, Beyond Rings

December 9, 2011

Cassini to Make a Double Play

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be collecting images and data during close flybys of Saturn's moons Dione and Titan.

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AEGIS Imaging Mars

December 8, 2011

NASA Presents Software of the Year Award

Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) software operating on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, is NASA's 2011 Software of the Year recipient.

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The NASA/French Space Agency Jason-1 satellite celebrates 10 years in orbit this week

December 7, 2011

NASA's Jason-1 Achieves a One-Decade Landmark

In Greek mythology, Jason embarked on an epic quest for the Golden Fleece. Today, NASA's modern-day Jason-1 achieves its own heroic status, marking its 10th birthday.

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'Homestake' Vein in Color

December 7, 2011

NASA Mars Rover Finds Mineral Vein Deposited by Water

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has found bright veins of a mineral, apparently gypsum, deposited by water.

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This scene is from early spring in the northern hemisphere of Mars.

December 7, 2011

New Tool for Touring Mars Using Detailed Images

It's now easier than ever to explore Mars in the great detail offered by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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This image using color data obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft

December 5, 2011

New NASA Dawn Visuals Show Vesta's 'Color Palette'

New color data from NASA's Dawn mission give scientists an inside look at the chemical composition of giant asteroid Vesta.

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NASA Finds Japan Tsunami Waves Merged, Doubling Power

December 5, 2011

NASA Finds Japan Tsunami Waves Merged, Doubling Power

NASA and university researchers have discovered the tsunami generated by the magnitude 9.0 quake off northeastern Japan in March 2011 was a long-hypothesized "merging tsunami"

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Closer to Finding an Earth

December 5, 2011

NASA's Kepler Confirms Its First Planet In Habitable Zone

NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the "habitable zone," the region around a star where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.

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Artist concept of Voyager 1 encountering a stagnation region

December 5, 2011

NASA's Voyager Hits New Region at Solar System Edge

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region between our solar system and interstellar space.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

December 1, 2011

Course Excellent, Adjustment Postponed

Excellent launch precision for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission has forestalled the need for an early trajectory correction maneuver, now not required for a month or more.

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Southern Enceladus in Radar View

December 1, 2011

What's That Sparkle in Cassini's Eye?

NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtains the first-ever synthetic aperture radar images of Saturn's moon Enceladus

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Artist's concept of the Deep Impact spacecraft

December 1, 2011

NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft Eyes the Future

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft completed a 140-second firing of its onboard rocket motors on Thursday, Nov. 24.

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Still from a 3-D video incorporating images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft

November 30, 2011

Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D

Glide over the giant asteroid Vesta with NASA's Dawn spacecraft in a new 3-D video.

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New groundwater and soil moisture drought indicator maps produced by NASA

November 30, 2011

NASA's Grace Helps Monitor U.S. Drought

Data on groundwater storage from NASA's twin Grace satellites are now helping monitor droughts in Texas and elsewhere in the United States.

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Artist concept of NASA's Dawn mission and Mars Science Laboratory

November 30, 2011

Trio of NASA Missions Named 'Best of What's New'

NASA's Dawn, Mars Science Laboratory and MESSENGER missions have been honored by Popular Science magazine with "Best of What's New" Award in aviation and space.

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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, sealed inside its payload fairing atop the United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket

November 26, 2011

NASA Launches Most Capable and Robust Rover to Mars

NASA began a historic voyage to Mars with the Nov. 26 launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, which carries a car-sized rover named Curiosity.

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NASA's Mars Science Laboratory soars through the sky aboard an Atlas V rocket.

November 26, 2011

Mars Science Laboratory in Good Health

Engineers have received data from NASA's Mars Science Laboratory showing that all systems are operating normally. The approximately eight-month journey to Mars is underway.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.

November 21, 2011

NASA Updates Prelaunch Events for Mars Science Lab

NASA has updated information about the news conferences and other events for the agency's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover launch.

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Movement in Martian Dune Field

November 17, 2011

NASA Orbiter Catches Mars Sand Dunes in Motion

Images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show sand dunes and ripples moving across the surface of Mars at dozens of locations and shifting up to several yards.

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Sizing up High Operating Temperature Infrared Sensors

November 17, 2011

NASA Develops New Game-Changing Technology

NASA'S turning up the heat and weaving a path toward future exploration with development of new game-changing technologies.

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Storm Tail in False Color

November 16, 2011

Cassini Chronicles Life of Saturn's Giant Storm

New images and animated movies from NASA's Cassini spacecraft chronicle the birth and evolution of the colossal storm that ravaged the northern face of Saturn for nearly a year.

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Europa's

November 16, 2011

NASA Probe Data Show Liquid Water Evidence on Europa

NASA's Galileo mission data have provided evidence of what appears to be a subsurface body of liquid water, with a volume equal to the Great Lakes, on Jupiter's moon, Europa.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover along with an illustrated astronaut bird.

November 16, 2011

NASA Hosts 150 Twitter Followers at Mars Rover Launch

NASA has invited 150 followers of the agency's Twitter account to a two-day launch Tweetup on Nov. 23 and 25 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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This artist concept of Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa

November 15, 2011

NASA Hosting Science Update About Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa

NASA will host a Science Update at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, Nov. 16, to discuss new theories concerning Jupiter's icy moon Europa.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

November 14, 2011

Voyager 2 Completes Switch to Backup Thruster Set

NASA's Voyager 2 has successfully switched to the backup set of thrusters that controls the roll of the spacecraft.

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This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained on Nov. 7, 2011, at 11:45 a.m.

November 11, 2011

NASA Releases Updated Radar Movie of Asteroid 2005 YU55

NASA Scientists working with the Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have released a second, longer, more refined movie clip of asteroid 2005 YU55.

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The Tarantula Nebula

November 10, 2011

The Tarantula Glows with X-rays and Infrared Light

The Tarantula nebula can be seen here in a web of dust and multimillion-degree gas.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

November 10, 2011

NASA Sets Mars Science Laboratory Launch Coverage

The launch of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory with the Curiosity rover has been delayed one day, until Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7:02 a.m. PST (10:02 a.m. EST).

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Cooking up the First Stars

November 10, 2011

New Study Shows Very First Stars Not Monstrous

The very first stars in our universe were not the behemoths scientists had once thought, according to new simulations performed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Preparing in Florida for Launch to Mars

November 10, 2011

NASA Ready for November Launch of Car-Size Mars Rover

NASA's most advanced mobile robotic laboratory, which will examine one of the mostintriguing areas on Mars, is in final preparations for a Nov. 25 launch from Florida.

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This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained on Nov. 7, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. PST

November 8, 2011

NASA Releases Radar Movie of Asteroid 2005 YU55

Scientists working with the 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have generated a short movie clip of asteroid 2005 YU55.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory rover

November 8, 2011

NASA to Hold Media Briefing About Mars Rover Launch

NASA will hold a news conference Thursday, Nov. 10, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Mars Science Laboratory, with the largest and most capable rover going to another planet.

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This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained on Nov. 7, 2011, at 11:45 a.m. PST

November 7, 2011

NASA Captures New Images of Large Asteroid Passing Earth

NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. has captured new radar images of Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing close to Earth.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this unprocessed image of Enceladus

November 7, 2011

Cassini Flyby Focuses on Saturn's Moon Enceladus

Saturn's moon Enceladus shows its icy face and famous plumes in raw, unprocessed images captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its successful flyby on Nov. 6, 2011.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath

November 5, 2011

Voyager 2 to Switch to Backup Thruster Set

NASA's Deep Space Network personnel sent commands to the Voyager 2 spacecraft Nov. 4 to switch to the backup set of thrusters that controls the roll of the spacecraft.

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Enceladus 'E-16' Flyby: Radar Looks at Enceladus

November 3, 2011

NASA's Cassini Makes a New Pass at Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will acquire the first detailed radar images of Saturn's moon Enceladus during a flyby on Sunday, Nov. 6.

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This image was taken by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer

November 2, 2011

Where on Earth? Take the Quiz

Test your skills as a geographical detective in the latest "Where on Earth?" quiz from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Clay Minerals in Craters and Escarpments on Mars

November 2, 2011

NASA Study of Clays Suggests Watery Mars Underground

A new NASA study suggests if life ever existed on Mars, the longest lasting habitats were most likely below the Red Planet's surface.

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Mysteries of the Solar System slideshow

October 31, 2011

'Mysteries' Slideshow Highlights Spooky Side of Space

A disappearing Martian 'bunny,' the Saturn 'hex' and Jupiter's scar face are all featured in an all-new, mysterious slideshow from JPL's Education Office.

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Delta II lifts off carrying NPP

October 31, 2011

NASA Launches JPL-Built Earth Science Experiment

The launch of NASA's newest Earth spacecraft also deployed a small research satellite with a JPL-built experiment that will prove technology for future Earth missions.

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In visible light, the star-forming cloud catalogued as NGC 281 in the constellation of Cassiopeia appears to be chomping through the cosmos

October 26, 2011

'Pacman' Nebula Gets Some Teeth

When viewed in infrared light by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, the "Pacman" nebula looks hungrier than usual.

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This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was generated from data taken in April of 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico.

October 26, 2011

NASA in Final Preparations for Nov. 8 Asteroid Flyby

NASA scientists will be tracking asteroid 2005 YU55 with antennas of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., as the space rock safely flies past Earth slightly closer than the moon's orbit on Nov. 8.

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Trajectory of comet Elenin.

October 25, 2011

NASA Says Comet Elenin Gone and Should Be Forgotten

Latest indications are this relatively small comet has broken into even smaller, even less significant, chunks of dust and ice.

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All Eyes on Oldest Recorded Supernova

October 24, 2011

NASA Telescopes Help Solve Ancient Supernova Mystery

A mystery that began nearly 2,000 years ago, when Chinese astronomers witnessed what would turn out to be an exploding star in the sky, has been solved.

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Dr. Charles Elachi stands in Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.,

October 20, 2011

National Academy of Engineering Honors JPL Director

Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has been honored by the National Academy of Engineering.

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This artist's concept illustrates an icy planet-forming disk around a young star called TW Hydrae

October 20, 2011

Herschel Finds Oceans of Water in Disk of Nearby Star

Using data from the Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have detected for the first time cold water vapor enveloping a dusty disk around a young star.

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These two views of Saturn's moon Enceladus were made from data obtained by Cassini spacecraft

October 20, 2011

Latest Cassini Images of Enceladus on View

This raw, unprocessed image of Enceladus and its jets was taken on Oct. 19, 2011.

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Neutron Generator of Instrument for Detecting Water-Bearing Minerals

October 20, 2011

Mars Rover Carries Device for Underground Scouting

Russia has provided a neutron-shooting instrument called DAN that will enable NASA's next Mars rover to detect water-bearing minerals buried underneath the rover.

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These two infrared images were taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in 2004 and 2009.

October 19, 2011

Spitzer Snaps a Picture of the Coolest of Companions

Astronomers find a star with a companion as cool as Earth.

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early rocket motor test

October 19, 2011

The Spark of a New Era

Three-quarters of a century ago, a small team of banished rocketeers lit a fuse that would eventually carry America to every planet in the solar system.

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It's Raining Comets

October 19, 2011

NASA's Spitzer Detects Comet Storm in Nearby Solar System

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected signs of icy bodies raining down in an alien solar system.

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Bursting at the Seams

October 18, 2011

Orion's Belt Lights Up Cassini's View of Enceladus

NASA's Cassini mission will take advantage of the position of two of the three stars in Orion's belt when the spacecraft flies by Saturn's moon Enceladus on Wed., Oct. 19.

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3-D perspective view of California's Mt. Whitney

October 17, 2011

NASA, Japan Release Improved Topographic Map of Earth

NASA and Japan released a significantly improved version of the most complete digital topographic map of Earth on Monday, produced with detailed measurements from NASA's Terra spacecraft.

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Capturing the Surface of Asteroid Vesta

October 12, 2011

NASA's Dawn Science Team Presents Early Science Results

Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission have provided details about the southern hemisphere of Vesta, which boasts one of the largest mountains in the solar system.

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An American Rocketeer

October 11, 2011

Caltech Event Marks 75th Anniversary of JPL Rocket Tests

The 75th anniversary of the first rocket experiments at the site that became JPL will be celebrated with a free, public screening of a new documentary at Caltech on Oct. 25.

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Oblique View of Vesta's South Polar Region

October 10, 2011

New View of Vesta Mountain From NASA's Dawn Mission

A new image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a mountain three times as high as Mt. Everest, amidst the topography in the south polar region of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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Approaching Endeavour Crater, Sol 2,680

October 10, 2011

Video Documents Three-Year Trek on Mars by NASA Rover

A sequence of images, each taken at the end of a Martian day's drive, and a soundtrack from rover accelerometer data make a unique audio-visual record of a trek on Mars.

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The left image shows the star HR 8799 as seen by Hubble's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer in 1998.

October 6, 2011

Astronomers Find Elusive Planets in Decade-Old Hubble Data

Scientists are digging up planetary finds from old images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

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the twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field, as depicted in this artist's rendering.

October 6, 2011

NASA's Moon Twins Going Their Own Way

NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)-B spacecraft successfully executed its first flight path correction maneuver Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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Connecting Curiosity’s Heat Shield and Back Shell

October 5, 2011

Mars Science Laboratory Meets its Match in Florida

In a "match made for Mars," major components of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory have been connected at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, several weeks before launch.

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New measurements from the Herschel Space Observatory have discovered water with the same chemical signature as our oceans in a comet called Hartley 2

October 5, 2011

Space Observatory Provides Clues to Creation of Earth's Oceans

Astronomers have found a new cosmic source for the same kind of water that appeared on Earth billions of years ago and created the oceans.

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Artist concept of GRAIL mission. Grail will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail.

October 3, 2011

NASA Invites Students to Name Moon-Bound Spacecraft

NASA has a class assignment for U.S. students: help the agency give the twin spacecraft headed to orbit around the moon new names.

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Artist concept of Mars Exploration Rover. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

October 3, 2011

NASA Mars Rovers Win Popular Mechanics 'Breakthrough' Award

NASA Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity, and the team that made and operated them, will receive a lifetime achievement award from Popular Mechanics magazine this month.

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Cassini Catches Enceladus in Action

October 3, 2011

Saturn's Geyser Moon Enceladus Shows off for NASA's Cassini

NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully completed its Oct. 1 flyby of Saturn's moon Enceladus and its dramatic plumes of water vapor and ice.

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North polar region views showing levels of ozone and chlorine monoxide

October 2, 2011

NASA Leads Study of Unprecedented Arctic Ozone Loss

A NASA-led study has documented an unprecedented depletion of Earth's protective ozone layer above the Arctic last winter and spring caused by an unusually prolonged period of extremely low temperatures in the stratosphere.

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In this image of Vesta north is up and the upper right corner is to the northeast.

September 30, 2011

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Begins New Vesta Mapping Orbit

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has completed a gentle spiral into its new science orbit for an even closer view of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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A -seismic hotspot- map produced using the NASA-funded.

September 29, 2011

NASA-Funded Quake Forecast Gets High Score in Study

A NASA-funded method for forecasting earthquakes in California has received high marks in a comparative study of seven earthquake forecasts.

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Survey Explorer (FINESSE), a proposed mission.

September 29, 2011

NASA Selects Science Investigations For Concept Studies

NASA has selected 11 science proposals, including one from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, for evaluation as potential future science missions.

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NEOWISE observations indicate that there are about 20,500

September 29, 2011

NASA Space Telescope Finds Fewer Asteroids Near Earth

New observations by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, show there are significantly fewer near-Earth asteroids in the mid-size range than previously thought.

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September 28, 2011

JPL Participates in Space-Themed Corn Maze

The seven participating farms around the country planted and designed NASA-themed corn mazes.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover along with an illustrated astronaut bird.

September 28, 2011

NASA Announces Tweetup for Mars Rover Launch

NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Nov. 23 and 25 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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

September 26, 2011

NASA to Host News Conference on Asteroid Search Findings

NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT) on Thurs., Sept. 29, to reveal near-Earth asteroid findings and implications for future research.

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The first global map of the salinity, or saltiness, of Earth's ocean surface.

September 22, 2011

Aquarius Yields NASA's First Global Map of Ocean Salinity

NASA's new Aquarius instrument has produced its first global map of the salinity of the ocean surface, providing an early glimpse of the mission's anticipated discoveries.

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Water vapor and ice erupt from Saturn's moon Enceladus, the source of a newly discovered donut-shaped cloud around Saturn.

September 21, 2011

Saturn's Moon Enceladus Spreads Its Influence

Chalk up one more feat for Saturn's intriguing moon Enceladus. The small, dynamic moon spews out dramatic plumes of water vapor and ice -- first seen by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2005.

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Flaring Black Hole

September 20, 2011

NASA's WISE Mission Captures Black Hole's Wildly Flaring Jet

Astronomers using NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have captured rare data of a flaring black hole, revealing new details about these powerful objects and their blazing jets.

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Searching for the Origins of the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid

September 19, 2011

Origin of Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Remains a Mystery

The family of asteroids some believed was responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs is not likely the culprit according to new observations.

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Montage of our solar system.

September 16, 2011

NASA Announces Two Game-Changing Space Technology Projects

NASA has selected two game-changing space technology projects for development.

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A quintet of Saturn's moons come together in the Cassini spacecraft's field of view for this portrait.

September 16, 2011

Cassini Presents Saturn Moon Quintet

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captures five Saturnian moons in one image. Janus, Pandora, Enceladus, Mimas, Rhea and Saturn's rings are depicted in crisp grayscale.

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Viewing the South Pole of Vesta

September 16, 2011

NASA's Dawn Collects a Bounty of Beauty from Vesta

A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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Where the Sun Sets Twice

September 15, 2011

NASA's Kepler Discovery Confirms First Planet Orbiting Two Stars

The existence of a world with a double sunset, as portrayed in the film Star Wars more than 30 years ago, is now scientific fact.

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This photo illustration of a different fireball was taken in 1966 by astronomer Jim Young.

September 15, 2011

Meteor Likely Cause of Southwest U.S. Light Show

A meteor is the most probable cause of a bright, colorful fireball witnessed by people in a wide swath of the southwestern United States.

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A desert on Earth

September 14, 2011

NASA Mars Research Helps Find Buried Water on Earth

A NASA-led team has used radar sounding technology developed to explore Mars' subsurface to map, for the first time, freshwater aquifers buried deep beneath an Earth desert.

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Shadow Across 'Chester Lake' on Endeavour Rim, Sol 2710

September 14, 2011

NASA Rover Inspects Next Rock at Endeavour

The second rock that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is examining in its new neighborhood offers a taste of bedrock.

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Artist's concept of Kepler

September 14, 2011

NASA to Announce Kepler Discovery at Media Briefing

NASA will host a news briefing at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT), Thursday, Sept. 15, to announce a new discovery by the Kepler mission.

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In this artist's conception, a galaxy accretes mass from rapid, narrow streams of cold gas.

September 13, 2011

Herschel Mission Finds Galactic Growth Slow and Steady

New findings from the Herschel Space Observatory paint a more tranquil picture of galaxy growth than previously thought.

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Memorial Image Taken on Mars on Sept. 11, 2011

September 12, 2011

Memorial Image Taken on Mars on September 11, 2011

A view of a memorial to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center towers was taken on Mars yesterday, on the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

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NASA's GRAIL mission blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. Image credit: NASA

September 10, 2011

NASA Launches Mission to Study Moon From Crust to Core

NASA's twin lunar Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 9:08 a.m. EDT (6:08 a.m. PDT)Saturday, Sept. 10.

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NASA's GRAIL Mission Lifts Off

September 10, 2011

NASA GRAIL Mission to the Moon Underway

NASA's GRAIL mission to study the moon from crust to core successfully lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Pad SLC-17B at 9:08 a.m. EDT (6:08 a.m. PDT).

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NASA's GRAIL twin spacecraft await launch atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

September 10, 2011

Launch Postponed Until Saturday

The launch of NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission has been postponed until Saturday, Sept. 10, with the first opportunity at 5:29 a.m. PDT (8:29 a.m. EDT).

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These images show the various stages of pre-launch preparations of NASA's twin GRAIL spacecraft

September 10, 2011

GRAIL Launch Milestones

NASA's GRAIL mission blasts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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Artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

September 8, 2011

Orbiter Resumes Use of Camera

Operators of NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are resuming use of the mission's highest resolution camera following a second precautionary shutdown in two weeks.

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The piece of metal with the American flag on it in this image of a NASA rover on Mars.

September 8, 2011

Tributes to Terrorism Victims are on Mars

Two interplanetary memorials to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks reside on Mars in tools from New York used by NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

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NASA's GRAIL twin spacecraft await launch atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

September 8, 2011

NASA GRAIL Moon Mission Launch Rescheduled

The launch of a Delta II vehicle carrying NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) was scrubbed today, Thursday, Sept. 8, due to weather.

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NASA's MISR instrument on its Terra spacecraft captured this image of wildfires burning throughout eastern Texas on Sept. 5, 2011.

September 7, 2011

NASA Spacecraft Sees Wind-Whipped Fires in East Texas

Some of the more than 170 major wildfires that have erupted throughout drought-stricken Texas in the past week are visible in this NASA satellite image of east Texas.

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NASA's new Web-based application

September 2, 2011

NASA Gives Public New Internet Tool to Explore the Solar System

NASA is giving the public the power to journey through the solar system using a new interactive Web-based tool.

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This artist's concept of an astronaut bird on the moon illustrates the space enthusiast community on Twitter.

September 1, 2011

NASA Invites 150 Twitter Followers to Lunar Launch

NASA has invited 150 followers of the agency's Twitter accounts to a two-day launch Tweetup Sept. 7-8.

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Aquarius - SAC-D Artist's Concept

September 1, 2011

Aquarius Makes First Ocean Salt Measurements

NASA's Aquarius instrument has successfully completed its commissioning phase and is now "tasting" the saltiness of Earth's ocean surface.

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Opportunity at Work Examining 'Tisdale 2,' Sol 2695

September 1, 2011

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Begins Study of Martian Crater

The initial work of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity at its new location on Mars shows surface compositional differences from anything it has studied in its first 7.5 years on Mars.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.

August 31, 2011

Launch Preparations Report

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project continues to press ahead with launch preparation activities, planning to use additional time before encapsulating the rover in the launch vehicle's nose cone.

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This image of Earth (on the left) and the moon (on the right) was taken by NASA's Juno spacecraft on Aug. 26, 2011

August 30, 2011

Jupiter-Bound Space Probe Captures Earth And Moon

On its way to the biggest planet in the solar system -- Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft took time to capture its home planet and its natural satellite -- the moon.

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Artist concept of Mars Exploration Rover. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

August 30, 2011

NASA Announces Media Telecon About Opportunity Rover

NASA will host a media teleconference on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 12:30 p.m. PDT (3:30 p.m. EDT) to discuss progress of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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The storm's coldest cloud top temperatures and intense rains are shown in purples and blues.

August 28, 2011

NASA Satellite Shows a Mean Irene's Fury

A new NASA satellite image highlights Irene's intense precipitation as it moved into New England on Aug. 28.

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Hurricane Irene

August 27, 2011

NASA/ISRO Image Shows Irene's Winds Before Landfall

Hurricane Irene's wind speeds and wind directions are shown in a new satellite image taken shortly before landfall in North Carolina on Aug. 27.

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Infrared image of Hurricane Irene taken at 1:59 p.m. EDT (17:59 UTC) on Aug. 26, 2011

August 26, 2011

Track Irene's Progress on NASA Hurricane Websites

Large and powerful Hurricane Irene is poised to become the first hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Ike in 2008.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Hyperion on Aug. 25, 2011.

August 26, 2011

Cassini Closes in on Saturn's Tumbling Moon Hyperion

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured new views of Saturn's oddly shaped moon Hyperion during its encounter with this cratered body on Thursday, Aug. 25.

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The payload fairing is added to the GRAIL booster

August 25, 2011

NASA Moon Mission in Final Preparations for September Launch

NASA's Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission to study the moon is in final launch preparations for a scheduled Sept. 8 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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GRAIL Artist's Rendition

August 24, 2011

NASA Sets GRAIL Launch Coverage Events

NASA's GRAIL spacecraft is set to launch to the moon aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket on Sept. 8, 2011, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

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Y Dwarf Chillin' in Space

August 23, 2011

NASA's Wise Mission Discovers Coolest Class of Stars

Scientists using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have discovered the coldest class of star-like bodies, with temperatures as cool as the human body.

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The red line in this image shows the long-term increase in global sea level

August 23, 2011

NASA Satellites Detect Pothole on Road to Higher Seas

While global sea level rise has been steady for most of the past two decades, every once in a while, such as this past year, it hits a speed bump. NASA scientists explain why.

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Artist rendering of an atomic clock used in a GPS system.

August 22, 2011

NASA Picks Three Proposals for Flight Demonstration

NASA has selected three proposals, including one from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., as Technology Demonstration Missions to transform space communications, deep space navigation and in-space propulsion capabilities.

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Artist concept of GRAIL mission. Grail will fly twin spacecraft in tandem orbits around the moon to measure its gravity field in unprecedented detail.

August 22, 2011

NASA Hosts News Conference on Upcoming Moon Mission

NASA will host a news conference at 8 a.m. PDT on Thursday Aug. 25, to discuss the upcoming launch of the Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission.

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'Ridout' Rock on Rim of Odyssey Crater

August 19, 2011

New Rover Snapshots Capture Endeavour Crater Vistas

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has captured eye-catching images of Martian terrain from its new perch at Endeavour Crater.

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Mid-Infrared Instrument inside a test chamber

August 18, 2011

Webb Telescope Instrument Completes Cryogenic Testing

An instrument designed to probe the early universe has undergone tests mimicking the harsh conditions of space.

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NASA's twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft

August 18, 2011

NASA's GRAIL Moon Twins are Joined to Their Booster

NASA's lunar-bound GRAIL twins were mated to their Delta II launch vehicle at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Launch Complex 17.

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First complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica, derived from radar interferometric data

August 18, 2011

NASA Research Yields Full Map of Antarctic Ice Flow

NASA-funded researchers have created the first complete map of the speed and direction of ice flow in Antarctica.

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Trajectory of comet Elenin.

August 16, 2011

Comet Elenin Poses No Threat to Earth

Comet Elenin, like most comets, is harmless. NASA scientists share the facts about Elenin, which will pass at a safe 22 million miles from Earth in October.

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This view of Earth comes from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite.

August 16, 2011

NASA Research Confirms it's a Small World, After All

Our planet Earth is not expanding, as some scientists had previously speculated.

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An artist's concept of graphene, buckyballs and C70 superimposed on an image of the Helix planetary nebula, a puffed-out cloud of material expelled by a dying star

August 15, 2011

Honeycomb Carbon Crystals Possibly Detected in Space

Flat flakes of carbon have been tentatively spotted in space.

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3-D view of the surface rupture of the 2010 El Mayor-Cucapah earthquake

August 11, 2011

Unusual Fault Pattern Surfaces in Earthquake Study

Researchers have discovered a warped and complicated pattern in the depths of the faults that triggered an April 2010 earthquake in Mexico.

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At Astrotech Space Operation's payload processing facility in Titusville, Fla.,

August 11, 2011

GRAIL Launch Less Than One Month Away

GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B - completed their final inspections and were weighed one final time at the Astrotech Space Operations facility in Titusville, Fla., on Tuesday.

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3D Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region

August 11, 2011

NASA's Asteroid Photographer Beams Back Science Data

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is now in its first science-collecting orbit at Vesta.

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Weighing in on the Dumbbell Nebula

August 10, 2011

A Cosmic Inkblot Test

What do you see when you look at this strange mix of shapes from space?

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West Rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars

August 10, 2011

NASA Mars Rover Arrives at New Site on Martian Surface

After a journey of almost three years, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the Red Planet's Endeavour crater to study rocks never seen before.

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Three of Titan's major surface features-dunes

August 8, 2011

Putting it all Together on Titan

Three of Titan's major surface features -- dunes, craters and the enigmatic Xanadu -- appear in this radar image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its panoramic camera to capture this view of a portion of Endeavour crater's rim

August 8, 2011

NASA Mars Rover Approaches Long-Term Goal

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity may reach the rim of Endeavour crater in coming days.

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NASA's Juno mission lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

August 5, 2011

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Launches to Jupiter

NASA's solar-powered Juno spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 9:25 a.m. PDT (12:25 p.m. EDT) Friday to begin a five-year journey to Jupiter.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft awaits launch from inside the payload fairing atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V-551

August 4, 2011

Juno Launch Milestones

NASA's Juno spacecraft has successfully separated from the Centaur upper stage of its Atlas V rocket. It is on its way to Jupiter.

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Oblique View of Warm Season Flows in Newton Crater

August 4, 2011

NASA Spacecraft Data Suggest Water Flowing on Mars

Observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have revealed possible flowing water during the warmest months on Mars.

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LEGO Figurines Aboard Juno

August 3, 2011

Juno Spacecraft to Carry Three Figurines to Jupiter Orbit

NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft will carry the 1.5-inch likeness of Galileo Galilei, the Roman god Jupiter and his wife Juno to Jupiter when the spacecraft launches on Aug. 5.

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A plaque dedicated to the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei can be seen here on NASA's Juno spacecraft.

August 3, 2011

Juno Jupiter Mission to Carry Plaque Dedicated to Galileo

A plaque dedicated to the famous astronomer Galileo Galilei will be carried to Jupiter aboard NASA's Juno spacecraft.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft passes in front of Jupiter in this artist's depiction.

August 3, 2011

NASA's Jupiter Probe Ready for Launch

NASA's Juno spacecraft is getting ready to lift off on Friday, Aug. 5, 2011.

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Artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

August 3, 2011

NASA Announces News Briefing on Mars Orbiter Science Finding

NASA will host a news briefing on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) about a significant new Mars science finding.

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This still image from a Juno mission animation shows how the spinning spacecraft might look during deployment of its giant solar arrays.

August 1, 2011

NASA Invites Twitter Followers to Launch of Juno Spacecraft

NASA has invited 150 followers of the agency's Twitter account to a two-day launch Tweetup Aug. 4-5.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft is shown in orbit above Jupiter's colorful clouds in this artist's rendering.

August 1, 2011

Juno to Show Jupiter's Magnetic Field in High-Def

When it comes to magnetic fields, Jupiter is the ultimate muscle car. NASA's Juno mission will help figure out how this mighty engine works.

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Full-Frame Image of Vesta

August 1, 2011

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Begins Science Orbits of Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling towards its first of four intensive science orbits.

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The inset is an artist's concept of a collection of oxygen molecules. The image of the Orion nebula was taken in infrared light

August 1, 2011

Herschel Telescope Detects Oxygen Molecules in Space

The Herschel Space Observatory's large telescope and state-of-the-art infrared detectors have provided the first confirmed finding of oxygen molecules in space.

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NASA Satellite Tracks Severity of African Drought

July 28, 2011

NASA Satellite Tracks Severity of African Drought

New data from NASA's Aqua spacecraft highlight the extreme dryness that is currently gripping northeast Africa, contributing to spreading famine.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 23, 2011

July 28, 2011

NASA's Dawn's Spacecraft Views Dark Side of Vesta

NASA's Dawn mission, in orbit around Vesta, captures a new image from a distance of 3,200 miles (5,200) kilometers from the giant asteroid.

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Artist's concept of the Dawn spacecraft

July 28, 2011

NASA to Unveil Vesta Images at News Conference

NASA will host a news conference on Monday, Aug. 1 to discuss the Dawn spacecraft's successful orbit insertion around Vesta and unveil images from Dawn's framing camera.

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Earth's New Trojan Friend

July 27, 2011

NASA's WISE Finds Earth's First Trojan Asteroid

Astronomers studying observations taken by NASA's WISE mission have discovered the first known "Trojan" asteroid orbiting the sun along with Earth.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft passes in front of Jupiter in this artist's depiction.

July 27, 2011

NASA's Jupiter-Bound Juno Spacecraft Mated to its Rocket

NASA's Juno spacecraft has completed a 15-mile (25-kilometer) trip from Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., to its Cape Canaveral launch pad.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft passes in front of Jupiter in this artist's depiction.

July 26, 2011

NASA Sets Launch Coverage Events for Mission to Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft is set to launch toward Jupiter aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket on Aug. 5.

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Paul Siegele, President of Chevron Energy Technology (left) and Charles Elachi, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director (right)

July 25, 2011

NASA and Chevron Partner to Benefit the Energy Industry

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and Chevron Corporation in San Ramon, Calif., have announced a partnership to develop a range of advanced technologies that can be used in harsh environments, both on Earth and in space.

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Artist's concept of NASA Juno spacecraft at the planet Jupiter

July 22, 2011

NASA Briefing to Preview Upcoming Mission to Jupiter

NASA will hold a news briefing on Wednesday, July 27 to discuss preparations for the upcoming Juno mission to Jupiter.

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Artist concept of GRAIL mission.

July 22, 2011

NASA Announces Launch Tweetup for GRAIL Moon Mission

NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Sept. 7-8 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Quasar Drenched in Water Vapor

July 22, 2011

Astronomers Find Largest, Most Distant Reservoir of Water

Astronomers, including a team led by Matt Bradford of JPL, found a feeding black hole soaking in water vapor.

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Oblique view of Gale Crater from the Northwest

July 22, 2011

NASA's Next Mars Rover to Land at Gale Crater

NASA's next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet's Gale crater.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 18, 2011.

July 21, 2011

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Beams Back New Photo

NASA's Dawn mission, in orbit around Vesta, captured the latest image from a distance of about 6,500 miles (10,500 kilometers) kilometers from the giant asteroid.

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montage of planets

July 20, 2011

JPL Announces Personnel Appointments

Charles Elachi, director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., has announced three personnel appointments effective on Aug. 15.

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Spider Web of Stars in IC 342

July 20, 2011

Spitzer Sees Spider Web of Stars

Stars appear to be caught in a galactic web in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Drive Direction Image by Opportunity After Surpassing 20 Miles

July 19, 2011

NASA's Opportunity Tops 20 Miles of Mars Driving

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity completed a drive on July 17 that took the vehicle's total driving distance on Mars past 20 miles.

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Milky Way galaxy

July 19, 2011

Twisted Tale of our Galaxy's Ring

New observations from the Herschel Space Observatory show a bizarre, twisted ring of dense gas at the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

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Technicians use an overhead crane to lower NASA's Juno spacecraft onto a fueling stand at Astrotech's Hazardous Processing Facility in Titusville, Fla.

July 19, 2011

Juno Processing Continues in Florida

NASA's Juno spacecraft in final preparations for the opening of its launch period Aug. 5, 2011.

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Curiosity - The Next Mars Rover

July 18, 2011

NASA to Announce Landing Site for New Mars Rover

NASA and the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum will host a news conference 10 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 22 to announce the selected landing site for the next Mars rover.

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Latest Image of Vesta captured by Dawn on July 17, 2011

July 18, 2011

NASA Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft, illustrated in this artist's concept, is propelled by ion engines.

July 16, 2011

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Asteroid Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Saturday became the first probe ever to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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This visitor from deep space, seen here by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

July 14, 2011

Comet Hartley 2 Leaves a Bumpy Trail

Comet Hartley 2 is a little bit like Hansel and Gretel, leaving behind a trail of ice crumbs as it circles the sun.

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Asteroid Vesta

July 14, 2011

NASA Spacecraft to Enter Asteroid's Orbit on July 15

On July 15, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin a prolonged encounter with the asteroid Vesta, making the mission the first to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft, illustrated in this artist's concept, is propelled by ion engines.

July 7, 2011

Dawn Team Members Check out Spacecraft

Mission managers for NASA's Dawn spacecraft are studying the spacecraft's ion propulsion system after Dawn experienced a loss of thrust on June 27.

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Juno and Jupiter artist's depiction

July 7, 2011

Gas Giant Spacecraft All Gassed Up

NASA's Juno spacecraft is in the final preparation stages for its mission to Jupiter.

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This layout compares two pictures of a supernova remnant called SN 1987A

July 7, 2011

Herschel Helps Solve Mystery of Cosmic Dust Origins

New observations from the infrared Herschel Space Observatory reveal that an exploding star expelled the equivalent of between 160,000 and 230,000 Earth masses of fresh dust.

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Catching Its Tail

July 6, 2011

Cassini Captures Images and Sounds of Saturn Storm

Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft now have the first-ever, up-close details of a Saturn storm that is eight times the surface area of Earth.

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Workers guide Juno's Centaur upper stage onto the mission's waiting Atlas V rocket.

July 5, 2011

NASA's Spacecraft T-Minus One Month to Jupiter Period

NASA's Juno spacecraft is one month away from the opening of its launch period.

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This split view shows how a normal spiral galaxy around our local universe

June 30, 2011

NASA's Spitzer Finds Distant Galaxies Grazed on Gas

Galaxies once thought of as voracious tigers are more like grazing cows, according to a new study using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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The latest satellite data of Pacific Ocean sea surface heights

June 29, 2011

La Niña's Exit Leaves Climate Forecasts in Limbo

The Pacific Ocean is currently in between its periodic El Niño and La Niña climate patterns. And that generally means headaches for weather and climate forecasters.

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Best known as Messier 78, the two round greenish nebulae are actually cavities carved out of the surrounding dark dust clouds.

June 29, 2011

Making a Spectacle of Star Formation in Orion

The universe sports a pair of infrared shades, as seen in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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The path of a near-Earth object expected to make a pass by Earth June 25 and 26, 2011.

June 24, 2011

Small Asteroid to Whip Past Earth on June 27, 2011

An asteroid designated 2011 MD will safely pass Earth in the early morning hours.

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Juno spacecraft undergoes testing at Astrotech payload processing facility, Titusville, Fla.

June 24, 2011

Juno Blanket Check

Juno undergoes testing prior to its August launch to Jupiter.

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Mars Rover Curiosity in Artist's Concept, Close-up

June 24, 2011

New Animation Depicts Next Mars Rover in Action

A new, high-definition animation of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission combines real scenes of Mars with spacecraft events such as landing on Mars and drilling into rocks.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft passes in front of Jupiter in this artist's depiction.

June 24, 2011

NASA to Host Launch Tweetup for Jupiter-Bound Mission

NASA will host a two-day launch Tweetup for 150 of its Twitter followers on Aug. 4-5 at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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Artist Rendering of the Genesis Spacecraft

June 23, 2011

NASA Mission Suggests Sun and Planets Constructed Differently

Researchers analyzing samples returned by NASA's 2004 Genesis mission have discovered that our sun and its inner planets may have formed differently than previously thought.

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Dawn Approaching Vesta

June 23, 2011

Dawn Nears Start of Year-Long Stay at Giant Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid.

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Curiosity, the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, along with the mission's descent stage, arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

June 23, 2011

NASA Mars Rover Arrives in Florida After Cross-Country Flight

NASA's next Mars rover has completed the journey from its California birthplace to Florida in preparation for launch this fall.

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Bursting at the Seams

June 22, 2011

Cassini Captures Ocean-Like Spray at Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered the best evidence yet for a large-scale saltwater reservoir beneath the icy crust of Saturn's moon Enceladus.

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This image combines visible light exposures of galaxy cluster Abell 2744

June 21, 2011

Astronomers Investigate Galactic Crash

A team of scientists, including Jason Rhodes and Leonidas Moustakas of JPL, has pieced together the violent history of a galactic pile-up.

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Airborne Testing for Mars Landing Radar by Dryden F/A-18

June 21, 2011

Radar for Mars Gets Flight Tests at NASA Dryden

In a series of diving flights, an F/A-18 aircraft at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in California is carrying a test model of the radar for the next landing on Mars.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft, illustrated in this artist's concept, is propelled by ion engines.

June 20, 2011

NASA Hosts Preview of Visit to Large Asteroid

NASA will host a news briefing at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, June 23, to discuss the Dawn spacecraft's year-long visit to the large asteroid Vesta.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft obtained this unprocessed image of Saturn's moon Helene on June 18, 2011.

June 20, 2011

Cassini Captures Ice Queen Helene

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has successfully completed its second-closest encounter with Saturn's icy moon Helene, beaming down raw images of the small moon.

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Introducing Comet Hartley 2

June 16, 2011

Science Paper Details NASA Epoxi Flyby of Hyper Comet

NASA's EPOXI mission found that Comet Hartley 2 is a hyperactive little comet, spewing out more water than most other comets its size.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn.

June 15, 2011

Plasma Spectrometer Operations on Hold

Mission managers for NASA's Cassini spacecraft have suspended operation of the Cassini plasma spectrometer instrument on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

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In the Blackest Night, a Green Ring Nebula

June 15, 2011

A Green Ring Fit for a Superhero

Has the comic book superhero Green Lantern lost his ring? In fact, this giant ring of glowing dust, imaged by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, belongs to the cosmos.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath.

June 15, 2011

Recalculating the Distance to Interstellar Space

Data from NASA's Voyager and Cassini spacecraft suggest Voyager could reach the space between stars sooner than previously thought.

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The solar minimum occurs approximately every 11 years when fewer sunspots like these appear.

June 14, 2011

New Insights on How Solar Minimums Affect Earth

Since 1611, humans have recorded the comings and goings of black spots on the sun.

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Mars Rover Curiosity, Front View

June 13, 2011

NASA's Curiosity Continues Mobility Checkouts

America's next Mars rover, Curiosity, has been driving and moving its arm during its final weeks at its California birthplace.

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Vesta's surface comes into view

June 13, 2011

Dawn Captures Video on Approach to Asteroid Vesta

Scientists working with NASA's Dawn spacecraft have created a new video showing the giant asteroid Vesta as the spacecraft approaches this unexplored world in the main asteroid belt.

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A Delta II rocket launches with the Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft payload from Space Launch Complex 2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. on Friday, June 10, 2011.

June 10, 2011

NASA's 'Age of Aquarius' Dawns With California Launch

NASA's 'Age of Aquarius' dawned Friday with the launch of an international satellite carrying the agency's Aquarius instrument set to measure the saltiness of Earth's oceans.

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Delta II rocket

June 9, 2011

Aquarius/SAC-D Launch Mission Status Update

The Aquarius/SAC-D observatory has successfully separated from its rocket, ground controllers have acquired its signal, and its solar arrays have been deployed.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath

June 9, 2011

Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles at Solar System Edge

Observations from NASA's Voyager spacecraft suggest the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles.

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What's Your Salt IQ?

June 9, 2011

What's Your Salt IQ?

Find out how much you know about salt in the ocean, a topic that will be studied by NASA's Aquarius instrument, launching on an international spacecraft.

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NASA's Aquarius spacecraft inside the mobile service tower at Vandenberg

June 8, 2011

NASA's Aquarius/SAC-D Launch Rescheduled

The launch of the international Aquarius/SAC-D mission is postponed 24 hours until Friday, June 10, from NASA's Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.

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Opportunity's First Goal at Endeavour Crater: 'Spirit Point'

June 8, 2011

Opportunity Heads Toward 'Spirit Point'

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is driving toward a destination informally named "Spirit Point" in honor of the rover's twin.

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Scientists will set their sights on taking an unprecedented variety of measurements around one of the saltiest spots in the Atlantic Ocean

June 7, 2011

NASA Goes Below the Surface to Understand Salinity

NASA's Aquarius, launching this week, will take a "skin" reading of ocean salt content. To better understand what's driving salinity changes, scientists will go deeper.

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Opportunity Beside a Small, Young Crater

June 2, 2011

Opportunity Passes Small Crater and Big Milestone

After a recent encounter with a young crater, NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity surpassed 30 kilometers (18.64 miles) in total driving yesterday (June 1).

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Global differences, on average, between evaporation and precipitation, the main elements of the global water cycle.

June 2, 2011

New NASA Salt Mapper to Spice Up Climate Forecasts

Just as ancient Greeks believed they could tell the future by reading patterns in sprinkled salt, NASA's Aquarius mission will use salt to foresee Earth's future climate.

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This artist's concept of an astronaut bird on Mars illustrates the space enthusiast community on Twitter.

June 1, 2011

Tweetup at NASA's JPL Previews 2011 Missions

JPL will host a Tweetup on Monday, June 6, for more than 100 NASA Twitter followers, who registered in April. Portions will be broadcast live.

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Bringing the Stars Down to Earth

May 31, 2011

A Night with the Stars...in a Conference Room

Astronomers no longer peer through telescopes up at the night sky. The wonders of the universe can now be accessed right from a laptop.

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Mast Camera View of Curiosity's Deck

May 31, 2011

Camera Duo on Mars Rover Mast Will Shoot Color Views

The main science imaging instrument on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines telephoto and wider-angle full-color cameras to see surroundings in detail and in motion.

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Benchmark map of carbon stored in Earth's tropical forests

May 31, 2011

New NASA Map Reveals Tropical Forest Carbon Storage

A NASA-led team has used NASA satellite data to create the most precise map ever produced depicting the amount and location of carbon stored in Earth's tropical forests.

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Technicians at Astrotech's payload processing facility in Titusville

May 27, 2011

Juno Solar Panels Complete Testing

The solar panels for NASA's Jupiter-bound Juno spacecraft have completed testing, as launch preparations continue.

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Fuel Cell Technology Engineering Prototype

May 26, 2011

JPL-Developed Clean Energy Technology Moves Forward

A clean, efficient technology to generate grid-independent electricity from methanol, developed by a JPL team in partnership with USC, has been licensed to a private company.

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope detected tiny green crystals

May 26, 2011

Spitzer Sees Crystal 'Rain' in Outer Clouds of Infant Star

Tiny crystals of a green mineral called olivine are falling down like rain on a burgeoning star, according to observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Artist's concept of the Mars Exploration Rover

May 25, 2011

NASA's Spirit Rover Completes Mission on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Spirit, which overcame many obstacles during a prolonged lifetime to achieve discoveries about water and environments on ancient Mars, has finished its work.

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Galactic Train Wrecks

May 25, 2011

Teasing Apart Galaxy Collisions

Astronomers are picking through the wreckage of galactic collisions to better understand the destruction, and the creation of new stars.

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A new, colorful collection of galaxy specimens has been released by NASA's  WISE

May 25, 2011

NASA's WISE Mission Offers a Taste of Galaxies to Come

An assorted mix of colorful galaxies is being released today by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission, or WISE.

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Airborne prototype of NASA's Aquarius instrument, used to test the measurement capabilities of its design.

May 25, 2011

For Aquarius, Sampling Seas No 'Grain of Salt' Task

Twenty years after scientists first recognized that precise measurements of ocean salinity from space were possible, NASA's Aquarius mission is poised to realize their dream.

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This artist concept features NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars' past or present ability to sustain microbial life.

May 24, 2011

NASA Concludes Attempts to Contact Mars Rover Spirit

NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010.

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Curiosity - The Next Mars Rover

May 24, 2011

Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report

During processing of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., an incident occurred on Friday, May 20, involving the spacecraft's back shell.

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NASA's Identical Twins Arrive in Florida for Moon Mission

May 23, 2011

NASA's Twin Craft Arrive in Florida for Moon Mission

Two NASA spacecraft with a date for lunar orbit early next year have arrived in Florida to prepare for a launch in September.

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May 19, 2011

NASA/University Japan Quake Study Yields Surprises

A new NASA and university study of Japan’s massive March quake yields surprises on how the quake’s energy and stress were distributed in the region.

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Technicians prepare to hoist one of the two Grail spacecraft upon completion of a thermal vacuum test at the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Denver

May 19, 2011

NASA's Two Lunar-Bound Spacecraft, Vacuum-Packed

NASA twin GRAIL spacecraft have completed pre-shipment assembly and testing.

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Saturn Northern Storm in Infrared and Visible Light

May 19, 2011

Cassini and Telescope See Violent Saturn Storm

NASA's Cassini spacecraft and a European Southern Observatory ground-based telescope tracked the growth of a giant early-spring storm in Saturn's northern hemisphere that is so powerful it stretches around the entire planet.

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In this artist's conception, dark energy is represented by the purple grid above, and gravity by the green grid below

May 19, 2011

NASA Telescope Helps Confirm Nature of Dark Energy

A five-year survey of 200,000 galaxies has led to one of the best independent confirmations that dark energy is driving our universe apart at accelerating speeds.

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Wheel tracks on Mars from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity

May 18, 2011

Mars Rover Driving Leaves Distinctive Tracks

A dance-step pattern visible in wheel tracks imprinted recently by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity results from use of an autonomous hazard-checking technique.

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Artist's concept of a free-floating planet

May 18, 2011

Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars

Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star.

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Aquarius - SAC-D Artist's Concept

May 17, 2011

NASA Mission Will Observe Earth's Salty Seas

Final preparations are under way for the June 9 launch of the international Aquarius/SAC-D observatory.

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Visitors to Open House at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

May 16, 2011

JPL Shares Excitement of Exploration at Open House

This year's Open House, "The Excitement of Exploration," attracted more than 38,000 space enthusiasts to JPL over the two-day event.

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JPL Open House

May 13, 2011

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? Not a problem! Join our virtual event live on Ustream.tv on Saturday, May 14.

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Biggest-Ever Heat Shield Prepared for Mars Spacecraft

May 13, 2011

Mars Mission Components Delivered to Florida

The aeroshell and cruise stage for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Thursday night from California and Colorado.

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Working on Curiosity in JPL Spacecraft Assembly Facility

May 12, 2011

JPL Facility has Built Famed Spacecraft for 50 Years

The Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has birthed robotic explorers sent to destinations throughout the solar system over the past five decades.

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Io's 'Sounding Signal'

May 12, 2011

Galileo Data Reveal Magma Ocean Under Jupiter Moon

New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveals a subsurface ocean of molten or partially molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io.

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Aquarius - SAC-D Artist's Concept

May 12, 2011

NASA Announces News Briefing on Aquarius/Sac-D Mission

NASA will hold a news briefing on Tuesday, May 17, at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), on the agency's next Earth-observing satellite mission, Aquarius/SAC-D, scheduled to launch on June 9.

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Simulated ocean salinity data for NASA's Aquarius instrument.

May 11, 2011

Aquarius to Illuminate Links Between Salt, Climate

A new age of satellite studies of Earth dawns this June with the launch of NASA's salt-seeking Aquarius instrument.

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unprocessed image of the asteroid Vesta

May 11, 2011

NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach.

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, left

May 5, 2011

NASA Administrator Visits Jupiter-Bound Spacecraft

NASA administrator Charlie Bolden visited the space agency's next mission to Jupiter on Thursday.

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An artist's concept portrays the proposed Geophysical Monitoring Station mission for studying the deep interior of Mars.

May 5, 2011

NASA Selects Investigations for Future Key Missions

NASA has selected three science investigations from which it will pick one potential 2016 mission to look at Mars' interior for the first time.

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Trajectory of comet Elenin.

May 4, 2011

Comet Elenin: Preview of a Coming Attraction

A visitor from the outer reaches of our solar system might sound ominous. But comets do this all the time.

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JPL's annual Open House on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, themed

May 4, 2011

Be Our Guest: JPL Invites Public to Open House

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory invites the public to its annual Open House on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Martian 'Freedom 7' Crater 50 Years After Freedom 7 Flight

May 4, 2011

Mars Tribute Marks Memories of Shepard's Flight

A relatively young crater on Mars informally bears the name of the Freedom 7 spacecraft that astronaut Alan Shepard piloted in America's first human spaceflight 50 years ago.

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The new NASA/JPL Space Images V2 app, optimized for iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android.

May 3, 2011

NASA Space Images App, Website Broaden Cosmic Horizons

Professional and amateur space aficionados are in for a treat with the new Space Images Version 2 app, created by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena Calif.

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May 3, 2011

Two NASA Sites Win Webby Awards

Two NASA websites have been recognized in the 15th Annual Webby Awards

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft, illustrated in this artist's concept, is propelled by ion engines.

May 3, 2011

Dawn Reaches Milestone Approaching Asteroid Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has reached its official approach phase to the asteroid Vesta and will begin using cameras for the first time to aid navigation.

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This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was generated from data taken in April of 2010 by the Arecibo Radar Telescope in Puerto Rico.

May 2, 2011

Spacecraft Earth to Perform Asteroid 'Flyby' This Fall

NASA spacecraft have already flown past comets and asteroids, and now Earth itself will "fly by" an object that will provide NASA scientists a unique observing opportunity.

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Voyager: Humanity's Farthest Journey (Video)

April 28, 2011

Voyager Set to Enter Interstellar Space

Humanity's Farthest Spacecraft: Expect the Unexpected

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Artist's concept of the Voyager spacecraft

April 27, 2011

Five Things About NASA's Voyager Mission

Here are five things you should know about NASA's twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft, the longest continuously-operating spacecraft in deep space.

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This image shows the two PackBot

April 26, 2011

NASA Technology Looks Inside Japan's Nuclear Reactor

The seeds from JPL rover technology are being used to examine buildings inside Japan's damaged nuclear plant.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath

April 26, 2011

NASA Invites Public to Journey Toward Interstellar Space

NASA will hold a special NASA Science Update at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, April 28, to discuss the unprecedented journey of NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft to the edge of our solar system.

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This artist's concept of an astronaut bird on Mars illustrates the space enthusiast community on Twitter. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

April 21, 2011

JPL Tweetup Previews Missions: Mars, Jupiter and More

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., will host a Tweetup for approximately 120 Twitter followers on Monday, June 6.

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Thickness Map of Buried Carbon-Dioxide Deposit

April 21, 2011

NASA Orbiter Reveals Big Changes in Mars' Atmosphere

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered the total amount of atmosphere on Mars changes dramatically as the tilt of the planet's axis varies.

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Little Galaxies Pack a Big Punch

April 21, 2011

Ultraviolet Spotlight on Plump Stars in Tiny Galaxies

Astronomers using NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer may be closer to knowing why some of the most massive stellar explosions ever observed occur in the tiniest of galaxies.

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This view of Earth comes from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite.

April 20, 2011

NASA Marks Earth Day With Online Activities, Programs

NASA uses the vantage point of space to explore and protect our home planet. Join scientists from JPL and throughout NASA in online activities in celebration of Earth Day.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted a glowing patch of ultraviolet light near Saturn's north pole that marks the presence of an electrical circuit

April 20, 2011

Cassini Sees Saturn Electric Link With Enceladus

NASA is releasing the first images and sounds of an electrical connection between Saturn and one of its moons, Enceladus.

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Dr. Charles Elachi stands in Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.,

April 19, 2011

JPL Director Charles Elachi Receives Multiple Honors

The director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Charles Elachi, is receiving multiple awards and honors this year in the United States and overseas.

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Asteroid 2011 GP59 as imaged on the night of April 11, 2011 by amateur astronomer Nick James of Chelmsford, Essex, England.

April 14, 2011

Fast-Rotating Asteroid Winks For Astronomer's Camera

An amateur astronomer's video of a newly discovered near-Earth object shows the space rock to be tumbling at a fast rate.

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The Hottest Photos from WISE

April 14, 2011

WISE Delivers Millions of Galaxies, Stars, Asteroids

Astronomers across the globe can now sift through hundreds of millions of galaxies, stars and asteroids collected in the first bundle of data from NASA's WISE mission.

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Star-Studded Strings around Cocoon Nebula

April 13, 2011

Do Cosmic Strings of Gas Come From Sonic Booms?

The Herschel Space Observatory has found evidence that tangled filaments in space may be shaped by sonic booms.

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Giant cluster of elliptical galaxies

April 12, 2011

NASA Telescopes Help Discover Surprisingly Young Galaxy

Astronomers have uncovered one of the youngest galaxies in the distant universe, with stars that formed a mere 200 million years after the Big Bang.

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Area investigated on a rock on Mars by Opportunity

April 11, 2011

Mars Rover's 'Gagarin' Moment Applauded Exploration

Approaching the 50th anniversary of the first human spaceflight, Mars rover team members are remembering a Martian rock informally named for Yuri Gagarin.

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NASA's Juno spacecraft arrives in Florida

April 8, 2011

NASA's Jupiter-Bound Spacecraft Arrives in Florida

NASA's Juno spacecraft has arrived in Florida to begin final preparations for a launch this summer.

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A newly discovered asteroid

April 8, 2011

WISE Mission Spots 'Horseshoe' Asteroid

Astronomers using data from NASA's WISE mission have found an asteroid that appears to slowly trace out a horseshoe shape in space, as seen from Earth.

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Four moons huddle near Saturn's multi-hued disk

April 7, 2011

New Theory: Titan Shaped By Weather, Not Ice Volcanoes

Have the surface and belly of Saturn's smog-shrouded moon Titan recently simmered like a chilly, bubbling cauldron with ice volcanoes, or has this distant moon gone cold?

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Planets Under a Red Sun

April 7, 2011

NASA Telescope Ferrets Out Planet-Hunting Targets

Astronomers have come up with a new way of identifying close, faint stars with NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer satellite.

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Aquarius/SAC-D spacecraft

April 6, 2011

For NASA's Aquarius, Quest for Salt a Global Endeavor

With more than a few stamps on its passport, NASA's Aquarius instrument will soon embark on its space mission to "taste" Earth's salty ocean.

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NASA Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL, Side View

April 6, 2011

NASA's Next Mars Rover Nears Completion

New images show Curiosity, the rover for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, looking similar to how it will appear after it lands on Mars in August 2012.

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Undercover jet exposed

April 4, 2011

NASA's Spitzer Discovers Time-Delayed Jets Around Young Star

Astronomers have discovered that two symmetrical jets shooting away from opposite sides of a blossoming star are experiencing a time delay.

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WISE Unveils a Treasure Trove of Beauty

April 1, 2011

The Art of Making Stars

A swirling palette of star-forming clouds can be seen in this picturesque image from WISE.

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Satellite Radar Captures Eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano

April 1, 2011

NASA Airborne Radar Set to Image Hawaiian Volcano

The Kilauea volcano that recently erupted on the Big Island of Hawaii will be the target for a NASA study to help scientists better understand processes under Earth's surface.

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Aquarius/SAC-D Artist's Concept

March 31, 2011

Salt-Seeking Spacecraft Arrives at Launch Site

An international spacecraft that will take NASA's first space-based measurements of ocean surface salinity has arrived at its launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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This artist's concept shows comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 heading into Jupiter in July 1994

March 31, 2011

Forensic Sleuthing Ties Ring Ripples to Impacts

Scientists using data from NASA's Cassini, Galileo and New Horizons missions have traced ripples in the rings of Saturn and Jupiter back to collisions with cometary fragments.

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When is an Asteroid Not an Asteroid?

March 29, 2011

When is an Asteroid Not an Asteroid?

When it's Vesta! On the anniversary of Vesta's discovery day, NASA's Dawn mission celebrates this extraordinary hunk of rock.

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Carl Sagan

March 29, 2011

NASA Announces 2011 Carl Sagan Fellows

NASA announces the 2011 Carl Sagan Fellowships, created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars.

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First Robotics competiton at the Long Beach convention center in 2011

March 28, 2011

Future Engineers Unite at Robotics Competition

Multiple student teams from across California, and one team from Chile, participated in the 20th annual Los Angeles regional FIRST competition this past weekend.

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The image shows Curiosity on a tilt table in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

March 25, 2011

Work Stopped on Alternative Cameras for Mars Rover

The main camera instrument for the next rover to Mars will use a pair of cameras with different focal lengths, already installed and tested, rather than twin zoom cameras.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Stardust spacecraft

March 24, 2011

NASA's Venerable Comet Hunter Wraps Up Mission

At 33 minutes after 4 p.m. PDT today, NASA's Stardust spacecraft finished its last transmission to Earth.

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Artist's concept of Stardust spacecraft

March 23, 2011

NASA's Stardust: Good to the Last Drop

NASA's most traveled comet hunter goes out in style with one final burn of its rocket motors.

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March 23, 2011

Stinky Origins to Life? New Analysis Yields Clues

The origins of life may have been smelly, according to a recent, NASA-funded analysis of residue from 1950s classic experiments performed by a researcher, Stanley Miller.

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Jupiter-bound spacecraft, Juno

March 22, 2011

Juno Marches On

NASA's Jupiter-bound spacecraft, Juno, is undergoing testing prior to shipment to NASA's Kennedy Space Center.

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Saturn's Auroras in Double Light Show

March 22, 2011

Cassini Finds Saturn Sends Mixed Signals

Radio signals from Saturn's northern and southern hemisphere sing out of sync and have crossed each other since the planet's equinox.

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Artist's concept of Dawn

March 21, 2011

Dawn Opens its Eyes, Checks its Instruments

In preparation for orbiting Vesta this summer, the spacecraft's camera system and other instruments have successfully awakened from hibernation.

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Infrared view of the frenzied scene at the center of our Milky Way

March 18, 2011

Stars Gather in 'Downtown' Milky Way

A view from the bustling center of our galactic metropolis. Spitzer Space Telescope offers us a fresh, infrared view of the frenzied scene at the center of our Milky Way, revealing what lies behind the dust.

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Artist's concept of the Spirit rover

March 18, 2011

Alternatives Have Begun in Bid to Hear from Spirit

Hopes for reviving NASA's Spirit Mars rover dimmed further with passage last week of the point at which the rover's locale received its maximum sunshine for the Martian year.

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Testing of the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity rover

March 18, 2011

Next Mars Rover Gets a Test Taste of Mars Conditions

For most of this month, the Mars Science Laboratory mission's rover, Curiosity, is inside a sealed chamber where conditions simulate those it will experience on Mars.

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Sensors on two finger-like mini-booms extending horizontally from the mast of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will monitor wind speed

March 17, 2011

Madrid Event Marks Spain's Role in Next Mars Mission

Governments of the United States and Spain saluted collaboration in the Mars Science Laboratory mission with an agreement-signing ceremony today, March 17, in Madrid.

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Equatorial Titan Clouds

March 17, 2011

Cassini Sees Seasonal Rains Transform Titan's Surface

As spring continues to unfold at Saturn, April showers on the planet's largest moon, Titan, have brought methane rain to its equatorial deserts, as revealed by Cassini.

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Trio or clover of AIRS images

March 16, 2011

NASA Picks a Festive Clover of Ireland Images

Just in time for St. Patty's Day, NASA's Aqua satellite finds a "pot of gold" in colorful images of Ireland.

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Students from

March 16, 2011

Students Compete in Lego Robotics Challenge at JPL

Students from across Southern California participated in a Lego robotics challenge at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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A new before-and-after image pair from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft

March 15, 2011

NASA Satellite Sees Area Affected by Japan Tsunami

A new before-and-after image pair from NASA's Terra spacecraft shows a region northeast of Sendai, Japan, affected by the March 11, 2011, tsunami.

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This view of Earth comes from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard the Terra satellite.

March 14, 2011

Japan Quake May Have Shortened Earth Days, Moved Axis

The March 11, magnitude 9.0 earthquake in Japan may have shortened the length of each Earth day and shifted its axis.

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Japan's Eastern Coast

March 12, 2011

NASA Images Tsunami's Effects on Northeastern Japan

Flooding from the destructive tsunami triggered by the March 11, 2011 quake off Japan's northeastern coast is visible in before/after images from NASA's Terra spacecraft.

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Tsunami-stricken city of Sendai, Japan

March 11, 2011

NASA Shows Topography of Tsunami-Damaged Japan City

A new image based on NASA radar data from 2000 shows the mostly low-lying topography of Sendai, Japan, devastated by the March 11, 2011, 8.9-magnitue earthquake and tsunami.

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Speed Demon Creates a Shock

March 10, 2011

Speed Demon Creates a Shock

WISE has captured a star zipping through space like a race car driver.

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This video shows the scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet Vesta

March 10, 2011

Dawn Gets Vesta Target Practice

Practice mapping of Vesta produces an animation and still images that show scientists' best guess about the surface and shape of the giant asteroid.

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A NASA/university study of data on Earth's rotation, movements in Earth's molten core and global surface air temperatures has uncovered interesting correlations.

March 9, 2011

NASA Study Goes to Earth's Core for Climate Insights

The latest evidence of the role humans play in changing Earth's climate comes not from observations of the ocean, atmosphere or land surface, but from Earth's molten core.

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Images like this from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show portions of the Martian surface in unprecedented detail.

March 9, 2011

Prolific NASA Orbiter Reaches Five-Year Mark

NASA's versatile Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which began orbiting Mars five years ago tomorrow, March 10, has radically expanded our knowledge of the Red Planet and is now working overtime.

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The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this color image on March 9, 2011, of

March 9, 2011

Color View from Orbit Shows Mars Rover Beside Crater

A new color view from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter catches the rover Opportunity at work beside a football-field-size crater which the rover will soon leave behind.

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This image from orbit covers an area about 460 meters (about 1,500 feet) across, in which carbonate minerals have been identified from spectrometer observations.

March 8, 2011

Some of Mars' Missing Carbon Dioxide May be Buried

Rocks on Mars dug from far underground by crater-blasting impacts are providing glimpses of one possible way Mars' atmosphere has become much less dense than it used to be.

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Store Glacier, West Greenland.  A new NASA funded study finds that the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass at an accelerating pace

March 8, 2011

NASA Finds Polar Ice Adding More to Rising Seas

The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass at an accelerating pace, according to a new NASA-funded satellite study.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath.

March 8, 2011

Voyager Seeks the Answer Blowin' in the Wind

In which direction is the sun's stream of charged particles banking when it nears the edge of the solar system?

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Jupiter Spacecraft Nearing Completion

March 7, 2011

NASA's Jupiter-Bound Spacecraft Taking Shape In Denver

NASA's Juno spacecraft is undergoing final testing before shipment to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for launch this summer.

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Enceladus the Powerhouse

March 7, 2011

Cassini Finds Enceladus is a Powerhouse

Heat output from the south polar region of Saturn's moon Enceladus is much greater than was previously thought possible.

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WISE, captured this image of a star-forming cloud of dust.

March 4, 2011

'Elephant Trunks' in Space

A new image from NASA's WISE mission shows a zoo of "elephant trunks" herded together in a star-forming region.

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Eric Fossum (front row, center) and his team at JPL

March 3, 2011

National Inventors Hall of Fame Taps Former JPL Engineer

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is honoring a former JPL physicist/engineer for a sensor chip used in cell phone and other digital cameras, and medical imaging.

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NASA's Glory spacecraft (left) and Aquarius spacecraft (right)

March 3, 2011

Double Vision: NASA Earth Satellites Prep for Launch

Rockets for two NASA missions stand at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation for launch of NASA's newest Earth satellites: Glory on March 4, and Aquarius in June.

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Spitzer's Sunflower Galaxy

March 3, 2011

Spitzer Captures Infrared Rays From a Sunflower

A galactic sunflower shows off its infrared colors in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Perspective view of Christchurch, New Zealand, acquired Feb. 23, 2011 by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft.

February 24, 2011

NASA Spacecraft Images New Zealand Quake Region

Two new images from NASA's Terra spacecraft show the region devastated this week by New Zealand's most destructive earthquake in 80 years.

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This colorful picture is a mosaic of the Lagoon nebula taken by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

February 18, 2011

Can WISE Find the Hypothetical 'Tyche'?

This colorful picture is a mosaic of the Lagoon nebula taken by NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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Image on the left shows Grad student Nicholas Boyd (left) and Principal Investigator Ralf Gellert, both of the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

February 18, 2011

Advanced NASA Instrument Gets Close-up on Mars Rocks

NASA's next Mars rover, Curiosity, will take a next generation "hands-on" look at rocks and soils to determine the chemical makeup near its landing zone.

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Artist's concept of the Feb. 18, 2011, flyby of Saturn's moon Titan by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

February 17, 2011

Cassini to Sample Magnetic Environment around Titan

Skimming close to Saturn's moon Titan on Friday, Feb. 18 will teach scientists about the interaction between Titan and Saturn's magnetosphere.

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A region of the sky called the

February 16, 2011

Herschel Measures Dark Matter for Star-Forming Galaxies

The Herschel Space Observatory has revealed how much dark matter it takes to form a new galaxy bursting with stars.

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Tempel 1 Impact Site

February 15, 2011

NASA Releases Images of Man-Made Crater on Comet

NASA's Stardust spacecraft returned new images of a comet showing a scar resulting from the 2005 Deep Impact mission.

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NASA's Stardust-NExT mission transmitted the first image it took during its approach to  comet Tempel 1 at 8:35 p.m. PST (11:35 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14, 2011, from a distance of approximately 2,462 kilometers (1,530 miles)

February 15, 2011

Comet Hunter's First Images on the Ground

JPL Mission controllers have begun receiving the first of 72 anticipated images of comet Tempel 1 taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.

February 14, 2011

NASA's Stardust Spacecraft Completes Comet Flyby

Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., watched as data downlinked from the Stardust spacecraft indicated it completed its closest approach with comet Tempel 1.

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A heart-shaped feature in the Arabia Terra region of Mars.

February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day from Mars

Hearty thoughts are prompted by the image of a crater in the Arabia Terra region of Mars, taken by the Conext Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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This composite image was taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft 42 hours before its encounter with comet Tempel 1.

February 14, 2011

NASA's Stardust-NExT: Valentine's Night Comet Flyby

As of about 10 p.m. PST (1 a.m. EST on Feb. 15), NASA's Stardust spacecraft has turned to point its high-gain antenna at Earth and started downlinking data through that antenna.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.

February 14, 2011

The Two Faces of Tempel 1

Whichever part of comet Tempel 1 is facing toward Stardust when the spacecraft zips by the comet tonight should provide some great new science.

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Artist's concept of a comet-themed box of chocolates

February 10, 2011

Five Things About NASA's Valentine's Day Comet

Here are five facts about NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft as it prepares for a Valentine's "date" with comet Tempel 1. Feel free to sing along!

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NASA's Global Hawk soars aloft from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on a functional check flight of the WISPAR aircraft payload system and science instruments.

February 10, 2011

JPL Airborne Sensor to Study 'Rivers in the Sky'

An advanced JPL sensor is embarking on a NOAA-led airborne field campaign to study atmospheric rivers - narrow regions in the sky that transport huge amounts of water vapor.

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An Extended Stellar Family

February 10, 2011

New View of Family Life in the North American Nebula

Stars at all stages of development, from dusty little tots to young adults, are on display in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel

February 9, 2011

Heading Into the Bonus Round -- in Space

Stardust-NExT, history's most traveled comet hunter, has a rich legacy of space firsts.

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This image is an artist concept of a CubeSat in space. CubeSats are tiny, fully-functional satellites.

February 9, 2011

NASA Announces Candidates for Cubesat Space Missions

NASA has selected 20 small satellites, including two from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to fly as auxiliary payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2011 and 2012.

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

February 8, 2011

NASA Hosting Events for Valentine's Night Comet Encounter

NASA will host several live activities for the Stardust-NExT mission's close encounter with comet Tempel 1.

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Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl competition winners -- Santa Monica High School.

February 8, 2011

Santa Monica High 'Catches Next Wave' to Nationals

In a very close competition, Santa Monica High School beat Arcadia High School for the title of Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl Champion.

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NASA's Stardust-NExT mission will fly past comet Tempel 1 on the evening of Feb. 14, 2011

February 8, 2011

Stardust Celebrates Twelve Years With Rocket Burn

NASA's Stardust-NExT mission team on Earth marked the spacecraft's 12th anniversary in space with a flight path correction maneuver.

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artist’s concept of NASA's Jupiter Europa Orbiter

February 4, 2011

Proposed Mission to Jupiter System Achieves Milestone

NASA-ESA Proposal to Study the Moons Europa and Ganymede Maps Joint Strategy.

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The blurring effects of Titan's aerosols are obvious in this image, where the orange moon peeks from behind two of Saturn's rings

February 3, 2011

Surprise Hidden in Titan's Smog: Cirrus-Like Clouds

Scientists report details about thin, wispy clouds of ice particles, similar to Earth's cirrus clouds, on Saturn's largest moon, smoggy Titan.

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Three images of the same location taken at different times on Mars show seasonal activity causing sand avalanches and ripple changes on a Martian dune.

February 3, 2011

Northern Mars Landscape Actively Changing

Sand dunes in a vast area of northern Mars long thought to be frozen in time are changing with both sudden and gradual motions, according to research using images from a NASA orbiter.

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JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

February 2, 2011

JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

JPL will host the 23rd annual High-Tech Conference for Small Business March 1-2, at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

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Kepler-11 Planetary System

February 2, 2011

Earth-Size Planet Candidates Found in Habitable Zone

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered its first Earth-size planet candidates and candidates in the habitable zone, where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.

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satellite images showing winter storms sweeping across the U.S.

February 1, 2011

NASA Satellite Captures U.S. 'Big Chill'

On the eve of Groundhog Day 2011, a massive winter storm spreading across America will make it hard for Punxsutawney Phil, and 100 million Americans.

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AIRS infrared image of Tropical Cyclone Yasi

February 1, 2011

Monster Cyclone Yasi Eyes Australia in NASA Image

Australians are bracing for Tropical Cyclone Yasi, forecast to be the strongest cyclone in the continent's recorded history.

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NASA's Stardust-NExT mission will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.

February 1, 2011

NASA Stardust Adjusts Flight Path for Comet Meetup

NASA's Stardust spacecraft has executed a rocket burn to refine its flight path toward a Valentine's Day comet encounter.

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Saturn's moon Helene

February 1, 2011

Cassini Sends Back Postcards of Saturn Moons

Portraits of Helene, Enceladus and Mimas

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A Family Portrait

February 1, 2011

NASA's NEOWISE Completes Scan for Asteroids and Comets

NASA's NEOWISE mission has completed its survey of small bodies, asteroids and comets, in our solar system.

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AIRS infrared image of Tropical Cyclone Yasi

January 31, 2011

NASA Satellite Tracks Menacing Australian Cyclone

Tropical Cyclone Yasi continues to advance toward Australia's flood-weary state of Queensland, still reeling from devastating floods that began last December.

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The first image of comet Tempel 1 taken by NASA's Stardust spacecraft is a composite made from observations on Jan. 18 and 19, 2011.

January 26, 2011

NASA Comet Hunter Spots Its Valentine

NASA's Stardust spacecraft is closing in on a Valentine's Day date with comet Tempel 1.

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Jupiter Scar in Infrared

January 26, 2011

Asteroids Ahoy! Jupiter Scar Likely from Rocky Body

A hurtling asteroid about the size of the Titanic caused the scar that appeared in Jupiter's atmosphere on July 19, 2009, according to two recent papers.

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Multiple antennas of the LWA-1 station of the Long Wavelength Array in central New Mexico, photographed at sunset.

January 26, 2011

An Astronomer's Field of Dreams

A group of JPL researchers and their colleagues will hunt for new and exotic objects in the sky by using ceiling-fan-size antennas.

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Runaway star plowing through space dust

January 24, 2011

Runaway Star Plows Through Space

Can you tell which way the central, bright blue star is traveling in this new image from WISE?

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NASA's Salt-Seeking Instrument Gets Blanketed in Silver

January 24, 2011

NASA's Salt-Seeking Instrument Gets a Silvery Blanket

NASA technicians are busy prepping for the dawning of the age of Aquarius/SAC-D, the mission.

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Arcadia High School, the winning team

January 24, 2011

Arcadia High School Wins Regional Science Bowl

Arcadia High School beat out 22 other local high schools in an all day 'buzzer-beater'-style competition held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Uranus in True and False Color

January 21, 2011

Voyager Celebrates 25 Years Since Uranus Visit

In 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 made the only close approach to date of our mysterious seventh planet from the sun.

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Color Panorama of 'Santa Maria' Crater for Opportunity's Anniversary

January 20, 2011

Mars Sliding Behind Sun After Rover Anniversary

The team operating NASA's Mars rover Opportunity will temporarily suspend commanding for 16 days after the rover's seventh anniversary next week, but the rover will stay busy.

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Keith Burns' photo of the December 2010 Lunar Eclipse

January 19, 2011

Lunar Eclipse Wallpaper Contest Yields Hundreds of Photos

A winning photo has been chosen for NASAJPL's "I'm There: Lunar Eclipse" wallpaper contest from an entry pool of close to 2,000 images.

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Space Images app reaches 500,000 downloads

January 19, 2011

Half a Million Take a Gander at Space

The first-ever NASA/JPL iPhone application, Space Images, has reached 500,000 downloads, just as JPL prepares to release its newest version of the free app.

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

January 19, 2011

NASA Spacecraft Prepares for Valentine's Day Comet Rendezvous

NASA's Stardust-NExT spacecraft is nearing a celestial date with comet Tempel 1 at approximately 8:37 p.m. PST (11:37 p.m. EST), on Feb. 14.

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Lifting SAM Instrument for Installation into Mars Rover

January 18, 2011

NASA Mars Rover Will Check for Ingredients of Life

One of the jobs for the biggest science instrument on NASA's next Mars rover will be to check for the carbon-based molecular building blocks of life.

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Craters on Saturn's moon Rhea

January 13, 2011

Cassini Rocks Rhea Rendezvous

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has successfully completed its closest flyby of Saturn's moon Rhea, returning raw images of the icy moon's surface.

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WISE Beholds a Pair of Dancing Galaxies

January 13, 2011

Partner Galaxies Wildly Different In New WISE Image

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has captured a new view of two companion galaxies -- a somewhat tranquil spiral beauty and its rambunctious partner.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this raw image of Saturn's icy moon Rhea in the foreground

January 12, 2011

Cassini's Snaps of Rhea Coming Down

Raw images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft from the closest flyby of Saturn's moon Rhea have begun streaming to Cassini's raw image page.

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Galactic City at the Edge of the Universe

January 12, 2011

NASA Telescopes Help Identify Most Distant Galaxy Cluster

Astronomers have uncovered a burgeoning galactic metropolis, the most distant known in the early universe. This ancient collection of galaxies presumably grew into a modern galaxy cluster similar to the massive ones seen today.

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Standard Candle in the Wind

January 12, 2011

Cosmology Standard Candle not so Standard After All

Astronomers have turned up the first direct proof that "standard candles" used to illuminate the size of the universe, termed Cepheids, shrink in mass, making them not quite as standard as once thought.

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A radar image of asteroid 2010 JL33, generated from data taken by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar on Dec. 11 and 12, 2010.

January 11, 2011

NASA Radar Reveals Features on Asteroid

This 36-frame video, from NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar, depicts the rotation of asteroid JL33 - an irregular, elongated object roughly 1.8 kilometers (1.1) miles wide.

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Clumps of Cold Stuff Across the Sky

January 11, 2011

Planck Mission Peels Back Layers of the Universe

The Planck mission released a new data catalogue Tuesday from initial maps of the entire sky.

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Surface of Mars

January 11, 2011

Web-Streamed Event Will Cover Mars Science Findings

Scientists will discuss recent discoveries about Mars and future Mars exploration at a Jan. 13 event to be streamed live and archived.

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This artist's concept shows the third flyby of Saturn's moon Rhea by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. It is the closest flyby of Cassini's mission.

January 10, 2011

Cassini to Probe Rhea for Clues to Saturn Rings

Saturn's icy moon Rhea might seem a strange place to look for clues to understanding the vast majestic rings encircling Saturn.

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Artist's concept of the first rocky world discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The planet, called Kepler 10-b, is shown in front of its host star.

January 10, 2011

NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its First Rocky Planet

NASA's Kepler mission confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system.

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The ASTER instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this image of extensive flooding in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, on Jan. 7, 2010

January 7, 2011

NASA Image Shows La Niña-Caused Woes Down Under

While La Niña hasn't lived up to her usual dry billing this season in Southern California, elsewhere she's behaving as expected, which, in the case of Australia, means badly.

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Extreme planet makeover interactive feature. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

January 6, 2011

Extreme Planet Makeover

The new "Extreme Planet Makeover" on the NASA/JPL PlanetQuest site lets you roll up your sleeves and create your very own planet.

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This mosaic of the Andromeda spiral galaxy highlights explosive stars in its interior, and cooler, dusty stars forming in its many rings

January 5, 2011

Andromeda is So Hot 'n' Cold

Cool, dusty arms spiral around an explosive center in this new image of the Andromeda galaxy from the Herschel and XMM-Newton telescopes.

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Artist concept of Mars Exploration Rover

January 4, 2011

NASA Checking on Rover Spirit During Martian Spring

Nine months after last hearing from the Mars rover Spirit, NASA is stepping up efforts to regain communications with the rover before spring ends on southern Mars in mid-March.

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Mars Orbiter Sees Rover Opportunity at Crater Edge

January 4, 2011

Rover Will Spend 7th Birthday at Stadium-Size Crater

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has photographed the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity beside a crater where the rover will spend the seventh anniversary of its landing.

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From the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the Apache Incubator, OODT is now an Apache Top Level Project.

January 4, 2011

Developers Support JPL-Led Software Architecture

A JPL-developed software architecture has been selected by the Apache Software Foundation to become a Top Level Project.

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