News Articles for 2013

This aerial photo shows the NASA Deep Space Network complex outside of Canberra, Australia in 1997

December 24, 2013

NASA's Deep Space Network Celebrates 50 Years

Fifty years ago on this day, on Dec. 24, 1963, NASA's Deep Space Network came into being.

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NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2 spacecraft is moved into a thermal vacuum chamber

December 23, 2013

NASA Carbon Sleuth Gets Simulated Taste of Space

NASA's carbon-hunting observatory has emerged from its space simulation chamber following a series of environmental tests to prepare it for launch next summer.

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President Barack Obama addresses 2011 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) recipients in the East Room of the White House, July 31, 2012

December 23, 2013

JPL Researcher Receives Presidential Early Career Award

President Obama named five NASA researchers Monday, including one from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., as recipients of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

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The globe of Saturn, seen here in natural color, is reminiscent of a holiday ornament in this wide-angle view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft

December 23, 2013

Cassini Sees Saturn and Moons in Holiday Dress

This holiday season, feast your eyes on images of Saturn and two of its most fascinating moons, Titan and Enceladus, in a care package from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Rocky Mars Ground Where Curiosity Has Been Driving

December 20, 2013

Curiosity Team Upgrades Software, Checks Wheel Wear

The team operating NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Curiosity has completed a software upgrade on the vehicle and is next planning a check of wear and tear on the rover's wheels.

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NEOWISE's Next Light

December 19, 2013

NASA's Asteroid Hunter Spacecraft Returns First Images after Reactivation

NASA's NEOWISE asteroid hunter, which made the most comprehensive asteroid and comet survey to date, has returned its first test images in preparation for a renewed mission.

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Artist's concept of eight facts about NASA's Deep Space Network.

December 18, 2013

Eight Essential Facts About NASA's Deep Space Network

Get to know the Deep Space Network (DSN)-NASA's worldwide radio telescope array that communicates with spacecraft throughout the solar system.

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Galactic Metropolis

December 18, 2013

The Rise and Fall of Galactic Cities

How and when galactic metropolises cease their opulent ways is the subject of new research from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Dawn in the Apollo Valley

December 18, 2013

NASA's Deep Space Network Turns 50

NASA's Deep Space Network, the world's largest communications system for "talking to" spacecraft, will reach a milestone on Dec. 24: the 50th anniversary of its official creation.

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LDSD Packed Parachute

December 17, 2013

JPL to Test New Supersonic Decelerator Technology

A giant crane towering above JPL will help test components of NASA's Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.

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A screen shot from the Milky Way Project illustrates how users are asked to catalog objects in our galaxy.

December 16, 2013

New Animals on Display at Spitzer's Citizen Science Zoo

Take a stroll through a zoo of cosmic objects in the new, more expansive Milky Way Project.

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Flowing in, Flowing out of Aelia

December 16, 2013

Dawn Creates Guide to Vesta's Hidden Attractions

Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance.

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March of Asteroids Across Dying Star

December 12, 2013

Surprise Picture for WISE's Fourth Anniversary

Happy fourth anniversary to NASA's WISE mission, which recently gained a second lease on life.

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This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope

December 12, 2013

Chemical Surprise Found in Crab Nebula

A "loner" gas called Argon has paired up to make molecules in the tattered remains of an exploded star.

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Titan's North

December 12, 2013

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Reveals Clues About Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is providing scientists with key clues about Saturn's moon Titan, and in particular, its hydrocarbon lakes and seas.

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This is an artist's concept of a plume of water vapor thought to be ejected off the frigid, icy surface of the Jovian moon Europa

December 12, 2013

Hubble Sees Evidence of Water Vapor at Jupiter Moon

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter's moon Europa

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This image, using data from NASA's Galileo mission, shows the first detection of clay-like minerals on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa

December 11, 2013

Clay-Like Minerals Found on Icy Crust of Europa

A new analysis of data from NASA's Galileo mission leads to the first detection of such minerals on the surface of this moon of Jupiter.

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Seasonal Changes in Dark Marks on an Equatorial Martian Slope

December 10, 2013

NASA Mars Spacecraft Reveals a More Dynamic Red Planet

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has revealed slender dark markings, possibly due to salty water, that advance seasonally down slopes surprisingly close to the Martian equator.

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This cosmic pirouette of Earth and our moon was captured by the Juno spacecraft as it flew by Earth on Oct. 9, 2013.

December 10, 2013

NASA's Juno Gives Starship-Like View of Earth Flyby

When NASA's Juno spacecraft flew past Earth, it received a boost in speed of more than 8,800 mph which set it on course for a July 4, 2016, rendezvous with Jupiter.

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Flooding across Highway 78, San Diego County, Calif.

December 10, 2013

NASA Developing Natural Hazard Warning Systems

Scientists have enhanced existing GPS technologies to develop new systems for California and elsewhere to warn of hazards from earthquakes, tsunamis and extreme weather events.

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This image shows a dried watercourse near Dixon in California's Central Valley.

December 9, 2013

California Water Planners Hear NASA Long-Term Forecast

NASA research tying California weather to large-scale atmospheric patterns contributed to the 2014 winter water forecast by the California Department of Water Resources.

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Spatial distribution of snow water equivalent across the Tuolumne River Basin

December 9, 2013

NASA Snow Mapper Reaps Big Benefits for California

NASA's prototype Airborne Snow Observatory mission helped water managers for 2.6 million residents of the San Francisco Bay Area achieve near-perfect water operations this summer.

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This mosaic of images from the Mast Camera instrument on Curiosity Mars rover

December 9, 2013

NASA Curiosity: First Mars Age Measurement and Human Exploration Help

NASA's Curiosity rover is providing vital insight about Mars' past and current environments that will aid plans for future robotic and human missions.

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The goal of this year's Invention Challenge was to build a device that could score a

December 6, 2013

Students Ace 'Hole-In-One' Contest at JPL

Students from 19 high school teams across Southern California, as well as NASA professionals, took part in a "Hole-in-One" contest in this year's JPL Invention Challenge.

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An artist's concept of a solar-system montage featuring the eight planets, a comet and an asteroid.

December 6, 2013

NASA Highlights Mars, Earth and Other Science at AGU Event

NASA researchers, including some from JPL, will present new findings on Earth and space science topics at the next week's American Geophysical Union meeting.

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NASA CubeSats Heading into Orbit

December 6, 2013

Thinking Inside the Box, Launching into Space

Two tiny, cube-shaped research satellites hitched a ride to Earth orbit to validate new hardware and software technologies for future NASA Earth-observing instruments.

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This image shows the Totten Glacier ice shelf in East Antarctica

December 5, 2013

NASA Finds Reducing Salt Is Bad for Glacial Health

A NASA-led study has discovered a link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier in East Antarctica that has implications for sea-level rise.

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Target for 100,000th Laser Shot by Curiosity on Mars

December 5, 2013

Laser Instrument on NASA Mars Rover Tops 100,000 Zaps

Since landing on Mars 16 months ago, NASA's Curiosity rover has fired its French-made laser more than 100,000 times to investigate the composition of rocks or soil targets.

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In Full View: Saturn's Streaming Hexagon

December 4, 2013

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Obtains Best Views of Saturn Hexagon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn's north pole.

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Galactic commander and talk show host Stephen 'Tiberius' Colbert presented Ed Stone

December 4, 2013

Voyager Project Scientist Honored by NASA--Via Stephen Colbert

Ed Stone, the project scientist for NASA's Voyager mission since 1972, appears on TV with talk show host Stephen Colbert and receives one of NASA's highest honors.

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On the Way to Ceres

December 3, 2013

NASA's Dawn Fills out its Ceres Dance Card

What's the schedule for Dawn's visit to the largest object in the main asteroid belt?

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The retreat of Pedersen Glacier, Alaska. Left: summer 1917. Right: summer 2005.

December 3, 2013

NASA iPad App Shows Earth Changing Before Your Eyes

Human activities, a changing climate and natural disasters are rapidly altering the face of our planet.

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Two Black Holes on Way to Becoming One

December 3, 2013

Massive Black Hole Duo: Possible Sighting by NASA's WISE

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has found evidence for what might be a dancing duo of black holes, where one partner is causing the jet of the other to sway.

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The Day the Earth Smiled

December 2, 2013

NASA Holds Google+ Hangout on Cassini's Findings at Saturn

NASA will host a Google+ Hangout at 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST) on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to discuss images of Saturn taken by the agency's Cassini spacecraft.

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Topsy Turvy Black Holes

November 26, 2013

Do Black Holes Come in Size Medium?

In the stockroom of our cosmos, black holes come in size small and large. NASA's NuSTAR is helping to find our more about why medium-sized black holes are missing.

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Warped Galaxies Quiz

November 26, 2013

Scientists Seek Other Scientists for Cosmology Problem

What do you do when a problem is too hard to solve? Ask others for help, as astronomers are doing in an innovative competition involving galaxy puzzles.

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Comet ISON appeared in the higher-resolution HI-1 camera on NASA's STEREO-A spacecraft.

November 25, 2013

Three Questions About Comet ISON

Comet ISON will reach its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day (11/28/13), skimming just 730,000 miles above its surface.

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

November 25, 2013

Curiosity Resumes Science After Analysis of Voltage Issue

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity resumed full science operations on Saturday, Nov. 23.

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JPL Director Charles Elachi (right) and  Lars Høier, Statoil Sr. Vice President, Technology Products and Drilling Research Development and Innovation

November 22, 2013

JPL to Assist in Oil and Gas Tech Development

Senior members from the oil and gas company Statoil were at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to participate in a ceremony for a recently signed agreement with NASA.

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Three-headed Galactic Blob

November 21, 2013

Infant Galaxies Merge Near 'Cosmic Dawn'

A rare coming-together of three young galaxies reveals new insight into the earliest stages of galaxy formation.

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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity

November 20, 2013

Rover Team Working to Diagnose Electrical Issue

Science observations by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity have been suspended a few days while engineers run tests to check possible causes of a voltage change detected on Nov. 17.

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The orbits of 2013 UQ4, 2013 US10 and 2013 UP8 are shown as viewed from within the plane of the solar system

November 18, 2013

Update on Near-Earth Objects

Latest updates on three Near-Earth Objects

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AllWISE Brings Galaxies Out of Hiding

November 14, 2013

WISE Catalog Just Got Wiser

The WISE mission is releasing new and improved data on three-quarters of a billion stars and galaxies.

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Two Galaxies Masquerading as One

November 14, 2013

Nature Pulls a Fast One on Astronomers

Two galaxies have been caught masquerading as one, in a new image that includes data from NASA's Spitzer and WISE missions.

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NASA-Generated Damage Map To Assist With Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Response

November 13, 2013

NASA Damage Map Helps in Typhoon Disaster Response

A new, space-based map generated by a NASA/JPL-Italian Space Agency collaboration is helping in Typhoon Haiyan disaster response efforts in the Philippines.

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'Murray Ridge' on Rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars

November 13, 2013

Mars Rover Teams Dub Sites in Memory of Bruce Murray

Features on Mars are now called "Murray Ridge" and "Murray Buttes," in honor of influential planetary scientist Bruce Murray (1931-2013).

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colorful radar photo of Lake Superior

November 13, 2013

NASA Helps Melt Secrets of Great Lakes Ice

NASA and NOAA scientists have developed a new technique for monitoring ice cover on the Great Lakes that's so accurate it can spot the track of an icebreaker -- even at night.

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

November 12, 2013

Curiosity Out of Safe Mode

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project received confirmation from Mars Sunday that the Curiosity rover has successfully transitioned back into nominal surface operations mode.

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The Day the Earth Smiled

November 12, 2013

NASA Cassini Spacecraft Provides New View of Saturn and Earth

NASA has released a natural-color image of Saturn from space, the first in which Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus and Mars, all are visible.

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Bubbly Newborn Star

November 11, 2013

Spitzer and ALMA Reveal a Star's Bubbly Birth

Supersonic jets burst out of a young star's cocoon in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

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Infrared images of Super Typhoon Haiyan

November 8, 2013

NASA Peers Into One of Earth's Strongest Storms Ever

New images from NASA and Indian satellites dissect Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded on Earth.

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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager

November 8, 2013

Curiosity Performs Warm Reset

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity experienced an unexpected software reboot on Nov. 7 as it was sending engineering and science data to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image credit: NASA/JPL

November 8, 2013

Prolific NASA Mars Orbiter Passes Big Data Milestone

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has overhauled understanding of the Red Planet since 2006, has now returned more than 200 trillion bits of data.

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Animation of the atmospheric-river event.

November 8, 2013

Study Finds Climate Link to Atmospheric-River Storms

A NASA-led study of "atmospheric river" storms and global climate patterns may help predict winter snowfall and spring flooding in California's Sierra Nevadas.

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Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field, as depicted in this artist's rendering.

November 7, 2013

NASA's GRAIL Mission Puts a New Face on the Moon

Scientists using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission are gaining new insight into how the face of the moon received its rugged good looks.

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Two Craters with Olivine

November 6, 2013

It's Complicated: Dawn Spurs Rewrite of Vesta's Story

A new analysis of data from NASA's Dawn mission suggests the story of Vesta's formation isn't as simple as scientists thought.

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Black Holes Make Waves in Ocean of Space-Time

November 6, 2013

Black Holes Don't Make a Big Splash

When black holes merge, they send gravitational waves rippling through space and time. By not detecting these waves, astronomers are learning about black hole evolution.

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Looking for Microbes in a Spacecraft Assembly Clean Room

November 6, 2013

Rare New Microbe Found in Two Distant Clean Rooms

A newly discovered microbe that survives on very little to eat has been found in only two places on Earth: spacecraft clean rooms in Florida and South America.

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Galaxies Grow from Inside Out

October 31, 2013

Galaxy Growth Examined Like Rings of a Tree

Astronomers can read the chapters of a galaxy's history by starting from the core and moving out.

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An infrared portrait of the Witch Head nebula from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

October 30, 2013

'Witch Head' Brews Baby Stars

Can you see the profile of a wicked witch in this new infrared image from the WISE mission?

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This illustration compares Earth with the newly confirmed scorched world of Kepler-78b.

October 30, 2013

Scientists Discover the First Earth-size Rocky Planet

Kepler-78b is rocky like Earth, but with an orbit of 8.5 hours, and it blisters under the heat of its star.

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Artist's concept Earth Science Social Media Event

October 29, 2013

NASA Hosts Earth Science Social Media Event

One-hundred people from 22 U.S. states and some foreign countries will attend a two-day NASA Social on Nov. 4 and 5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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Curiosity's View of

October 29, 2013

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Cooperstown'

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has batted 1,000 with its new technique for covering ground faster -- two-day drives, reaching a viewpoint for choosing its next target.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's ISS-RapidScat instrument (inset), which will launch to the International Space Station in 2014

October 29, 2013

Watching Earth's Winds, On a Shoestring

Built with spare parts and without a moment to spare, the International Space Station (ISS)-RapidScat isn't your average NASA Earth science mission.

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This trio of ghostly images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the disembodied remains of dying stars called planetary nebulas

October 28, 2013

A Ghostly Trio from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Haunting images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show the disembodied remains of dying stars.

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A swing high above Saturn by NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed this stately view of the golden-hued planet and its main rings

October 25, 2013

Cassini Swings Above Saturn to Compose a Portrait

On a loop high above Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured a stately view of a golden Saturn and its rings.

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The Boomerang nebula, called the

October 25, 2013

Ghostly Specter Haunts the 'Coldest Place in the Universe'

Raghvendra Sahai of JPL and his team expose the true nature of the Boomerang nebula.

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This artist's concept illustrates the fate of two different planets: the one on the left is similar to Earth, made up largely of silicate-based rocks with oceans coating its surface

October 25, 2013

Carbon Worlds May be Waterless, Finds NASA Study

New theoretical research has so-called diamond planets coming up dry.

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Thomas F. Rosenbaum

October 24, 2013

Caltech Announces New President

Today the California Institute of Technology announced Thomas F. Rosenbaum will be its ninth president.

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Galaxy clusters

October 24, 2013

NASA's Great Observatories Begin Deepest-Ever Probe of the Universe

NASA's Hubble, Spitzer and Chandra space telescopes are teaming up to look deeper into the universe than ever before.

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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured this southward uphill view after beginning to ascend the northwestern slope of 'Solander Point' on the western rim of Endeavour Crater

October 23, 2013

Mars Rover Opportunity Heads Uphill

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover has begun climbing "Solander Point," the northern tip of the tallest hill it has encountered in the mission's nearly 10 Earth years on Mars.

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This false-color mosaic, made from infrared data collected by NASA's Cassini spacecraft, reveals the differences in the composition of surface materials around hydrocarbon lakes at Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

October 23, 2013

Cassini Gets New Views of Titan's Land of Lakes

With the sun over Titan's north pole, some weather luck and optimal viewing positions, NASA's Cassini spacecraft took new images of liquid methane and ethane seas and lakes.

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An artist's concept of Planck

October 23, 2013

Last Command Sent to Planck Space Telescope

After nearly 4.5 years of scanning the skies for the oldest light in the universe, the Planck telescope has been switched off.

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Artist's rendering of the Juno spacecraft approaching Earth on Oct. 9, 2013.

October 23, 2013

Juno Status Report

Oct. 17, 2013 status report for Juno mission

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Artist's impression shows how photons from the early universe are deflected by the gravitational lensing effect of massive cosmic structures as they travel across the universe

October 21, 2013

Long-Sought Pattern of Ancient Light Detected

A twisted pattern of ancient light called B-modes has at last been detected with help from the Herschel space observatory.

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Diagram showing orbit of asteroid 2013 TV135

October 17, 2013

Asteroid 2013 TV135 - A Reality Check

The probability asteroid 2013 TV135 could impact Earth is only one in 63,000. Additional observations are likely to result in a dramatic reduction, or complete elimination, of any risk of Earth impact.

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The center of the Milky Way galaxy imaged on the big screen

October 17, 2013

Managing the Deluge of 'Big Data' From Space

As the flow of large and complex data streams from space increases, so do strategies to handle the deluge.

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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity

October 17, 2013

NASA Rover Confirms Mars Origin of Some Meteorites

Findings from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover confirm that some meteorites on Earth really came from the Red Planet.

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This colorized mosaic from NASA's Cassini mission shows an infrared view of the Saturn system, backlit by the sun, from July 19, 2013.

October 17, 2013

Rings, Dark Side of Saturn Glow in New Cassini Image

The gauzy rings of Saturn and the dark side of the planet glow in newly released infrared images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b

September 30, 2013

NASA Space Telescopes Find Patchy Clouds on Exotic World

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system.

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A Ring of Color

September 30, 2013

NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Finds Ingredient of Household Plastic in Space

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has detected propylene, a chemical used to make food-storage containers, car bumpers and other consumer products, on Saturn's moon Titan.

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Full View of Vesta

September 27, 2013

Dawn Reality-Checks Telescope Studies of Asteroids

Scientists can now compare features first seen at a distance through a telescope to those seen up-close by an orbiting spacecraft.

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Artist's Concept of Mars 2020 Rover

September 26, 2013

NASA Wants Investigations for a Mars 2020 Rover

NASA is soliciting proposals for instruments to fly on the next Mars rover.

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High-Resolution Self-Portrait by Curiosity Rover Arm Camera

September 26, 2013

Science Benefits From Diverse Landing Area of NASA Mars Rover

NASA's Curiosity rover is revealing a great deal about Mars, from long-ago processes in its interior to the current interaction between the Martian surface and atmosphere.

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This picture is from a test of the Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response

September 25, 2013

NASA, Homeland Security Test Disaster Recovery Tool

NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are collaborating on a portable radar device to detect victims trapped in large piles of rubble after a disaster.

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Spitzer Trains Its Eyes on Exoplanets

September 24, 2013

How Engineers Revamped Spitzer to Probe Exoplanets

Even though NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope was never designed to study exoplanets, it has become one of the world's premier telescopes for probing these far-off worlds.

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Close-up of Ridge in Rock Outcrop at Curiosity's Waypoint 1

September 23, 2013

NASA Rover Inspects Pebbly Rocks at Martian Waypoint

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, currently en route to the layered slopes of Mount Sharp, has finished a pause it took for close-up studies of rocks with wet histories.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.

September 20, 2013

NASA's Deep Space Comet Hunter Mission Comes to an End

After almost 9 years in space that included the return of about 500,000 images, NASA's Deep Impact mission has ended.

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First Contact

September 20, 2013

NASA's Deep Impact Produced Deep Results

Launched on a clear winter day in January 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft spanned 268 million miles (431 million kilometers) of deep space in 172 days, then reached out and touched comet Tempel 1.

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This picture shows a lab demonstration of the measurement chamber inside the Tunable Laser Spectrometer, an instrument that is part of the Sample Analysis at Mars investigation on NASA's Curiosity rover.

September 19, 2013

NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane on Mars

Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane.

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Retiring JPL Deputy Director Gen. Eugene Tattini

September 18, 2013

Retiring JPL Deputy Director Passes the Torch

Gen. Eugene Tattini, who has served for the past 12 years as deputy director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., will begin his retirement on Sept. 20.

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Repeated Flybys Yield a Pole-to-Pole View of Europa

September 18, 2013

Long-stressed Europa Likely Off-kilter at One Time

NASA scientists have found evidence Europa likely spun around a tilted axis at some point.

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Testing FINDER in the Rubble

September 17, 2013

New Technology Can Detect Heartbeats in Rubble

New technology may allow victims trapped in piles of rubble to be rescued more quickly.

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

September 16, 2013

NASA Invites Social Media Fans to Earth Science Event

NASA is inviting its social media followers to apply for participation in a two-day NASA Social on Nov. 4 and 5 at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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Touring the Giant Asteroid Vesta

September 13, 2013

Take a Virtual Tour of Vesta With New High-Resolution Images

New images from NASA's Dawn mission show the giant asteroid Vesta at the scale of regional road touring maps.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Voyager spacecraft against a backdrop of stars.

September 12, 2013

How Do We Know When Voyager Reaches Interstellar Space?

Why the debate about if and when Voyager 1 reached interstellar space is so complicated.

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Voyager 1 Entering Interstellar Space

September 12, 2013

NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft officially is the first human-made object to venture into interstellar space.

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Voyager in Space

September 11, 2013

NASA News Conference Today to Discuss Voyager Spacecraft

NASA will host a news conference today at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT), to discuss NASA's Voyager mission.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft. Image Credit:  NASA/JPL-Caltech.

September 10, 2013

Team Attempts to Restore Communications

Ground controllers have been unable to communicate with NASA's long-lived Deep Impact spacecraft.

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Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail

September 10, 2013

Comet Found Hiding in Plain Sight

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered secrets of the "asteroid" called Don Quixote, revealing its true comet nature.

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'Darwin' Outcrop at 'Waypoint 1' of Curiosity's trek to Mount Sharp

September 10, 2013

Long Drive Puts NASA Mars Rover Near Planned Waypoint

After its longest drive yet, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has reached an overlook with a view of exposed bedrock it will study close-up for a few days.

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The latest image of sea surface heights in the Pacific Ocean from NASA's Jason-2 satellite

September 9, 2013

'La Nada' Climate Pattern Lingers in the Pacific

New data from NASA's Jason-2 satellite show near-normal sea surface heights in the equatorial Pacific Ocean persisting for a 16th straight month.

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Brown Dwarf Backyardigans

September 5, 2013

Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Star, Planet Lines

Researchers are getting to know some of our sun's closest and smallest neighbors.

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Black Holes Shine for NuSTAR

September 5, 2013

Catching Black Holes on the Fly

NASA's black-hole-hunter spacecraft, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has "bagged" its first 10 supermassive black holes.

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Landing Area Narrowed for 2016 InSight Mission to Mars

September 4, 2013

NASA Evaluates Four Candidate Sites for 2016 Mars Mission

NASA has narrowed to four the number of potential landing sites for the agency's next mission to the surface of Mars, a 2016 lander to study the planet's interior.

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Two Looks at the Turbulent Saturn Storm

September 3, 2013

Cassini Sees Saturn Storm's Explosive Power

The massive storm that broke out on Saturn in late 2010 churned up water ice from great depths, suggesting a similarity to Earth storms.

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researchers and collaborators have combined historical records, ancient ice from cores in glaciers

September 3, 2013

NASA Study Eyes Soot's Role in 1800s Glacier Retreat

A NASA-led team of scientist-sleuths has uncovered strong evidence for the culprit in a 150-year-old "cold" case involving the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps.

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Former JPL Director Bruce Murray died Aug. 29th.

August 29, 2013

Former JPL Director Bruce Murray Dies After a Long Illness

Former JPL Director Bruce C. Murray died today at the age of 81 after a long illness.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR in orbit.

August 29, 2013

NuSTAR Delivers the X-Ray Goods

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, is giving the wider astronomical community a first look at its unique X-ray images of the cosmos.

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Annular Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos, as Seen by Curiosity

August 28, 2013

NASA Mars Rover Views Eclipse of the Sun by Phobos

New images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity show a Martian moon, Phobos, fully silhouetted in front of the sun.

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This image of the moon was generated by data collected by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper

August 28, 2013

NASA-Funded Scientists Detect Water on Moon's Surface that Hints at Water Below

NASA-funded lunar research has yielded evidence of water locked in mineral grains on the surface of the moon from an unknown source deep beneath the surface.

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This movie was built with data collected during the 147-minute plunge through Titan's thick orange-brown atmosphere

August 28, 2013

Cassini Data: Saturn Moon May Have Rigid Ice Shell

Saturn's moon Titan appears to have less gravity where there are mountains -- a counterintuitive finding.

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Visible image of California's Rim Fire acquired Aug. 23, 2013 by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer

August 27, 2013

NASA 'Eyes' Dissect California's Massive Rim Fire

New images from NASA's Aqua and Terra spacecraft offer unique perspectives on the large and destructive Rim Fire burning in and near California's Yosemite National Park.

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View Ahead After Curiosity's Sol 376 Drive Using Autonomous Navigation

August 27, 2013

NASA'S Mars Curiosity Debuts Autonomous Navigation

For the first time, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has used autonomous navigation, which enables it to cover more distance during each drive on the Red Planet.

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A montage of images taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope over the years.

August 23, 2013

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Ten years after launch, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope continues to illuminate the dark side of the cosmos with its infrared eyes.

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Back to Hunt More Asteroids

August 21, 2013

NASA Spacecraft Reactivated to Hunt for Asteroids

The Near-Earth Object WISE (NEOWISE) mission is expected to re-start in early September to perform three more years of asteroid science.

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Earth Waves at Cassini

August 21, 2013

Cassini Releases Image of Earth Waving at Saturn

People around the world shared more than 1,400 images of themselves as part of the Wave at Saturn event organized by NASA's Cassini mission.

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Australia, combined with the continent's soils and unique topography

August 19, 2013

Littlest Continent Had Biggest Role in Sea Level Drop

A new NASA co-funded study finds the 'Land Down Under' played a unique and complex role in the temporary drop in global sea level observed from 2010 to 2011.

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Radar images of asteroid 2005 WK4 were obtained on Aug. 8, 2013.

August 15, 2013

Radar Images of Asteroid 2005 WK4

A collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was generated by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.

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Illustration Comparing Apparent Sizes of Moons

August 15, 2013

NASA Rover Gets Movie as a Mars Moon Passes Another

The larger of the two moons of Mars, Phobos, passes directly in front of the other, Deimos, in a new series of sky-watching images from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity.

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Voyager the Explorer

August 15, 2013

NASA Voyager Statement about Competing Models to Explain Recent Spacecraft Data

NASA's Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone comments on competing models of Voyager 1's position relative to interstellar space.

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Geological Boundary at the Edge of 'Solander Point'

August 14, 2013

Mars Rover Opportunity Working at Edge of 'Solander'

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity is studying the area of contact between a two rock layers that record environmental conditions from different times in the past.

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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity

August 14, 2013

Watch Live Talk Online: Mars Curiosity, Year One

Join us online for a live public talk from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. EDT) about the Curiosity rover's first year on Mars.

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Artist concept of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Image credit: NASA/JPL

August 14, 2013

Swapping Motion-Sensing Units

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is switching from one motion-sensing device to a duplicate unit onboard.

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Administrator Charles Bolden learns about SMAP in the clean room at NASA/JPL

August 13, 2013

NASA Administrator Previews the 'Year of Earth' at JPL

After launching a string of recent missions to study primarily our solar system and beyond, JPL is preparing three missions for launch in 2014 to study our home planet.

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Xombie technology demonstrator

August 12, 2013

JPL, Masten Testing New Precision Landing Software

JPL engineers collaborate with NASA Dryden on tests of spacecraft landing technology using Masten Space Systems' Xombie rocket.

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A computer-generated image depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft.

August 12, 2013

NASA's Juno is Halfway to Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft has reached the halfway mark on its journey to Jupiter.

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Simulated View from Europa's Surface (Artist's Concept)

August 7, 2013

If We Landed on Europa, What Would We Want to Know?

A new paper lays out the key science questions to answer for any future proposed robotic spacecraft missions to the surface of Jupiter's icy moon Europa.

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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity

August 6, 2013

Mars Curiosity Landing: Relive the Excitement

Where were you when Curiosity landed? People remember the dramatic, tension-filled landing of NASA's Curiosity rover and its Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft on Aug. 5, 2012.

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Curiosity Sol 343 Vista With 'Twin Cairns' on Route to Mount Sharp

August 2, 2013

NASA's Curiosity Nearing First Anniversary on Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover will mark one year on Mars next week and has already achieved its main science goal of revealing ancient Mars could have supported life.

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This image shows two of the galaxy clusters observed by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope missions

August 1, 2013

Monster Galaxies Lose Their Appetite With Age

Lying at the heart of most clusters is a monster galaxy thought to grow in size by merging with neighboring galaxies, a process astronomers call galactic cannibalism.

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This set of images from NASA's Cassini mission shows how the gravitational pull of Saturn affects the amount of spray coming from jets at the active moon Enceladus

July 31, 2013

NASA's Cassini Sees Forces Controlling Enceladus Jets

The intensity of jets of water ice and organic particles that shoot out from Enceladus depends on the moon's proximity to Saturn, according to NASA's Cassini spacecraft data.

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In this artist's impression, a disk of dusty material leftover from star formation girds two young stars like a hula hoop

July 31, 2013

Spitzer Discovers Young Stars with a 'Hula Hoop'

A pair of stars peeks out from a tilted disk twirling around them, allowing astronomers to monitor their "blinking" pattern.

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This image from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean shows a collection of limestone towers known as the 'Lost City.'

July 30, 2013

How Did Earth's Primitive Chemistry Get Kick Started?

New papers co-authored by a JPL scientist detail the chemistry and structures present at certain types of hydrothermal vents at the bottom of our oceans.

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NEOWISE Eyes the Enigmatic Centaurs

July 25, 2013

NASA's WISE Finds Mysterious Centaurs May Be Comets

The true identity of centaurs, the small celestial bodies orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Neptune, is one of the enduring mysteries of astrophysics.

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View From Mars Orbiter Showing Curiosity Rover at 'Shaler'

July 24, 2013

Curiosity Mars Rover Gleams in View from Orbiter

A recent image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and the wheel tracks starting at its landing site.

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View From Curiosity's Arm-Mounted Camera After a Long Drive

July 23, 2013

Curiosity Makes Its Longest One-Day Drive on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove twice as far on July 21 as on any other day of the mission so far: 109.7 yards (100.3 meters).

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Spitzer Eyes Comet ISON

July 23, 2013

NASA's Spitzer Observes Gas Emission From Comet ISON

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have observed what most likely are strong carbon dioxide emissions from Comet ISON.

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Sunset shot of the 70m antenna at Goldstone, California.

July 23, 2013

JPL Selects NASA Deep Space Network Subcontractor

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has selected ITT Exelis Information Systems to operate and maintain the NASA Deep Space Network complex and perform other support functions.

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The Day the Earth Smiled: Sneak Preview

July 22, 2013

NASA Releases Images of Earth by Distant Spacecraft

Color and black-and-white images of Earth taken by two NASA interplanetary spacecraft on July 19 show our planet and moon from millions of miles away in space.

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JPL Waves at Saturn

July 19, 2013

JPLers Wave at Saturn as Part of Worldwide Campaign

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took pictures of Earth from 900 million miles away today.

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Two-Dimensional Planetary Surface Landers

July 19, 2013

NASA Advanced Technology Concepts Selected for Study

NASA has selected 12 proposals, including two from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts Program, which aims to turn science fiction into fact.

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Shooting Lasers

July 18, 2013

Reports Detail Mars Rover Clues to Atmosphere's Past

A pair of new papers report measurements of the Martian atmosphere's composition by NASA's Curiosity rover, providing evidence about loss of much of Mars' original atmosphere.

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This simulated view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the expected positions of Saturn and Earth on July 19, 2013

July 18, 2013

NASA Interplanetary Probes to Take Pictures of Earth

Two NASA spacecraft, one studying the Saturn system, the other observing Mercury, are maneuvering into place to take pictures of Earth on July 19 and 20.

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Color View From Orbit Showing Opportunity in 'Botany Bay'

July 17, 2013

Overhead View of Mars Rover 10 Years After Launch

An image from Mars orbit taken 10 years after the launch of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the long-lived rover on its trek to a new destination on Mars.

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Toxic Wasteland or Lush Paradise?

July 17, 2013

In the Zone: How Scientists Search for Habitable Planets

NASA's Kepler mission is helping in the quest for "Goldilocks planets," where conditions are "just right" for development of life.

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One Down, Many Kilometers to Go

July 17, 2013

Curiosity Mars Rover Passes Kilometer of Driving

The latest drive by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover brought the total distance that the rover has driven on Mars to more than 1 kilometer.

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Disk Patterns Form Without Planets

July 12, 2013

Disks Don't Need Planets to Make Patterns

A NASA study shows that ring and spiral patterns in planet-forming disks form all on their own, without the need for planets.

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NASA's Don Yeomans Receives Sagan Medal

July 12, 2013

Asteroid Expert Receives Carl Sagan Medal for Public Communication

The manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at JPL, Donald K. Yeomans, has received the 2013 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society.

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Heading for Mount Sharp, Sol 329

July 11, 2013

Third Drive of Curiosity's Long Trek Covers 135 Feet

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity drove 135 feet (41 meters) on Tuesday, July 9, the third drive in a journey of many months from the "Glenelg" area to Mount Sharp.

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July 11, 2013

NASA's OPALS to Beam Data From Space Via Laser

NASA will use the International Space Station to test new technology that could improve spacecraft communications and strengthen transmission of scientific data.

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DARPA Virtual Robotic Challenge (VRC) tasks included guiding the robot over different terrain, including uneven ground

July 11, 2013

JPL's Robosimian Advances in DARPA Competition

DARPA has selected RoboSimian, an ape-like disaster-recovery robot designed and built at JPL, to compete in the December 2013 DARPA Robotics Trials.

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Artist's Concept of Mars 2020 Rover

July 9, 2013

Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover

A new report provided to NASA details science objectives for the rover the agency will send to Mars in 2020.

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Parkes Telescope

July 8, 2013

Radio Bursts Discovered From Beyond our Galaxy

Astronomers have discovered bursts of radio waves originating from beyond our galaxy.

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First Leg of Long Trek Toward Mount Sharp

July 8, 2013

Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Trek Toward Mount Sharp

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun a long trek toward Mount Sharp, leaving behind an area where it already accomplished its major science objective.

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Global view of Mars

July 8, 2013

NASA Discusses Mars 2020 Plans in July 9 Teleconference

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) on Tuesday, July 9 to provide details about a report that will help define science objectives for the agency's next Mars rover.

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Artist's concept of the joint NASA/CNES Jason-1 ocean altimetry satellite

July 3, 2013

Long-Running Jason-1 Ocean Satellite Takes Final Bow

The curtain has come down on a superstar of the satellite oceanography world that played the "Great Blue Way" of the world's ocean for 11-1/2 years.

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Opportunity's View in 'Botany Bay' Toward 'Solander Point'

July 2, 2013

Mars Rover Opportunity Passes Half-Way Point to Next Destination

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has driven more than half of the distance needed to get from a site where it spent 22 months to its next destination.

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This image from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) shows Messier 94, also known as NGC 4736, in ultraviolet light

June 28, 2013

NASA Decommissions Its Galaxy Hunter Spacecraft

NASA has turned off its Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) after a decade of operations in which the telescope used ultraviolet vision to study hundreds of millions of galaxies.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun

June 27, 2013

NASA's Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our 'Solar Bubble'

Data from Voyager 1, now more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from the sun, suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first human-made object to reach interstellar space.

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Artist's concept of Seasat

June 27, 2013

Trailblazer Sea Satellite Marks its Coral Anniversary

A short-lived JPL Earth satellite launched 35 years ago this week continues to live on through the many missions it has spawned.

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Asteroid 2013 MZ5 as seen by the University of Hawaii's PanSTARR-1 telescope.

June 24, 2013

Ten Thousandth Near-Earth Object Unearthed in Space

The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was detected on June 18, 2013, by the Pan-STARRS-1 telescope.

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Curiosity Touching Down, Artist's Concept

June 21, 2013

NASA Announces Winners of 2012 George M. Low Award

Two companies with a commitment to teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service are receiving NASA's prestigious George M. Low Award.

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This is a reduced version of panorama from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity with 1.3 billion pixels in the full-resolution version.

June 19, 2013

Billion-Pixel View of Mars Comes From Curiosity Rover

A billion-pixel view from the surface of Mars, from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, offers armchair explorers a way to examine one part of the Red Planet in great detail.

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This simulated view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the expected positions of Saturn and Earth on July 19, 2013, around the time Cassini will take Earth's picture.

June 18, 2013

Cassini Probe to Take Photo of Earth From Deep Space

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now exploring Saturn, will take a picture of our home planet from a distance of hundreds of millions of miles on July 19.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR in orbit.

June 17, 2013

The Turbulent, High-Energy Sky Is Keeping NuSTAR Busy

Like "things that go bump in the night," a few high-energy events in the universe have captured the attention of the NuSTAR telescope.

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This photo shows the ice front of Venable Ice Shelf, West Antarctica, in October 2008

June 13, 2013

Warm Ocean Causing Most Antarctic Ice Shelf Mass Loss

Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found.

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This graphic depicts the Mars Climate Sounder instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter measuring the temperature of a cross section of the Martian atmosphere as the orbiter passes above the south polar region

June 12, 2013

Mars Water-Ice Clouds Are Key to Odd Thermal Rhythm

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have found that temperatures in the Martian atmosphere regularly rise and fall not just once each day, but twice.

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Several types of downhill flow features have been observed on Mars.

June 11, 2013

Marks on Martian Dunes May Be Tracks of Dry-Ice Sleds

NASA research indicates hunks of frozen carbon dioxide -- dry ice -- may glide down some Martian sand dunes on cushions of gas similar to miniature hovercraft, plowing furrows as they go.

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This illustration shows a newfound reservoir of stellar fuel discovered by the Herschel space observatory (red)

June 11, 2013

Shining a Light on Cool Pools of Gas in the Galaxy

The stuff of stars is not always easy to see. Thanks to the Herschel Space Observatory, invisible pools of gas in our galaxy are being mapped better than before.

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The Sculptor galaxy is seen in a new light, in this composite image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Southern Observatory in Chile

June 11, 2013

Black Hole Naps Amidst Stellar Chaos

NASA's NuSTAR space telescope has found evidence of a slumbering massive black hole in a galaxy bursting with new stars.

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Permafrost zones occupy nearly a quarter of the exposed land area of the Northern Hemisphere.

June 10, 2013

Is a Sleeping Climate Giant Stirring in the Arctic?

Frozen Arctic soils hold vast stores of carbon that may exacerbate global warming. A NASA Arctic campaign is looking for signals that may hold a key to Earth's climate future.

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Map showing fires in the Amazon forest between 1999 and 2010

June 7, 2013

Hidden Wildfires Taking Big Toll on Amazon Rainforest

A pair of new studies using NASA satellite data shed light on a previously hidden type of Amazon forest wildfire and links between climate conditions and Amazon fire risk.

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This illustration shows the path of Asteroid 2013 LR6

June 7, 2013

Small Asteroid Between Earth and Moon

Small asteroid 2013 LR6 will safely fly past this evening at a distance of about 65,000 miles (105,000 kilometers) above Earth's surface.

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Opportunity's view of 'Solander Point'

June 7, 2013

Mars Rover Opportunity Trekking Toward More Layers

Approaching its 10th anniversary of leaving Earth, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is on the move again, trekking to a new study area still many weeks away.

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This image of asteroid 1998 QE2 was obtained on June 1, 2013

June 6, 2013

Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon

Scientists working with NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., have released a second, longer, more refined movie clip of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon.

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Artist's Concept of Rover on Mars

June 6, 2013

NASA to Host June 7 Mars Rover Opportunity Teleconference

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 9 a.m. PDT (noon EDT) on Friday, June 7, to provide an update about the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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NASA's DC-8 flying laboratory will carry a team of scientists and their sensors for the Studies of Emissions

June 6, 2013

NASA to Study How Pollution, Storms and Climate Mix

NASA will take to the southern U.S. skies this summer to study how pollution and natural emissions pushed high into the atmosphere by storms affect the atmosphere and climate.

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On the Road Toward a Star, Planets Halt Their Migration

June 6, 2013

Stars Don't Obliterate Their Planets (Very Often)

A new study using data from NASA's Kepler mission shows that migrating planets cease their travels before being consumed by their stars.

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The Newcastle-Moore EF-5 tornado ripped through central Oklahoma on May 20, 2013, killing 24 people

June 5, 2013

NASA Spacecraft Sees Tornado's Destructive Swath

The massive tornado that devastated portions of Moore, Okla. and surrounding areas on May 20 scarred the landscape for miles, as seen in a new NASA spacecraft image.

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A Ring of Color

June 5, 2013

Cassini Sees Precursors to Aerosol Haze on Titan

Scientists have confirmed the presence of complex, ringed hydrocarbons in the upper atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

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Drilled Hole and ChemCam Marks at 'Cumberland'

June 5, 2013

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Nears Turning Point

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is approaching its biggest turning point since landing its rover, Curiosity, inside Mars' Gale Crater last summer.

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Stars Shoot Jets in Cosmic Playground

June 5, 2013

NASA's Spitzer Sees Milky Way's Blooming Countryside

New views from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show blooming stars in our Milky Way galaxy's more barren territories, far from its crowded core.

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

June 3, 2013

NASA to Host June 5 Teleconference on Curiosity Mars Rover

NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. PDT (2:30 p.m. EDT), Wednesday, June 5 to provide an update about the Curiosity Mars rover.

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Using a precision formation-flying technique, the twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field, as depicted in this artist's rendering.

May 30, 2013

NASA's GRAIL Mission Solves Mystery of Moon's Surface Gravity

NASA's GRAIL mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects lunar-orbiting spacecraft.

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Cruise Vehicles (Artist Concept)

May 30, 2013

Data From NASA Rover's Voyage to Mars Aids Planning

Radiation measurements made during the flight of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory to Mars in 2012 provide helpful information for design of future human deep-space expeditions.

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First radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 were obtained when the asteroid was about 3.75 million miles

May 30, 2013

NASA Radar Reveals Asteroid Has Its Own Moon

A sequence of radar images of asteroid 1998 QE2 was obtained on the evening of May 29, 2013, by NASA scientists using a Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif.

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Remnants of Ancient Streambed on Mars (White-Balanced View)

May 30, 2013

Pebbly Rocks Testify to Old Streambed on Mars

A new report tells how rocks examined by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity reveal details of how deep and how fast water once flowed in an ancient Martian stream.

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The fifth science flight of NASA's Global Hawk (green line) concluded when the aircraft landed at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility

May 29, 2013

NASA Research Aircraft to Double-Team 2013 Hurricanes

A pair of unmanned NASA aircraft will take to the skies later this summer during the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season to study what makes hurricanes form and strengthen.

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Asteroid Family's Shattered Past

May 29, 2013

NASA's WISE Mission Finds Lost Asteroid Family Members

Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) have led to a new and improved family tree for asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter.

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North Polar View

May 29, 2013

Cassini Finds Hints of Activity at Saturn Moon Dione

A moon once thought to be boring could actually be quite animated, according to a new study analyzing data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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The orbit of asteroid 1998 QE2. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

May 29, 2013

NASA Hosts News and Social Media Events Around this Week's Asteroid Pass

NASA invites people to participate in online and televised events May 30 to 31 about the agency's asteroid initiative and the Earth flyby of asteroid 1998 QE2.

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

May 28, 2013

NASA to Discuss Mars Curiosity Radiation Findings

NASA will host a media teleconference Thursday, May 30, to present new findings from the Mars Science Laboratory Radiation Assessment Detector(RAD) aboard the rover Curiosity.

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Drawing of the HMS Challenger survey vessel preparing to measure ocean temperatures

May 24, 2013

Century-Old Science Helps Confirm Global Warming

Data from a British high-seas scientific expedition in the 1870s have provided further confirmation of human-produced global warming over the past century.

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simulation shows the formation of a massive galaxy

May 23, 2013

Galaxies Fed by Funnels of Fuel

Supercomputers have helped reveal that galaxies bulk up in mass by feeding off cosmic swirly straws of gas.

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NASA Administrator Visits JPL, Discusses Asteroid Initiative

May 23, 2013

NASA Administrator Visits JPL, Talks Asteroids

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden met with members of the asteroid initiative team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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The three NASA-built instruments and associated ground support equipment for the U.S./European Jason-3 ocean altimetry satellite

May 22, 2013

NASA Ships Sensors for Seafaring Satellite to France

NASA's instruments for the next in a series of missions to chart sea level and improve weather, climate and ocean forecasts have shipped overseas for spacecraft integration.

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The Making of a Giant Galaxy

May 22, 2013

Herschel Space Observatory Finds Galaxy Mega Merger

A massive and rare merging of two galaxies has been spotted in images taken by the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA participation.

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Vast Ligeia Mare in False Color

May 22, 2013

Forecast for Titan: Wild Weather Could be Ahead

Two new models with implications for NASA's Cassini mission suggest the onset of spring in Titan's northern hemisphere could bring waves and hurricanes.

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'Cumberland' Target Drilled by Curiosity

May 20, 2013

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Drills Second Rock Target

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has used the drill on its robotic arm to collect a powdered sample from the interior of a rock called "Cumberland."

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Rock Target 'Esperance' Altered by Wet History (False Color)

May 17, 2013

Mars Rover Opportunity Examines Clay Clues in Rock

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is driving to a new study area after a dramatic finish to 20 months on "Cape York" with examination of a rock intensely altered by water.

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View Back at Record-Setting Drive by Opportunity

May 16, 2013

Nine-Year-Old Mars Rover Passes 40-Year-Old Record

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity now holds the record for farthest driving by a NASA vehicle on a world away from Earth, passing a mark set by an Apollo astronaut-driven rover.

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Galactic Wheels within Wheels

May 16, 2013

Galaxy's Ring of Fire

This ring of fire "burns, burns, burns" with young stars.

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May 16, 2013

NASA Helps Pinpoint Glaciers' Role in Sea Level Rise

A new study of glaciers worldwide from two NASA satellites has helped resolve differences in estimates of how fast glaciers are disappearing and contributing to sea level rise.

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The orbit of asteroid 1998 QE2.

May 15, 2013

Asteroid 1998 QE2 to Sail Past Earth Nine Times Larger Than Cruise Ship

Asteroid 1998 QE2 will get no closer than about 3.6 million miles at time of closest approach on May 31 at 1:59 p.m. Pacific (4:59 p.m. Eastern).

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Fresh Cluster of Impact Craters on Mars

May 15, 2013

NASA Probe Counts Space Rock Impacts on Mars

Scientists using images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have estimated that the planet is bombarded by more than 200 small asteroids or bits of comets per year.

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Global Topographic Map of Titan

May 15, 2013

Cassini Shapes First Global Topographic Map of Titan

Scientists have used data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft to map the highs and lows of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

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The quick dry-out of vegetation in Southern California this year is depicted in this pair of images

May 13, 2013

Satellites See Double Jeopardy for SoCal Fire Season

New insights into two factors that are creating a potentially volatile Southern California wildfire season come from an ongoing project using NASA and Indian satellite data.

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'Cumberland' Selected as Curiosity's Second Drilling Target

May 9, 2013

NASA Curiosity Rover Team Selects Second Drilling Target on Mars

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has selected a second target rock for drilling and sampling.

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Team Behind Curiosity Receives Collier Trophy

May 9, 2013

NASA Curiosity Rover Wins Prestigious Awards

Two prominent aerospace industry organizations are recognizing the contributions of NASA, especially the achievements of the team that landed NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars in August, with coveted awards.

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Planetary Family Portrait

May 9, 2013

Sifting Through the Atmospheres of Far-off Worlds

Researchers have begun taking infrared pictures of planets posing near their stars in family portraits.

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This artist's concept illustrates the frenzied activity at the core of our Milky Way galaxy.

May 7, 2013

Milky Way Black Hole Snacks on Hot Gas

The supermassive black hole at the core of our Milky Way galaxy is gobbling up hot gas, according to a new study from the Herschel space observatory.

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An Astronomer's Fantasy: Planets in the Lab

May 6, 2013

NASA's Spitzer Puts Planets in a Petri Dish

Astronomers are using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to dissect the atmospheres of an exotic class of planets called hot Jupiters.

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Mt. Dana and Dana Plateau in the Tuolumne River Basin within Yosemite National Park, Calif

May 2, 2013

NASA Opens New Era in Measuring Western U.S. Snowpack

A new NASA airborne mission is producing the most accurate measurements to date of how much water is in the snowpack of two mountain watersheds in California and Colorado.

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Artist Concept of Particle Population in Saturn's Magnetosphere

May 2, 2013

'Tis the Season -- for Plasma Changes at Saturn

NASA's Cassini mission helps reveal seasonal changes in the bubble of charged particles around Saturn, providing a clue to some long-standing mysteries.

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover social media campaign and its Solar System Exploration site

May 1, 2013

Mars Rover Social Media, NASA/JPL Website Win Awards

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover social media campaign and the agency's Solar System Exploration website win Webby Awards, the leading honor for the best of the Internet.

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

May 1, 2013

Opportunity Exits Standby, Back at Work

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has exited a standby mode and is now executing a sequence of commands sent by the rover team.

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Cool Andromeda

April 29, 2013

Herschel Completes Its 'Cool' Journey in Space

The Herschel observatory, which NASA helped build instruments and process data, has stopped making observations after running out of liquid coolant as expected.

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The Rose

April 29, 2013

NASA Probe Gets Close-Up Views of Large Hurricane on Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided scientists the first close-up, visible-light views of a behemoth hurricane swirling around Saturn's north pole.

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Curiosity's Entry, Descent and Landing Team at National Air and Space Museum

April 25, 2013

Curiosity Wins National Air and Space Museum Trophy

The team in charge of landing NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, received the museum's highest group honor.

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Meteors Meet Saturn's Rings

April 25, 2013

NASA Probe Observes Meteors Colliding with Saturn's Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has provided the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn's rings.

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Fly Along with Voyager to Interstellar Space

April 24, 2013

NASA Invites the Public to Fly Along with Voyager

NASA's twin Voyager spacecraft are on the verge of plunging into interstellar space -- the space between stars -- and two new Web tools let the public fly along.

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Distribution of Water in Jupiter's Stratosphere

April 23, 2013

Herschel Links Water Around Jupiter to Comet Impact

Astronomers trace water in Jupiter's intermediate atmospheric layer back to the famous Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet impact of 19 years ago.

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Galaxy Packs Big Star-Making Punch

April 23, 2013

Galaxy Goes Green in Burning Stellar Fuel

Astronomers have spotted the most efficient maker of stars yet, a galaxy undergoing a rare phase of evolution.

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The HyspIRI airborne campaign overflew California's San Andreas Fault on March 29, 2013.

April 22, 2013

NASA's HyspIRI Sees the Forest for the Trees and More

As the world celebrates Earth Day 2013, a NASA airborne campaign is busy studying California's ecosystems in a whole new light in preparation for a future satellite mission.

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Kepler-62 and the Solar System

April 18, 2013

Kepler Discovers its Smallest Habitable Zone Planets

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone."

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On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at JPL

April 18, 2013

Three From JPL on Time Magazine 'Most Influential' List

On a new list of the 100 most influential people on Earth, three work at the same California address, where they've led projects to study things that are not on Earth.

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New Project Managers for Mars Orbiters

April 17, 2013

NASA Mars Orbiters Have New Project Managers

Two NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars, both working long past their original prime missions, have new project managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

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Artist's Impression of Starburst Galaxy

April 17, 2013

Astronomers Discover Massive Star Factory in Early Universe

Busy-bee galaxy seen churning out stars when our universe was just a baby.

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Tempel Alive with Light

April 16, 2013

How to Target an Asteroid

The hunt is on for methods to aim a spacecraft at an asteroid.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Kepler space telescope. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

April 16, 2013

NASA Hosts Media Briefing on Kepler Planetary Discovery

NASA will host a news briefing at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT), Thursday, April 18, to announce new discoveries from the agency's Kepler mission.

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These images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show one of the large seas and a bounty of smaller lakes on Saturn's moon Titan.

April 15, 2013

Titan's Methane: Going, Going, Soon to Be Gone?

NASA's Cassini mission tracks long-lived lakes in Titan's northern hemisphere and finds that the moon's methane may be disappearing.

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NEOCam Sensor

April 15, 2013

NASA-Funded Asteroid Tracking Sensor Passes Key Test

An infrared sensor that could improve NASA's future detecting and tracking of asteroids and comets has passed a critical design test.

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Energy From Above Affecting Surface of Europa

April 12, 2013

Where are the Best Windows Into Europa's Interior?

A new look at data from NASA's Galileo mission yields pointers for where on Europa's surface the watery interior of this moon of Jupiter is best revealed.

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This computer graphic depicts the orbit of comet 2013 A1 (Siding Spring) through the inner solar system.

April 12, 2013

Comet to Make Close Flyby of Red Planet in October 2014

New observations of comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) have allowed NASA's Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. to further refine the comet's orbit.

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Polar Vortex in Color

April 11, 2013

Ice Cloud Heralds Fall at Titan's South Pole

NASA's Cassini finds a kind of cloud only previously seen at the moon's north pole.

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Could This Be the Mars Soviet 3 Lander?

April 11, 2013

NASA Mars Orbiter Images May Show 1971 Soviet Lander

Hardware from a spacecraft that the Soviet Union landed on Mars in 1971 might appear in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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NASA's FY2014 budget proposal includes a plan to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid

April 10, 2013

NASA Associate Administrator on Asteroid Initiative

The following are statements from the associate administrators of three NASA directorates.

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Saturn's Ring 'Rain'

April 10, 2013

Blame it on the Rain (from Saturn's Rings)

A study partially funded by NASA finds that charged-water "rain" from Saturn's rings falls across large swaths of the planet.

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NASA logo

April 9, 2013

NASA, Mars Curiosity Win Awards for Social Media

NASA's official Twitter feed, @NASA, has won its second consecutive Shorty award for the best government use of social media.

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The 2013 Carl Sagan Fellows

April 9, 2013

NASA Selects 2013 Carl Sagan Fellows

NASA has announced recipients of the 2013 Sagan Exoplanet Fellowships, a program designed to encourage new talent in exoplanet research.

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This image shows the first holes into rock drilled by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity

April 8, 2013

Remaining Martian Atmosphere Still Dynamic

Mars has lost much of its original atmosphere, but what's left remains quite active, recent findings from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity indicate.

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Europa Global Views in Natural and Enhanced Colors

April 4, 2013

Mapping the Chemistry Needed for Life at Europa

A new study led by a NASA researcher provides the first observations of the global distribution of hydrogen peroxide across the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.

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Tvashtar in Motion

April 4, 2013

Scientists to Io: Volcanoes are in the Wrong Spot

Unexpected locations of volcanoes provide a clue that we don't fully understand Jupiter's moon Io, a fiery world observed by NASA's Voyager and Galileo spacecraft.

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This artist's concept depicts a dense, dead star called a white dwarf

April 4, 2013

Gravity-Bending Find Leads to Kepler Meeting Einstein

The light of a red star is warped and magnified by its dead-star companion, as detected by NASA's Kepler space telescope.

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On March 17, 2013, NASA's Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR)

April 3, 2013

NASA Flies Radar South on Wide-Ranging Expedition

A versatile NASA airborne imaging radar system is showcasing its broad scientific prowess for studying our home planet during a month-long expedition over the Americas.

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Taken Under the 'Wing' of the Small Magellanic Cloud

April 3, 2013

A Confetti-Like Collection of Stars

Stars sparkle in this lively new view of the Small Magellanic Cloud from NASA's Great Observatories.

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MSL's Parachute Flapping in the Wind

April 3, 2013

Used Parachute on Mars Flaps in the Wind

Photos from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show how the parachute that helped NASA's Curiosity rover land on Mars last summer has changed its shape on the ground.

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Titan Up Front

April 2, 2013

NASA Team Investigates Complex Chemistry at Titan

A laboratory experiment at JPL simulating the atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan suggests another region in the atmosphere that could brew up prebiotic materials.

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NASA researchers modified three repurposed Aerovironment RQ-14 Dragon Eye

April 1, 2013

NASA Sends Unmanned Aircraft to Study Volcanic Plume

Like bees buzzing around a hive, three unmanned aircraft were sent by NASA into a Costa Rican volcano's plume last month to study its chemical environment.

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Churning Out Stars

March 28, 2013

Hunting Massive Stars with Herschel

In a new view of a vast star-forming cloud called W3, the Herschel space observatory tells the story of how massive stars are born.

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Bright Moons

March 26, 2013

Saturn is Like an Antiques Shop, Cassini Suggests

NASA's Cassini spacecraft analyzes the water ice and color distribution in the Saturn system, revealing gently worn, vintage goods.

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FIRST Robotics Winners

March 26, 2013

Local High Schools Win in Robotic Smackdown

High schools from Los Angeles, Atascadero, Goleta and Beverly Hills are top winners in the Los Angeles regional FIRST Robotics competition.

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View From Camera Not Used During Curiosity's First Six Months on Mars

March 25, 2013

Curiosity Resumes Science Investigations

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has resumed science investigations after recovery from a computer glitch that prompted a switch to a redundant main computer on Feb. 28.

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A Shared Bombardment History

March 25, 2013

NASA Scientists Find Moon, Asteroids Share History

NASA and international researchers have discovered that Earth's moon has more in common than previously thought with large asteroids roaming our solar system.

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World Water Day

March 22, 2013

JPL Scientists Reflect on World Water Day

On World Water Day (March 22), JPL scientists involved in water-related research reflect on the importance of freshwater.

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Planck's Super-Duper Computer

March 21, 2013

Supercomputer Helps Planck Mission Expose Ancient Light

How do scientists extract ancient light from the sky? Like archeologists digging for fossils, they carefully sift through foreground material to reveal their prize.

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Best Map Ever of the Universe

March 21, 2013

Planck Mission Brings Universe Into Sharp Focus

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins.

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Geometry of Mars Solar Conjunction

March 20, 2013

Sun in the Way Will Affect Mars Missions in April

The positions of the planets next month will mean diminished communications between Earth and NASA's spacecraft at Mars.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Voyager spacecraft.

March 20, 2013

NASA Voyager Status Update on Voyager 1 Location

The consensus of the Voyager science team is that Voyager 1 has not yet reached interstellar space.

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An artist's concept of the Planck spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

March 19, 2013

NASA News Telecon: Planck Cosmology Findings (Update)

NASA will host a news teleconference at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT), Thursday, March 21, to discuss the first cosmology results from Planck.

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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures

March 19, 2013

Curiosity Rover Exits 'Safe Mode'

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has returned to active status and is on track to resume science investigations, following two days in a precautionary standby status, "safe mode."

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera image shows the impact site of GRAIL A

March 19, 2013

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Sees GRAIL's Explosive Farewell

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has imaged the final resting places on the moon of both of NASA's GRAIL spacecraft.

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Infant Stars Peek Out from Dusty Cradles

March 19, 2013

Herschel Discovers Some of the Youngest Stars Ever Seen

Astronomers have found some of the youngest stars ever seen, thanks to the Herschel space observatory, a European Space Agency mission with important NASA contributions.

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Radar Images of Asteroid 2013 ET

March 18, 2013

Goldstone Radar Snags Images of Asteroid 2013 ET

Scientists capture radar images of asteroid 2013 ET.

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This self-portrait of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity combines 66 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager

March 18, 2013

New Curiosity 'Safe Mode' Status Expected to be Brief

Engineers have quickly diagnosed a software issue that prompted NASA's Mars rover Curiosity to put itself into a precautionary standby status over the weekend.

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Hydration Map, Based on Mastcam Spectra, for 'Knorr' Rock Target

March 18, 2013

Curiosity Mars Rover Sees Trend in Water Presence

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has seen evidence of water-bearing minerals in rocks near where it had already found clay minerals inside a drilled rock.

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Montage of our solar system.

March 15, 2013

Moon, Mars Science Conference Events to be Streamed

Science conference briefings to be held next week in Houston will be streamed live online.

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A white-balanced mosaic of Mars' Mt. Sharp from NASA's Mars rover Curiosity

March 15, 2013

Panorama From NASA Mars Rover Shows Mount Sharp

Rising above the present location of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity, higher than any mountain in the 48 contiguous states of the United States, Mount Sharp is featured in new imagery from the rover.

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artist's concept of the Planck spacecraft.

March 15, 2013

NASA TV News Conference to Discuss Planck Cosmology Findings

NASA will host a news conference at 8 a.m. PDT (11 a.m. EDT) Thursday, March 21, to discuss the first cosmology results from Planck, a European Space Agency mission with significant NASA participation.

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Peering Deep into Jupiter's Atmosphere

March 14, 2013

'Hot Spots' Ride a Merry-Go-Round on Jupiter

NASA's Cassini spacecraft tracks the shifting shape of holes in Jupiter's atmosphere over time.

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Veronica McGregor, Stephanie Smith and Courtney O'Connor of JPL accepted the SXSW Interactive Social Media Award.

March 13, 2013

Mars Curiosity Lands South by Southwest Interactive Award

The down-to-Earth persona of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has captured the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Award for best social media campaign.

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Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site

March 13, 2013

NASA Mars Rover Mission Picked for Smithsonian Honor

The team in charge of successfully landing NASA's Mars rover Curiosity will receive the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's 2013 Trophy for Current Achievement.

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Two Different Aqueous Environments

March 12, 2013

NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited for Ancient Life on Mars

An analysis of a rock sample collected by NASA's Curiosity rover shows ancient Mars could have supported living microbes.

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

March 11, 2013

Curiosity Rover's Recovery Moving Forward

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity continues to move forward with assessment and recovery from a memory glitch that affected the rover's A-side computer.

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Two Brown Dwarfs in Our Backyard

March 11, 2013

Closest Star System Found in a Century

NASA's WISE mission has found the closest star system discovered since 1916 -- a pair of brown dwarfs right in our celestial backyard.

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Portrait of a Lady

March 11, 2013

Cassini Returns Images of Battered Saturn Moon

Craters and a curious feature are visible in images of Rhea returned by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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For those in search of comet L4 PANSTARRS, look to the west after sunset in early and mid-March.

March 7, 2013

Comet PANSTARRS Rises to the Occasion Mid-March

A beautiful comet with a bulky name is making an appearance this month for lucky sky-watchers in some parts of the world.

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Visualization of Buried Marte Vallis Channels

March 7, 2013

NASA Helps See Buried Mars Flood Channels in 3-D

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided images allowing scientists for the first time to create a 3-D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the Martian surface.

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

March 7, 2013

NASA Briefing on Curiosity's Analysis of Mars Rock

NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT), Tuesday, March 12, on the Curiosity rover's analysis of the first sample of rock powder ever collected on Mars.

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be flying close to Saturn's moon Rhea on Saturday

March 7, 2013

Cassini Makes Last Close Flyby of Saturnian Moon Rhea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will use its instruments to probe the internal structure of the icy Saturnian moon Rhea.

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Herschel's Cool Universe

March 5, 2013

Herschel to Complete Its Mission Soon

The Herschel space observatory is expected to exhaust its supply of liquid helium coolant in the coming weeks, after spending more than three years studying the cool universe.

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Taste of the Ocean on Europa's Surface

March 5, 2013

A Window into Europa's Ocean Right at the Surface

A study partially funded by NASA finds evidence of ocean salt on Europa's surface.

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Curiosity Rover's Self Portrait at 'John Klein' Drilling Site

March 4, 2013

Curiosity Rover's Recovery on Track

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has transitioned from precautionary "safe mode" to active status on the path of recovery from a memory glitch last week.

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Earth's Twin Seen From Saturn

March 1, 2013

Cassini Spies Bright Venus From Saturn Orbit

A distant world gleaming in sunlight, Earth's twin planet, Venus, shines like a bright beacon in images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn.

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

February 28, 2013

Computer Swap on Curiosity Rover

The ground team for NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has switched the rover to a redundant onboard computer in response to a memory issue on the computer that had been active.

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A video camera on a NASA-designed-and-funded mini-submarine captured this view as it descended a 2,600-foot-deep

February 28, 2013

What Lies Beneath: NASA Antarctic Sub Goes Subglacial

A mini-submarine designed and funded by NASA played a key role in a recent international expedition to explore a remote subglacial lake beneath the frozen Antarctic ice sheet.

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Black Holes: Monsters in Space

February 27, 2013

NASA's NuSTAR Helps Solve Riddle of Black Hole Spin

Two X-ray space observatories have measured definitively, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our sun.

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NASA has released the first full year of validated ocean surface salinity data from the agency's Aquarius

February 27, 2013

NASA's Aquarius Sees Salty Shifts

The seasonal stirrings of our salty world are revealed by the first full year of ocean surface salinity data captured by NASA's Aquarius instrument.

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Artist's concept of the Interplanetary NanoSpacecraft Pathfinder In Relevant Environment (INSPIRE) CubeSat project.

February 26, 2013

NASA Announces New CubeSat Space Mission Candidates

NASA has selected 24 small satellites, including three from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to fly as payloads aboard rockets planned to launch in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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The left Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took this image of Curiosity's sample-processing

February 25, 2013

Lab Instruments Inside Curiosity Eat Mars Rock Powder

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has delivered sample portions of rock powder collected from the interior of a rock on Mars into laboratory instruments inside the rover.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR in orbit.

February 25, 2013

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference About Black Hole Studies

NASA will host a Feb. 27 news telecon about black hole observations by its NuSTAR telescope and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton X-ray telescope.

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The JUpiter ICy moons Explorer mission, JUICE

February 21, 2013

NASA and JPL Contribute to European Jupiter Mission

NASA has selected key contributions to a 2022 European Space Agency mission to study Jupiter and three of its largest moons.

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Ninth-grade, high-school students from Peoria, AZ analyze images of Mars.

February 21, 2013

NASA Student Mars Project Wins Education Award

A NASA project that allows students to use a camera on a spacecraft orbiting Mars for research has received a new education prize from the journal Science.

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First Curiosity Drilling Sample in the Scoop

February 20, 2013

NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet.

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NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a new planetary system

February 20, 2013

NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Tiny Planet System

NASA's Kepler mission scientists have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our sun.

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

February 20, 2013

NASA Hosts Teleconference Today About Curiosity Rover

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon PST (3 p.m. EST) today, Feb. 20, to provide an update on the Mars rover Curiosity mission.

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Cassini at Saturn's bow shock

February 19, 2013

Cassini Sheds Light on Cosmic Particle Accelerators

Studying the flow of solar wind around Saturn's magnetic field enables scientists working with NASA's Cassini spacecraft to study the nature of far-off supernova explosions.

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Radar image of asteroid 2012 DA14

February 19, 2013

NASA Releases Radar Movie of Asteroid 2012 DA14

An initial sequence of radar images of asteroid 2012 DA14 was obtained on Feb. 15/16, 2013, by NASA's 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif.

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February 15, 2013

NASA Experts Discuss Russia Meteor in Media Teleconference Today

NASA experts will hold a teleconference for news media at 1 p.m. PST (4 p.m. EST) today to discuss a meteor that streaked through the skies over Russia's Urals region this morning.

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A meteor seen flying over Russia on Feb. 15 at 3:20: 26 UTC impacted Chelyabinsk.

February 15, 2013

Additional Details on the Large Feb. 15 Fireball over Russia

New data fill in some gaps in the story of a fireball that entered Earth's atmosphere near Chelyabinsk, Russia, on Feb. 15.

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This animated set of three images depicts asteroid 2012 DA14 as it was seen on Feb. 14, 2013

February 14, 2013

Near-Earth Asteroid Makes Preview Appearance

Asteroid 2012 DA14, set to make its closest approach to Earth on Feb. 15, is captured in early images from Australia.

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Diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013.

February 13, 2013

NASA to Chronicle Close Earth Flyby of Asteroid

NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14.

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

February 13, 2013

National Space Club Honors Mars Curiosity

The National Space Club will honor NASA's Curiosity/Mars Science Laboratory team with three awards, including the prestigious Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy.

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Sun glint off a sea ice lead in an otherwise heavily ridged ice pack, Canada Basin (Arctic Ocean).

February 13, 2013

Study Sheds New Light on Arctic Sea Ice Volume Losses

New research by scientists from NASA and other agencies shows Arctic sea ice volume declined 36 percent in the autumn and nine percent in the winter over the last decade.

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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft recently completed assembly and has started environmental testing.

February 13, 2013

NASA's MAVEN Mission Completes Assembly

NASA's next mission to Mars, MAVEN, has completed spacecraft assembly and begun environmental testing.

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This artist's concept shows the Euclid spacecraft.

February 12, 2013

JPL to Lead U.S. Science Team for Dark Energy Mission

The European Space Agency has selected three NASA-nominated science teams to participate in their planned Euclid mission, including one led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Variations in total water storage from normal, in millimeters, in the Tigris and Euphrates river basins

February 12, 2013

NASA Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

A new study from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.

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A shiny-looking Martian rock is visible in this image

February 11, 2013

Mars Rock Takes Unusual Form

On Mars, as on Earth, sometimes things can take on an unusual appearance. A case in point is a shiny-looking rock seen in a recent image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.

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Curiosity's First Sample Drilling

February 9, 2013

NASA Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior.

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Preparatory Test of Drilling on Mars Generates Rock Powder

February 7, 2013

Preparatory Drill Test Performed on Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has produced some rock powder with its drill as the last major test before the rover's first full drilling.

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Artist's Impression of Pulsating Object LRLL 54361

February 7, 2013

NASA Telescopes Discover Strobe-Like Flashes in Young Stars

Two of NASA's great observatories, the Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes, have teamed up to uncover a mysterious infant star that behaves like a strobe light.

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The latest image of sea surface heights in the Pacific Ocean from NASA's Jason-1 satellite

February 6, 2013

Pacific Locked in 'La Nada' Limbo

Sea-surface height data from NASA's Jason-2 satellite show that the equatorial Pacific Ocean is still locked in what some call a neutral, or 'La Nada' state.

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Astronomers estimate that six percent of red dwarfs have a temperate Earth-size planet, as close as 13 light-years away.

February 6, 2013

Kepler Data Suggest Earth-size Planets May Be Next Door

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope estimate that six percent of red dwarf stars in the galaxy have Earth-size planets in their habitable zones.

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This is the orbital trajectory of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON).

February 5, 2013

NASA's Deep Impact Spacecraft Eyes Comet ISON

NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft has acquired its first images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON).

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The Cosmic Hearth

February 5, 2013

WISE Feels the Heat from Orion's Sword

The tangle of clouds and stars that lie in Orion's sword is showcased in a new, expansive view from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.

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University High School Wins 2013 Los Angeles Regional Science Bowl at JPL

February 4, 2013

Irvine School Wins Regional Science Bowl at JPL

University High School of Irvine, Calif., will represent the Los Angeles area at the National Science Bowl competition in April.

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Preparatory Test for First Rock Drilling by Mars Rover Curiosity

February 4, 2013

Weekend Test on Mars Was Preparation to Drill a Rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity used the hammering action of its drill on Feb. 2 as the second-to-last major test before the first full drilling to collect a sample of rock dust.

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Diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013.

February 4, 2013

NASA to Host Feb. 7 Media Telecon on Asteroid Flyby

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST), on Thursday, Feb. 7, to discuss an asteroid that will pass close, but safely, by Earth on Feb. 15.

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Reflection of Sunlight off Titan Lake

February 4, 2013

Cassini Sees Titan Cooking up Smog

A new paper details how the aerosol particles on Saturn's smog-shrouded moon get their start, suggesting ways such particles can form in the atmospheres of other worlds.

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Diagram depicting the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 through the Earth-moon system on Feb. 15, 2013.

February 1, 2013

Small Asteroid to Whiz Past Earth Safely

A small asteroid named 2012 DA14 will safely fly past Earth's outer ring of satellites on February 15.

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Storm Head, Meet Tail

January 31, 2013

NASA's Cassini Watches Storm Choke on Its Own Tail

Scientists see a monstrous thunder-and-lightning storm sputter out after it churns around the planet and encounters its own wake.

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This artist's illustration shows a planetary disk (left) that weighs the equivalent of 50 Jupiter-mass planets.

January 30, 2013

Herschel Finds Past-Prime Star May Be Making Planets

A star thought to have passed the age at which it can form planets may, in fact, be creating new worlds.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's ISS-RapidScat instrument (inset)

January 29, 2013

NASA to Launch Ocean Wind Monitor to Space Station

An ocean wind monitoring instrument created from hardware used to tests parts of NASA's QuikScat satellite will launch to the International Space Station in 2014.

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Curiosity's Drill in Place for Load Testing Before Drilling

January 28, 2013

Curiosity Maneuver Prepares for Drilling

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has placed its drill onto a series of locations on a Martian rock and pressed down on it with the rover's arm, in preparation for using the drill.

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Andromeda's Colorful Rings

January 28, 2013

Cool, New Views of Andromeda Galaxy

Two new eye-catching views from the Herschel space observatory are fit for a princess.

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Seasonal Changes on Far-Northern Mars

January 24, 2013

Thawing 'Dry Ice' Drives Groovy Action on Mars

Researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter see seasonal changes on far-northern Martian sand dunes caused by the warming of a blanket of frozen carbon dioxide.

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Artist's concept of Euclid spacecraft.

January 24, 2013

NASA Officially Joins ESA's 'Dark Universe' Mission

NASA has joined the European Space Agency's (ESA's) Euclid mission, a space telescope designed to investigate the cosmological mysteries of dark matter and dark energy.

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MAHLI's First Night Imaging of Martian Rock, White Lighting

January 23, 2013

Mars Rover Curiosity Uses Arm Camera at Night

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has for the first time used the camera on its arm to take photos at night, illuminated by white lights and ultraviolet lights on the instrument.

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Betelgeuse's Enigmatic Environment

January 22, 2013

Betelgeuse Star Braces for Crash with Strange Bar

Orion, the famous hunter presiding over northern winter skies, may experience a stellar crash in its future.

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'Matijevic Hill' Panorama for Rover's Ninth Anniversary

January 22, 2013

NASA's Veteran Mars Rover Ready to Start 10th Year

Though NASA's newer Mars rover has been capturing more attention recently, durable Opportunity remains hard at work after nine years of roving on the Red Planet.

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Curiosity Rover to be on display at The Changing Face of Mars film premier Jan. 23

January 22, 2013

Curiosity Rover on Display at Mars Film Premiere Tonight

A full-scale replica of the Curiosity Mars rover will be on display at the film premiere of "The Changing Face of Mars" on Jan 23 at Caltech's Beckman Auditorium.

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Layers with Carbonate Content Inside McLaughlin Crater on Mars

January 20, 2013

Martian Crater May Once Have Held Groundwater-Fed Lake

A NASA spacecraft is providing new evidence of a wet underground environment on Mars that adds to an increasingly complex picture of the Red Planet's early evolution.

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Participants in a NASA Social to preview the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory's (MSL) Curiosity rover photograph NASA and JPL personnel

January 18, 2013

NASA Celebrates Anniversary of First NASA Tweetup

This month marks the fourth anniversary of the first NASA Tweetup, held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 21, 2009.

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A model of the Mars rover Curiosity, similar to the one shown here, will ride in the Inaugural Parade

January 18, 2013

Ms. Curiosity Goes to Washington

It's an all-American, once-every-four-years tradition: the inauguration of a president.

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At left, the extent of the 2005 megadrought in the western Amazon rainforests during the summer months of June

January 17, 2013

Study Finds Severe Climate Jeopardizing Amazon Forest

An area of the Amazon rainforest twice the size of California continues to suffer from the effects of a megadrought that began in 2005, finds a new NASA-led study.

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Titan Craters, the Old and the New

January 17, 2013

Titan Gets a Dune 'Makeover'

NASA's Cassini finds Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might look much younger than it really is because its craters are being erased.

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Simulating a Submarine Hydrothermal Vent

January 16, 2013

Bubbling up Organics in an Ocean Vent Simulator

This week, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are running an experiment simulating a deep ocean hydrothermal vent to test theories about the origins of life.

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Contributions of nitrogen dioxide emissions - the primary source of ozone- to the global average thermal absorption of ozone

January 16, 2013

NASA Ozone Study May Benefit Air Standards, Climate

A new NASA-led study finds that when it comes to combating global warming caused by emissions of ozone-forming chemicals, location matters.

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Set of 55 high-resolution images, which were stitched together to create this full-color self-portrait.

January 15, 2013

Mars Rover Curiosity's Team to Receive Space Foundation Award

The people of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission have been named winners of a 2013 Space Foundation award for advancing exploration of space.

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'John Klein' Site Selected for Curiosity's Drill Debut

January 15, 2013

NASA Mars Rover Preparing to Drill Into First Martian Rock

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is driving toward a flat rock with pale veins that may hold clues to a wet history on the Red Planet.

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This still image is from an animation that re-creates the final descent of ESA's Huygens probe as it landed on Titan on Jan.

January 14, 2013

When Huygens Met Titan

A new animation celebrates the 8th anniversary of the European Space Agency's Huygens probe landing on Saturn's moon Titan. It was delivered there by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

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

January 14, 2013

NASA Hosts Jan. 15 Telecon About Mars Rover Progress

NASA hosts a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) on Tuesday, Jan. 15, to provide an update about the Curiosity rover's mission to Mars' Gale Crater.

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Asteroid Apophis was discovered on June 19, 2004.

January 10, 2013

NASA Rules Out Earth Impact in 2036 for Asteroid Apophis

NASA scientists at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory effectively have ruled out the possibility the asteroid Aphophis will impact Earth in 2036.

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This composite of the giant barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 combines visible light

January 10, 2013

NASA's Galex Reveals the Largest-Known Spiral Galaxy

The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades.

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Herschel's Three-Color View of Asteroid Apophis

January 9, 2013

Herschel Spacecraft Eyes Asteroid Apophis

Scientists using the Herschel Space Observatory made new observations of asteroid Apophis as it approached Earth this past weekend.

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JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

January 9, 2013

JPL to Host High-Tech Small Business Conference

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will host the High-Tech Conference for Small Business on March 5 and March 7 at the Westin Hotel near Los Angeles International Airport.

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Anatomy of Brown Dwarf's Atmosphere

January 8, 2013

NASA Telescopes See Weather Patterns in Brown Dwarf

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes have probed the atmosphere of a brown dwarf, creating the most detailed 'weather map' yet for this class of cool, star-like orbs.

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Rocky Ring of Debris Around Vega

January 8, 2013

NASA, ESA Telescopes Find Evidence for Asteroid Belt Around Vega

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a large asteroid belt around the star Vega, the second brightest star in northern night skies.

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Floating Ice on Titan Lakes?

January 8, 2013

Cassini Suggests Icing on a Lake

A new model by scientists working on NASA's Cassini mission finds that hydrocarbon ice might float on lakes on Saturn's largest moon.

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First Use of Mars Rover Curiosity's Dust Removal Tool

January 7, 2013

NASA's Big Mars Rover Makes First Use of its Brush

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has completed first-time use of a brush it carries to sweep dust off rocks.

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Blazing Black Holes Spotted in Spiral Beauty

January 7, 2013

NASA's NuSTAR Catches Black Holes in Galaxy Web

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, set its X-ray eyes on a spiral galaxy and caught the brilliant glow of two black holes lurking inside.

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2013 Henry Draper Medal

January 7, 2013

NASA Kepler Scientist Honored by National Academy of Sciences

William Borucki, science principal investigator for NASA's Kepler mission at the agency's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in California, is the recipient of the 2013 Henry Draper Medal awarded by the National Academy of Sciences.

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The Keck Interferometer

January 7, 2013

Kepler Gets a Little Help From Its Friends

More than 2,300 exoplanet candidate discoveries have made it the most prolific planet hunter in history.

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A compilation of artist's concepts depicting milestones from the Kepler mission

January 7, 2013

NASA's Kepler Discovers 461 New Planet Candidates

NASA's Kepler mission Monday announced the discovery of 461 new planet candidates.

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'Snake River' Rock Feature Viewed by Curiosity Mars Rover

January 4, 2013

Curiosity Rover Explores 'Yellowknife Bay'

After imaging during the holidays, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity resumed driving Jan. 3 and pulled within arm's reach of a sinuous rock feature called "Snake River."

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A new analysis of data from NASA's Kepler mission finds evidence for at least 100 billion planets in our galaxy.

January 3, 2013

Billions and Billions of Planets

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler mission estimate that at least 100 billion planets populate the galaxy.

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This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta.

January 3, 2013

Picture This: Vesta's Dark Materials in Dawn's View

A new study of images from NASA's Dawn mission examines remarkable, dark-as-coal material that speckles the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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