News Articles for 2014

JPL's tiny Radiometer Atmospheric Cubesat Experiment will launch on this Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket this afternoon.

October 27, 2014

NASA Instrument Preparing for Launch to Space Station

A tiny instrument designed at JPL will launch this afternoon (Oct. 27) to the International Space Station.

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NASA's ECOSTRESS will monitor how plants react to heat and water stress.

October 27, 2014

NASA's ECOSTRESS Will Monitor Plant Health

NASA is developing a new instrument that can detect heat and water stress in plants.

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An artist's impression of the first Orion spacecraft in orbit attached to a Delta IV

October 24, 2014

NASA Hosts First Agency-wide Social Media Event for Orion's First Flight Test

NASA invites social media followers to apply for credentials to get a preview of the Orion spacecraft's first flight test during NASA Social events Dec. 3 involving each of its 10 centers.

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Rosetta Comet Spreads Its Jets

October 24, 2014

Rosetta's Comet Scrambling Its Jets

Rosetta's comet destination is beginning to show a clearly visible increase in activity.

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This cloud in the stratosphere over the north pole of Titan is similar to Earth's polar stratospheric clouds.

October 24, 2014

NASA Finds Methane Ice Cloud in Titan's Stratosphere

NASA scientists have identified an unexpected ice cloud on Saturn's moon Titan that is similar to exotic clouds found far above Earth's poles.

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Images From Mars-Orbiting Spectrometer Show Comet's Coma

October 24, 2014

Mars Orbiter's Spectrometer Shows Oort Comet's Coma

The imaging spectrometer on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has provided an image of the coma surrounding a comet that flew near Mars this week.

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MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring's Hydrogen Coma

October 23, 2014

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring's Hydrogen Coma

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft obtained this ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring on Oct. 17, 2014, two days before the comet's closest approach to Mars.

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Do you see any recognizable shapes in this nebulous region?

October 22, 2014

Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds

Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds or otherwise unrelated objects.

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Ring of Stellar Fire

October 22, 2014

Galactic Wheel of Life Shines in Infrared

An older galaxy ignites with an outer ring of stellar life.

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These images were taken of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Oct. 19, 2014

October 20, 2014

Mars Orbiter Image Shows Comet Nucleus is Small

A camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken the highest-resolution image ever made of an Oort Cloud comet, taking advantage of the comet's Mars flyby.

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Mars Rover Opportunity's View of Passing Comet

October 20, 2014

NASA Rover Opportunity Views Comet Near Mars

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity caught an image of a celestial visitor -- comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring -- as the comet approached near to Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.

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Artist's concept showing NASA's Mars orbiters lining up behind the Red Planet

October 19, 2014

All Three NASA Mars Orbiters Healthy After Comet Flyby

All three NASA orbiters around Mars confirmed their healthy status Sunday after each took shelter behind Mars during a period of risk from dust released by a passing comet.

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Artist's concept of NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft

October 19, 2014

NASA's Mars Odyssey Orbiter Watches Comet Fly Near

The longest-lived robot ever sent to Mars came through its latest challenge in good health, reporting home on schedule after sheltering behind Mars from possible comet dust.

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Illustration of the MAVEN Mars orbiter

October 19, 2014

NASA's MAVEN Studies Passing Comet and Its Effects

NASA's newest orbiter at Mars, MAVEN, took precautions to avoid harm from a dust-spewing comet that flew near Mars today and is studying the flyby's effects on the Red Planet's atmosphere.

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Illustration of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

October 19, 2014

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Studies Comet Flyby

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has sent home more data about Mars than all other missions combined, is also now providing data about a comet that buzzed The Red Planet on October 19.

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Image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

October 16, 2014

Your Chance To Name A Comet Landing Site

ESA invites you to submit a name for Rosetta mission's comet landing site. Winner gets a trip to Germany to attend events related to the comet landing on Nov. 12.

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This mosaic of Saturn's moon Mimas was created from images taken by Cassini

October 16, 2014

Saturn Moon May Hide a 'Fossil' Core or an Ocean

A new study suggests the cratered surface of Saturn's icy moon Mimas indicates the moon's frozen core is shaped something like a football, or the moon has a liquid water ocean.

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Opportunity's Northward View of 'Wdowiak Ridge'

October 16, 2014

NASA's Opportunity Rover Gets Panorama Image at 'Wdowiak Ridge'

NASA's decade-old Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is working near the base of a steep-sloped hill called "Wdowiak Ridge," shown in a dramatic new panorama from the rover.

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Cassini obtained this false-color view of Saturn's moon Hyperion

October 16, 2014

Cassini Caught in Hyperion's Particle Beam

New analysis indicates that during a 2005 flyby, NASA's Cassini spacecraft was zapped by a beam of electrons coming from the surface of Saturn's moon Hyperion.

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An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft

October 15, 2014

Rosetta's Comet Landing Site Close Up

An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows "Site J," the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.

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The transportation canister containing NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP)

October 15, 2014

NASA Soil Moisture Mapper Arrives at Launch Site

A NASA spacecraft designed to track Earth's water in one of its most important, but least recognized, forms -- soil moisture -- has arrived at its California launch site.

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NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this view of Typhoon Vongfong from space while he orbited the Earth

October 15, 2014

NASA's RapidScat Keeps a Watchful Eye on Ocean Storms

NASA's RapidScat gives forecasters a new eye on winds far out to sea and will help researchers understand why a breeze over the ocean sometimes builds into a hurricane.

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Sluggish Galaxy Grows Stars Slowly

October 15, 2014

Slow-Growing Galaxies Offer Window to Early Universe

What makes one rose bush blossom with flowers, while another remains barren? Astronomers ask a similar question of galaxies.

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A composite image from a camera on the Rosetta mission's Philae comet lander shows a solar array

October 14, 2014

Rosetta Selflessly Beams Back Comet Selfie

A composite image from a camera on the Rosetta mission's Philae comet lander shows a solar array, with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in the background.

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Ultraviolet Views of Martian Atmosphere

October 14, 2014

NASA Mission Provides Its First Look at Martian Upper Atmosphere

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft orbiting Mars sees a solar-particle storm, gets ultraviolet images of tenuous oxygen, hydrogen and carbon coronas, and yields a map of variable ozone.

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MAVEN (Artist's Concept)

October 10, 2014

NASA Shares Early Results From MAVEN Mars Orbiter

NASA will host a news teleconference on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to announce early science results from its Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission.

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Mars Orbiters 'Duck and Cover' for Comet Siding Spring Flyby

October 9, 2014

NASA Prepares its Science Fleet for Oct. 19 Mars Comet Encounter

NASA's extensive fleet of science assets, particularly those orbiting and roving Mars, have front row seats to image and study a once-in-a-lifetime comet flyby on Sunday, Oct. 19.

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This map shows anomalous U.S. methane emissions

October 9, 2014

Tiny U.S. Region Is Methane 'Hot Spot,' NASA Finds

One small "hot spot" in the U.S. Southwest is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States.

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Artist's concept of CubeSats near Jupiter's moon Europa

October 8, 2014

JPL Selects Europa CubeSat Proposals for Study

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has chosen proposals from 10 universities for CubeSats that could potentially enhance a Europa mission concept currently under study by NASA.

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Supersonic Naval Ordnance Research Track (SNORT) at the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California

October 8, 2014

NASA Parachute Engineers Have Appetite for Destruction

NASA engineers are bound and determined to destroy a perfectly good parachute this week during the latest test for the agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project.

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NuSTAR Finds a Pulse in Cigar Galaxy

October 8, 2014

NASA's NuSTAR Telescope Discovers Shockingly Bright Dead Star

Astronomers have found a pulsating, dead star beaming with the energy of about 10 million suns. This is the brightest pulsar - a dense stellar remnant left over from a supernova explosion - ever recorded.

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Boarding Passes Submitted

October 7, 2014

Send Your Name on NASA's Mars Journey, Start with Orion

NASA is inviting people to send their names on a microchip to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including Mars.

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This image shows components of a mirror structure that can be rotated very precisely

October 7, 2014

Metal Made Like Plastic May Have Big Impact

Material scientists at JPL are working on new, innovative methods of creating materials that can be used for mechanisms that rely on motion.

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Launched Sept. 21, 2014, to the International Space Station

October 6, 2014

NASA's New Winds Mission Installed, Gathers First Data

NASA's newest Earth observing mission, ISS-RapidScat, is collecting its first science data on ocean wind speeds and direction following its successful installation on the International Space Station.

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Artist concept of an early Earth

October 6, 2014

NASA Selects New Science Teams for Astrobiology Research

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $50 million to seven research teams nationwide, including one from the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, to study the origins, evolution, distribution and future of life in the universe.

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Artist's concept of comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) heading toward Mars.

October 6, 2014

NASA Holds Briefing to Discuss Comet Flyby of Mars Observations

NASA will host a briefing on Thursday, Oct. 9, to outline the space and Earth-based assets that will image and study a comet from relatively close range to Mars on Oct. 19.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit.

October 6, 2014

NASA Holds Teleconference on NuSTAR Discovery

NASA will host a news teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) Wednesday, Oct. 8, to announce new findings from its Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission.

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anemones

October 6, 2014

NASA Study Finds Earth's Ocean Abyss Has Not Warmed

Earth's deep ocean has not warmed measurably since 2005, finds a new NASA study, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years.

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The interactive comet sculpture

October 2, 2014

A 'Comet' Lands in Pasadena

JPL is participating in AxS 2014, an arts and sciences celebration in Pasadena, California, which includes an interactive comet sculpture on display through Oct. 5.

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An image taken by the ESA Rosetta

October 2, 2014

Rosetta Comet Fires Its Jets

An image taken by the ESA Rosetta spacecraft shows jets of dust and gas escaping from the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Curiosity -- Robot Geologist and Chemist in One! (Artist's Concept)

October 2, 2014

Mars Rover Technology Adapted to Detect Gas Leaks

In collaboration with JPL, Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced that it is testing state-of-the-art technology adapted from NASA's Mars rover program.

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A view of Earth's moon looking south across Oceanus Procellarum

October 1, 2014

NASA Mission Points to Origin of 'Ocean of Storms' on Earth's Moon

Using data from NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), mission scientists have solved a lunar mystery almost as old as the moon itself.

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NASA is inviting people everywhere to become cloud-studying citizen scientists

October 1, 2014

NASA Invites Public to Join #SkyScience Cloud Study

NASA is inviting people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists.

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Spectral map of Titan with Polar Vortex

October 1, 2014

Swirling Cloud at Titan's Pole is Cold and Toxic

Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have found a giant, toxic cloud hovering over the south pole of Titan, after the atmosphere there cooled dramatically.

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Visitors learn about Cassini, NASA's mission to explore Saturn and its moons

October 1, 2014

Ride Through Space Exploration at JPL Open House

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, opens its doors to the public at its Open House on Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (left) and Chairman K. Radhakrishnan of the Indian Space Research Organisation

September 30, 2014

U.S., India to Collaborate on Earth, Mars Missions

NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation signed agreements to launch a joint space mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for joint Mars exploration missions.

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Mysterious Changing Feature in Ligeia Mare

September 29, 2014

Cassini Watches Mysterious Feature Evolve in Titan Sea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is monitoring the evolution of a mysterious feature in a large hydrocarbon sea on Saturn's moon Titan.

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Image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

September 26, 2014

Rosetta to Deploy Lander on November 12

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission will deploy its lander, Philae, to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Nov. 12.

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Artist's concept of an atom chip for use by NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL)

September 26, 2014

Cold Atom Laboratory Chills Atoms to New Lows

NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory mission has succeeded in producing a state of matter known as a Bose-Einstein condensate, a key breakthrough for the instrument.

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First Sampling Hole in Mount Sharp

September 25, 2014

NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain

The robotic arm of NASA's Curiosity rover is holding the rover's first sample of rock powder drilled from the base of Mount Sharp on Mars.

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Alaskan tundra is showing the effects of melting permafrost.

September 24, 2014

With Few Data, Arctic Carbon Models Lack Consensus

A new NASA study shows how much work is still needed to reach consensus on the most basic questions about carbon in the Arctic, where global warming is hitting hard.

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Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim

September 24, 2014

NASA Telescopes Find Clear Skies and Water Vapor on Exoplanet

Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous exoplanet.

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Elevation data at the highest possible resolution from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission

September 23, 2014

U.S. Releases Enhanced Shuttle Land Elevation Data

High-resolution topographic data from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, previously only available for the United States, will be released globally over the next year.

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Artist's concept of the LA Megacities Carbon Project observing system.

September 23, 2014

NASA, Partners Target Megacities Carbon Emissions

As world leaders meet to discuss Earth's climate, NASA is participating in an international initiative to monitor the greenhouse gas emissions of Earth's most populous cities.

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The image shows Kelvin waves of high sea level (red/yellow) crossing the Pacific Ocean at the equator.

September 22, 2014

The Fickle El Nino of 2014

Prospects have been fading for an El Niño event in 2014, but now there's a glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback.

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MAVEN (Artist's Concept)

September 21, 2014

NASA's Newest Mars Mission Spacecraft Enters Orbit around Red Planet

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft successfully entered Mars' orbit at 7:24 p.m. PDT (10:24 p.m. EDT) Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet's upper atmosphere.

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At Cape Canaveral Air Force Station's Space Launch Complex 40

September 20, 2014

NASA Launches RapidScat Wind Watcher to Space Station

A NASA mission to boost global monitoring of ocean winds for improved weather forecasting and climate studies is now breezing its way to the International Space Station.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad at Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

September 20, 2014

NASA's ISS-RapidScat is Headed Into Space!

The SpaceX Dragon capsule carrying the ISS-RapidScat mission has separated from the Falcon 9 launch vehicle, and the Dragon capsule is in its final preliminary orbit. Berthing with the space station is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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ISS-RapidScat will have a close-up view of ocean winds from its perch

September 18, 2014

Five Things About NASA's ISS-RapidScat

Five rapid facts about NASA's RapidScat mission to monitor ocean winds, scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on Saturday, Sept. 20.

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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft

September 17, 2014

NASA Mars Spacecraft Ready for Sept. 21 Orbit Insertion

NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft is nearing its scheduled Sept. 21 insertion into Martian orbit after a 10-month interplanetary journey.

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Artist concept of NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting Ceres during an upcoming flyby.

September 16, 2014

Dawn Operating Normally After Safe Mode Triggered

The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11.

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Flights are underway from Fairbanks, Alaska, with NASA's C-130 Hercules aircraft

September 16, 2014

NASA Air Campaigns Focus on Arctic Climate Impacts

As the region's summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic.

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Powerful, Pulsating Core of Star

September 16, 2014

Pulse of a Dead Star Powers Intense Gamma Rays

When the most massive stars explode as supernovas, they don't fade into the night, but sometimes glow ferociously with high-energy gamma rays.

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Image depicts the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

September 15, 2014

'J' Marks the Spot for Rosetta's Lander

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission has chosen the primary and backup cometary landing sites for its November landing attempt.

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

September 12, 2014

NASA's Wind-Watching ISS-RapidScat Ready for Launch

The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station, carrying the JPL-built ISS-RapidScat instrument, is scheduled to launch Sept. 20.

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Distinct Terrains on Rosetta's Comet

September 11, 2014

First Map of Rosetta's Comet

Scientists on the Rosetta mission have mapped several distinctive regions on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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This image from NASA's Mars Curiosity rover shows the

September 11, 2014

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Arrives at Martian Mountain

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover has reached Mount Sharp, a Mount-Rainier-size mountain at the center of the vast Gale Crater and the rover mission's long-term prime destination.

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NASA's UAVSAR Studies Ground Deformation from Napa California Quake

September 10, 2014

NASA Research Aids Response to California Napa Quake

NASA data and expertise are proving invaluable in California's ongoing response to the Aug. 24 magnitude 6.0 earthquake in Napa Valley, northeast of San Francisco.

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

September 9, 2014

NASA Telecon to Discuss Mars Curiosity Science Plans

NASA will host a telecon at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss mission status and the future science campaign for the Mars rover Curiosity mission.

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Rover Tracks in Northward View Along West Rim of Endeavour

September 9, 2014

Mars Rover Opportunity's Vista Includes Long Tracks

Wheel tracks from about a month of driving on Mars recede into the distance in a recent color view captured by the Pancam on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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Scientists

September 9, 2014

Spitzer's SPLASH Project Dives Deep for Galaxies

Astronomers "fishing" for galaxies turn up surprisingly massive catch.

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Shadows and Rings

September 8, 2014

Bright Clumps in Saturn Ring Now Mysteriously Scarce

A NASA-funded study finds a drop in the number of bright clumps in one of Saturn's rings over the past 30 years, suggesting small moonlets there have been on the decline.

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ISS International Space Station

September 8, 2014

NASA Launches New Era of Earth Science from Space Station

The launch of a NASA ocean winds sensor to the International Space Station (ISS) this month inaugurates a new era of Earth observation from the space station's vantage point.

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Conceptual illustration of the subduction process

September 8, 2014

Scientists Find Evidence of 'Diving' Tectonic Plates on Europa

Scientists have found evidence of plate tectonics on Jupiter's moon Europa. This indicates the first sign of this type of surface-shifting geological activity on a world other than Earth.

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Artist's concept of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring. On Oct. 19

September 4, 2014

JPL to Host 'NASA Social' Highlighting Comets

NASA will hold a one-day NASA Social for up to 50 of its social media followers on Oct. 13, 2014, at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

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RapidScat's two-part payload is shown in the trunk of a SpaceX Dragon

September 4, 2014

NASA's RapidScat: Some Assembly Required -- in Space

ISS-RapidScat will be the first science payload to be robotically assembled in space since the International Space Station itself.

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Rosetta at Comet

September 4, 2014

NASA Instrument on Rosetta: First Science Results

A NASA instrument aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta orbiter has successfully made its first delivery of science data from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's ISS-RapidScat instrument

September 4, 2014

NASA Briefing: Space Station Earth Observations

NASA opens a new era this month in exploration of our home planet with the launch of the first in a series of Earth science instruments to the International Space Station.

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Asteroid 2014 Earth Flyby

September 3, 2014

Small Asteroid to Safely Pass Close to Earth Sunday

A house-sized asteroid will safely fly past Earth this Sunday, Sept. 7. The asteroid, 2014 RC, is about 60 feet (20 meters) wide.

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Titan's Subsurface Reservoirs

September 3, 2014

Icy Aquifers on Titan Transform Methane Rainfall

A new study suggests that the chemistry of methane rainfall on Saturn's moon Titan might change inside hydrocarbon "aquifers."

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NASA's C-20A Earth science research aircraft with the UAVSAR

August 29, 2014

NASA Radar System Surveys Napa Valley Quake Area

A JPL-developed airborne radar system is conducting an airborne survey of earthquake fault displacements caused by the Aug. 24 magnitude 6.0 quake in Napa Valley, California.

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Opportunity's Rear-Facing View Ahead After a Drive

August 29, 2014

Memory Reformat Planned for Opportunity Mars Rover

An increasing frequency of computer resets on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has prompted the rover team to make plans to reformat the rover's flash memory.

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Building Planets Through Collisions

August 28, 2014

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids.

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A Cauldron of Star Birth in the Center of a Young Galaxy

August 27, 2014

NASA Telescopes Uncover Early Construction of Giant Galaxy

Astronomers have for the first time caught a glimpse of the earliest stages of massive galaxy construction.

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Four Rosetta Candidate Landing Sites

August 25, 2014

Rosetta: Landing Site Search Narrows

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission has chosen five candidate landing sites on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for its Philae lander.

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Members of the Voyager science team

August 25, 2014

25 Years After Neptune: Reflections on Voyager

Members of the Voyager team reflect on the mission's Neptune encounter, 25 years later.

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Neptune Full Disk

August 25, 2014

NASA Pluto-Bound Spacecraft Crosses Neptune's Orbit

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has crossed the orbit of Neptune, as it prepares to rendezvous with Pluto less than a year from now.

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August 22, 2014

Mars Rover Team Chooses Not to Drill 'Bonanza King'

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has chosen not to proceed with drilling at a target rock called "Bonanza King" after the rock budged when tapped by the drill.

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The Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Triton, a moon of Neptune, in the summer of 1989.

August 21, 2014

Voyager Map Details Neptune's Strange Moon Triton

NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first close-up look at Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989.

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This artist's concept shows the Voyager 1 spacecraft entering the space between stars.

August 21, 2014

NASA TV to Air Events About Pluto-Bound Spacecraft

Media and the public are invited to attend two events Monday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. - noon PDT (1-3 p.m. EDT).

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For several months, California has been in a state of

August 18, 2014

New Satellite Data Will Help Farmers Facing Drought

NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive mission, launching this winter, will provide global measurements of water in soil.

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Matthew Sturm of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a co-author of this study

August 15, 2014

Snow Cover on Arctic Sea Ice Has Thinned 30 to 50 Percent

New research led by NASA and the University of Washington, Seattle, confirms that springtime snow on Arctic sea ice has thinned significantly in the last 50 years.

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Image of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus.

August 15, 2014

As Seen by Rosetta: Comet Surface Variations

New Rosetta image shows the diversity of surface structures on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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Looking Up the Ramp Holding 'Bonanza King' on Mars

August 15, 2014

Curiosity Mars Rover Prepares for Fourth Rock Drilling

Backtracking to get NASA's one-ton Mars rover away from slippery sand has brought the rover to its next candidate rock for drilling.

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35 micron-long hole produced by a 3 picogram mote

August 14, 2014

Stardust Discovers Potential Interstellar Space Particles

Seven microscopic dust particles collected during NASA's Stardust mission may be the first samples of contemporary interstellar dust.

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Shannon Zirbel

August 14, 2014

Solar Power, Origami-Style

Origami has been a hot topic in technology recently. Brian Trease at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been thinking about how it could be used in spacecraft.

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SeaWinds scatterometer chart

August 13, 2014

Watching the Winds Where Sea Meets Sky

NASA's ISS-RapidScat mission will continue a long legacy of monitoring ocean winds from space.

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Boulder on Mars

August 13, 2014

Tall Boulder Rolls Down Martian Hill, Lands Upright

A new photo from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows an oblong boulder about 20 feet (6 meters) tall standing upright on Mars after tumbling downhill, leaving a trail.

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Animated sequence of Cassini images shows methane clouds moving above the large methane sea on Saturn's moon Titan

August 12, 2014

Cassini Tracks Clouds Developing Over a Titan Sea

NASA's Cassini spacecraft recently captured images of clouds moving across the northern hydrocarbon seas of Saturn's moon Titan.

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Artist's concept of a black hole

August 12, 2014

NASA's NuSTAR Sees Rare Blurring of Black Hole Light

A supermassive black hole is grabbing and stretching light to an extreme degree never seen before.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2

August 11, 2014

NASA Carbon Counter Reaches Final Orbit, Returns Data

NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide has reached its final orbit and returned its first science data.

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Rockets fire in this video clip captured by the test vehicle for NASA's LDSD project.

August 8, 2014

Ride Shotgun With NASA Saucer As It Flies to Near Space

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space.

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Artist's rendering of the AcrimSat spacecraft. Image credit: NASA

August 8, 2014

Sun sets for a NASA solar monitoring spacecraft

After 14 years of monitoring radiation from the sun, NASA's AcrimSat has lost contact with ground operations and its mission has been declared completed.

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Artists's Conception of Cassini Saturn Orbit Insertion

August 7, 2014

Cassini Prepares For Its Biggest Remaining Burn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will execute the largest planned maneuver of the spacecraft's remaining mission on Aug. 9.

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SST and the Milky Way, an Artist's Concept

August 7, 2014

Spitzer Telescope Honored by Aerospace Society

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has received the 2014 AIAA Space Science Award for its ongoing infrared studies of the hidden cosmos.

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NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program.

August 6, 2014

The Future is Now: Concepts Chosen for Study

Five technology proposals, including one from JPL, have been selected for continued study under the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program.

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Rosetta's Comet from 177 Miles

August 6, 2014

Rosetta Arrives at Target Comet

After a decade-long journey chasing its target, the European Space Agency's Rosetta, carrying three NASA instruments, became the first spacecraft to orbit a comet.

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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft passes above Mars' south pole in this artist's concept illustration. Image credit: NASA/JPL

August 6, 2014

Orbiter Completes Maneuver to Prepare for Comet Flyby

NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has successfully adjusted the timing of its orbit around Mars as a defensive precaution for a comet's close flyby of Mars on Oct. 19, 2014.

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Low-level clouds along the California coast are visible in this July 26, 2014 image

August 5, 2014

Study of Aerosols Stands to Improve Climate Models

A new JPL/California Institute of Technology study examines how changes in the level of tiny particles in our atmosphere affect a key type of clouds that help cool our planet.

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Saucer Out of the Drink

August 5, 2014

NASA Holds Briefing on Early Test Results for New Planetary Landing Technology

NASA successfully flew the saucer-shaped LDSD test vehicle into near-space in June. An Aug. 8 news conference at 9 a.m. PDT will feature new video and early mission results.

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Curiosity Tracks in 'Hidden Valley' on Mars

August 5, 2014

NASA Mars Curiosity Rover: Two Years and Counting on Red Planet

NASA's most advanced roving laboratory on Mars celebrates its second anniversary since landing inside the Red Planet's Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (Aug. 6, 2012, EDT).

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A 3D, augmented reality model of NASA's Curiosity rover

August 5, 2014

NASA Upgrades Its 3-D Spacecraft App

NASA releases a new, improved version of its Spacecraft 3D app for mobile devices for the second anniversary of Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity landing on Mars.

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Bright Outburst on Io

August 4, 2014

A Hellacious Two Weeks on Jupiter's Moon Io

Three massive volcanic eruptions occurred on Jupiter's moon Io within a two-week period in August of last year.

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Alice Zhai and Jonathan Jiang. Image credit: NASA

August 1, 2014

Science Fair Project Spins Up NASA Hurricane Study

With the help of a JPL researcher, high school intern Alice Zhai has turned her science fair project into the first look at the economic impacts of hurricane size.

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Curiosity's 360-Degree View Before Entering 'Hidden Valley'

August 1, 2014

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Nears Mountain-Base Outcrop

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has just crossed one stretch of rocks hazardous to its wheels and may soon reach rocks different from any it has examined so far.

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Comet 67P from 1,200 Miles Away

July 31, 2014

Rosetta's Comet: Imaging the Coma

A distinct coma surrounds Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as seen from Rosetta.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit.

July 31, 2014

NuSTAR Celebrates Two Years of Science in Space

NuSTAR's next two years in space will see more revelations about black holes and extremely energetic objects.

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Artist's concept of the payload for NASA's Mars 2020 rover

July 31, 2014

SHERLOC to Micro-Map Mars Minerals and Carbon Rings

One of the seven instruments chosen for the payload of NASA's next Mars rover would detect key minerals and carbon chemicals and show where they are, at microscopic scale.

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Artist's concept of the payload for NASA's Mars 2020 rover

July 31, 2014

Mars 2020 Rover's PIXL to Focus X-Rays on Tiny Targets

An X-ray instrument for NASA's next Mars rover combines a sharpshooting spectrometer and a camera, to identify and map chemical elements in targets at microscopic scale.

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Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on the design

July 31, 2014

NASA Announces Mars 2020 Rover Payload to Explore the Red Planet as Never Before

The next rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 will carry seven carefully-selected instruments to conduct unprecedented science and exploration technology investigations.

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First Image of the Moon taken by a U.S. Spacecraft

July 30, 2014

Moon Mission 50-Year Anniversary: A Vintage Look Back

A 1964 documentary produced by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, chronicles the Ranger 7 mission's lunar impact.

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Two new spaceborne Earth-observing instruments will help scientists better understand how global forests

July 30, 2014

New NASA Studies to Examine Climate/Vegetation Links

NASA has selected a proposal from JPL for a new International Space Station instrument that will observe effects on global vegetation caused by changes in climate or land use.

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Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on the design

July 30, 2014

NASA to Announce Mars 2020 Rover Instruments

NASA will announce on Thurs., July 31, the instruments that will be carried aboard the Mars 2020 mission, a roving laboratory based on the highly successful Curiosity rover.

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Laser Printing of Gradient Metals

July 28, 2014

Printing the Metals of the Future

Spacecraft components may need custom parts that traditional manufacturing processes can't make. A 3-D printing technique JPL scientists are using may solve such problems.

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Elevated View of Enceladus' South Pole

July 28, 2014

Cassini Spacecraft Reveals 101 Geysers and More on Icy Saturn Moon

Scientists using mission data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have identified 101 distinct geysers erupting on Saturn's icy moon Enceladus.

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'Lunokhod 2' Crater on Mars

July 28, 2014

NASA Long-Lived Mars Opportunity Rover Sets Off-World Driving Record

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover, which landed on the Red Planet in 2004, now holds the off-Earth roving distance record after accruing 25 miles (40 kilometers) of driving.

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This graphic depicts the orbit of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring

July 25, 2014

NASA Mars Spacecraft Prepare for Close Comet Flyby

NASA is taking steps to protect its Mars orbiters, while preserving opportunities to gather valuable science, as Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring nears Mars on Oct. 19.

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Rotating Shape Model of Rosetta's Comet Target

July 24, 2014

Surface impressions of Rosetta's comet

Images of Rosetta's target comet resolve structures as small as 330 feet (100 meters) across.

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Surface-water depletion in the Colorado River Basin has left this

July 24, 2014

Parched West Is Using Up Underground Water: NASA/UCI

A new study finds more than 75 percent of recent water loss from the Colorado River Basin came from underground sources, with grave implications for the West's water supply.

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NEOWISE Spies Activity on Comet Catalina

July 23, 2014

NEOWISE Spots a Comet That Looked Like an Asteroid

Comet C/2013 UQ4 (Catalina) was originally thought to be an asteroid, but observations by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft indicate that it's a comet.

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Artist rendering of commercial Mars satellites providing communications back to Earth.

July 23, 2014

NASA Seeks Proposals for Commercial Mars Data Relay Satellites

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites for telecommunications with future Mars missions.

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Gauging an Alien World's Size

July 23, 2014

The Most Precise Measurement of an Alien World's Size

NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have made the most precise measurement yet of the size of a planet beyond our solar system.

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The Space Between: This artist's concept shows the Voyager 1

July 23, 2014

NASA Voyager Statement About Solar Wind Models

NASA's Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone responds to an alternate model for the interaction between the heliosphere and the interstellar medium.

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Carbon in Smoke Plumes

July 18, 2014

OCO-2 Data to Lead Scientists Forward into the Past

Scientists will use a virtual time machine to trace carbon dioxide observations from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 back to their sources.

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NASA's 10-year-old Aura satellite, which studies Earth's atmosphere

July 17, 2014

A 10-Year Endeavor: NASA's Aura and Climate Change

NASA's Aura satellite, celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, continues to help scientists understand how Earth's climate varies and how it will continue to change.

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Voyager scientist honored

July 17, 2014

Voyager Project Scientist Ed Stone Honored

Ed Stone, project scientist of NASA's Voyager mission since 1972 and a former JPL director, has received an American Astronautical Society lifetime achievement award.

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Rosetta Mission's Destination: Comet 67P/Churnyumov-Gerasimenko

July 17, 2014

Rosetta Spacecraft Approaching Twofold Comet

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, destination of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, reveals a two-part shape.

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The maps show the Antarctic ozone hole on September 16 in 2006 and 2011

July 16, 2014

Ten-Year Endeavor: NASA's Aura Tracks Pollutants

NASA's 10-year-old Aura satellite provides vital data about major air pollutants and a comprehensive view of one of the most important parts of Earth -- the atmosphere.

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First Imaging of Laser-Induced Spark on Mars

July 16, 2014

NASA Rover's Images Show Laser Flash on Martian Rock

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has caught the first images of sparks on a Martian rock that result from the rover's laser instrument examining the rock.

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NASA's Galileo spacecraft captured these four views of Jupiter as the last of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's large fragments struck the planet.

July 15, 2014

Looking Back at the Jupiter Crash 20 Years Later

Twenty years ago, space assets from NASA/JPL watched as the fragments of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 made their historic plunge into the atmosphere of Jupiter.

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Reddish Bands on Europa

July 15, 2014

NASA Seeks Proposals for Europa Mission Science Instruments

NASA has issued an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for proposals about science instruments that could be carried aboard a future mission to Jupiter's moon Europa.

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Artist's concept image of a boot print on the moon and on Mars.

July 15, 2014

NASA Honors First Human Moon Landing, Looks to Mars

NASA marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing this month while it takes the steps needed for America's next giant leap to send astronauts to Mars.

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The flooded confluence of the Nishnabotna and Missouri Rivers in Iowa, June 2011.

July 10, 2014

NASA Satellite Data Give Early Clues to Flood Danger

NASA satellite data can help predict the potential for a river basin to flood months before flood season, and may result in longer lead times for flood warnings.

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Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone

July 10, 2014

Leading Space Experts to Discuss the Search for Life Beyond Earth

NASA TV will air a panel discussion on July 14, about the scientific and technological roadmap that will lead to the discovery of potentially habitable worlds among the stars.

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Changes Near Downhill End of a Martian Gully

July 10, 2014

NASA Spacecraft Observes Further Evidence of Dry Ice Gullies on Mars

Repeated observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter indicate the surface gullies are mainly formed by seasonal freezing of carbon dioxide, not liquid water.

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This artist's concept shows a robot with legs that have microspine grippers

July 10, 2014

Four JPL Suborbital Technology Payloads Chosen

From hopping/tumbling robots to gecko-inspired adhesives, various technologies, including four from JPL, have been chosen by NASA for suborbital flight.

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Curiosity Mars Rover Reaching Edge of Its Landing Ellipse

July 8, 2014

NASA Mars Orbiter Views Rover Crossing Into New Zone

A recent image from a telescopic camera orbiting Mars caught NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reaching the edge of its landing ellipse.

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Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico

July 7, 2014

NASA's RapidScat to Unveil Hidden Cycles of Sea Winds

NASA is sending a new instrument to the International Space Station that will be the first to observe how winds over the ocean grow and change each day.

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This artist's concept shows the Voyager 1 spacecraft entering the space between stars.

July 7, 2014

Sun Sends More 'Tsunami Waves' to Voyager 1

NASA's Voyager has experienced more "tsunami waves" from the sun -- the same kind that led to the realization last year that the spacecraft had entered interstellar space.

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Planet with Twin Parent Stars

July 3, 2014

Newfound Frozen World Orbits in Binary Star System

A planet twice the mass of Earth has been spotted with twin parent stars.

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Comet Pan-STARRS Sails By Distant Galaxy

July 3, 2014

Comet Pan-STARRS Marches Across the Sky

Comet Pan-STARRS poses with a spiral galaxy in new snapshots from NASA's NEOWISE mission.

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OCO-2 will become the leader of the Afternoon Constellation

July 3, 2014

OCO-2 Takes the A-Train to Study Earth's Atmosphere

New NASA satellite will be the latest addition to an international line of Earth observers.

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Europe's 2016 Mars Orbiter Gets NASA Electra Radio

July 2, 2014

NASA Radio Delivered for Europe's 2016 Mars Orbiter

The first of two NASA Electra radios that will fly aboard the European Space Agency's next mission to Mars has been delivered onto the ESA ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO).

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Researchers found that Titan's ice shell, which overlies a very salty ocean

July 2, 2014

Ocean on Saturn Moon Could be as Salty as the Dead Sea

Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as Earth's Dead Sea.

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A galaxy about 23 million light-years away is the site of impressive, ongoing, fireworks.

July 2, 2014

Black Hole Fireworks in Nearby Galaxy

"Fireworks" in a nearby galaxy are driving away its star-making fuel.

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Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Launch

July 2, 2014

NASA Launches Carbon Mission to Watch Earth Breathe

NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. EDT) Wednesday.

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Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Launch

July 2, 2014

Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Lifts Off!

The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 has launched into the night skies above the Pacific Ocean.

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With help from the public, members of NASA's Cassini mission have chosen to call the spacecraft's

June 30, 2014

Cassini Names Final Mission Phase Its 'Grand Finale'

With input from the public, team members on NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn have chosen a name for the final phase of the mission.

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This artist's impression shows the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

June 30, 2014

Rosetta's Comet Target 'Releases' Plentiful Water

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko is releasing the Earthly equivalent of two glasses of water into space every second.

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The tower rolls back revealing OCO2 perched atop a United Launch alliance Delta II rocket

June 30, 2014

Launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Scrubbed

The Tuesday morning launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California has been scrubbed.

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NASA's LDSD is lifted aboard the Kahana recovery vessel

June 29, 2014

First LDSD Test Flight a Success

The project declares the first test flight of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator a success.

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LDSD

June 28, 2014

Media Telecon: NASA Supersonic Test Flight Completed

A news teleconference has been scheduled for tomorrow, June 29, at 7 a.m. HST (10 a.m. PDT, 1 p.m. EDT) to discuss the near-space test flight of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD).

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The test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator rides on a balloon to high altitudes above Hawaii.

June 28, 2014

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Lifts Off

A balloon carrying a test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) has lifted off.

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This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions.

June 27, 2014

NASA Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Set to Lift Off

Mission managers are proceeding with preparations for a launch attempt tomorrow morning, Saturday, June 28, of a high-altitude balloon carrying the LDSD test vehicle to the edge of space.

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OCO-2 launch pad

June 27, 2014

Five Things about OCO-2

What makes NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 unique? Here are five things, for starters.

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Some of the women working on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project

June 26, 2014

NASA's Curiosity Rover Team Today Features Women

Today (Thursday) is Women's Curiosity Day for the diverse team running NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, with female engineers and scientists doing most of mission's 90-plus roles.

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Fossil fuel burning and other human activities are the primary source for the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide.

June 25, 2014

NASA's OCO-2 Will Track Our Impact on Airborne Carbon

Human activities are the primary source for the rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide. NASA's OCO-2 mission will help sort out the gas's human and natural sources and reservoirs.

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Cassini celebrates a decade in the Saturn system on June 30, 2014. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

June 25, 2014

Cassini Celebrates 10 Years Exploring Saturn

On June 30, NASA's Cassini mission will celebrate 10 years exploring Saturn, its rings and moons.

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This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), designed to test landing technologies for future Mars missions.

June 25, 2014

NASA Sets New Dates for Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Flight

NASA's LDSD project plans to fly its rocket-powered, saucer-shaped landing technology test vehicle into near-space from Kauai, Hawaii, this weekend.

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'Pillinger Point' Overlooking Endeavour Crater on Mars

June 24, 2014

Aluminum-Bearing Site on Mars Draws NASA Visitor

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is examining a rocky, windswept ridge where aluminum in a clay mineral was mapped from orbit.

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Titan

June 23, 2014

Titan's Building Blocks Might Pre-date Saturn

A new study finds firm evidence that nitrogen in the atmosphere of Titan originated in conditions similar to the cold birthplace of comets from the Oort cloud.

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Curiosity self-portrait

June 23, 2014

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Marks First Martian Year

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover will complete a Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- on June 24.

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Readying NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 for launch, a technician attaches the observatory to the payload attach system in a clean room at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California

June 19, 2014

NASA's OCO-2 Observatory Ready for Launch

The launch of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission (OCO-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California, is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1.

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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.

June 19, 2014

Rosetta Closing in on Comet

The Rosetta spacecraft is beginning observations and sending science data back to Earth. It will become the first craft to orbit a comet and land a probe on its nucleus.

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Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on the design

June 19, 2014

NASA Invites Public Comment on Mars 2020 Draft Environmental Impact Statement

NASA is requesting the public and interested organizations to review and comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the agency's proposed Mars 2020 mission.

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Artist Concept-Comparison

June 19, 2014

NASA Announces Latest Progress in Hunt for Asteroids

NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s.

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Using data from NASA's QuikScat, weather forecasters were able to predict hazardous weather events over oceans 6 to 12 hours earlier than before these data were available

June 19, 2014

QuikScat's Eye on Ocean Winds Lives On with RapidScat

As NASA's QuikScat ocean-watching satellite winds down a 15-year mission, its successor, RapidScat, prepares to build on its legacy.

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SST and the Milky Way, an Artist's Concept

June 19, 2014

Spitzer Spies an Odd, Tiny Asteroid

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have measured the size of an asteroid candidate for NASA's proposed Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM).

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Artist's concept of Titan flyby

June 17, 2014

Titan Flybys Test the Talents of NASA's Cassini Team

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft zooms past Titan during a June 18 flyby, it will be bouncing radio waves off the moon's surface and through its atmosphere, toward Earth.

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Eros

June 17, 2014

NASA Update on Asteroid Redirect Mission

On Thursday, June 19, NASA will host a televised update on recent progress and upcoming milestones in the agency's efforts to identify, capture and relocate an asteroid, and send astronauts to take samples of it in the 2020s.

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A Puzzling Cosmic Ring

June 12, 2014

Herschel Sees Budding Stars and a Giant, Strange Ring

An unusually large ring of material has been spotted in a tangled nest of developing stars.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2

June 12, 2014

New NASA Space Observatory to Study Carbon Conundrums

NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

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Radar images of Asteroid 2014 HQ124

June 12, 2014

Giant Telescopes Pair Up to Image Near-Earth Asteroid

NASA scientists using Earth-based radar have produced sharp views of a recently discovered asteroid as it slid silently past our planet.

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LDSD's Rocket-powered Test Vehicle

June 12, 2014

NASA's LDSD 'Flying Saucer' Test--Update

NASA has not been able to conduct the flight test of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) from Kauai, Hawaii, because of continuing unfavorable weather conditions.

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This artist's concept shows the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD)

June 11, 2014

NASA Media Telecon on Status of LDSD Hawaiian Test Flight

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, June 12 to discuss what this delay in the LDSD testing means and possible next steps for the project.

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This animated blink comparison shows five different versions of observations that NASA's Curiosity made about one hour apart while Mercury was passing in front of the sun on June 3, 2014.

June 10, 2014

Mercury Passes in Front of the Sun, as Seen From Mars

New NASA images from Mars showing Mercury as a dim spot against the sun are the first observation from any planet other than Earth of any planet's solar transit.

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Rosetta at Comet

June 10, 2014

NASA Instruments on Rosetta Start Comet Science

Three NASA science instruments aboard the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft are beginning observations and sending science data back to Earth.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2

June 9, 2014

NASA Announces Briefing on New Carbon Dioxide Mission

NASA will hold a media briefing at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, June 12, at NASA Headquarters in Washington about the upcoming Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission.

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This diagram shows the orbit of asteroid 2014 HQ124, and its location relative to Earth on June 8.

June 6, 2014

Asteroid Discovered by NASA to Pass Earth Safely

A newfound asteroid will safely pass Earth on June 8 from a distance of about 777,000 miles (1.25 million kilometers), more than three times farther away than our moon.

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OPALS and the Moon

June 6, 2014

NASA Beams 'Hello, World!' Video from Space via Laser

NASA successfully beamed a high-definition video 260 miles from the International Space Station to Earth Thursday using a new laser communications instrument.

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Artist's concept of the Titan Aerial Daughtercraft

June 5, 2014

NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts Selected

NASA has selected 12 proposals, including three from JPL, for study under Phase I of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program.

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Dissecting Dust from Detonation of Dead Star

June 4, 2014

New Suspect Identified in Supernova Explosion

There were no witnesses to a stellar blast that lit up our skies a millennium ago, but NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is finding clues in the charred remains.

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Artist's design concept for an interactive featuring NASA's Eyes on Exoplanets

June 3, 2014

NASA Helps Marvel's Avengers Exhibit Bring the Science

A new educational exhibit that mixes the world of "The Avengers" with a super-powered dose of NASA science and technology recently premiered in New York City.

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Kepler-10 system

June 2, 2014

Astronomers Confounded By Massive Rocky World

A planet thought to be rocky and 17 times as massive as Earth has theorists scratching their heads.

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A saucer-shaped test vehicle holding equipment for landing large payloads on Mars

May 29, 2014

NASA Coverage for Saucer-Shaped Test Vehicle Flight

NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project will test a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped vehicle from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.

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Hurricane Amanda

May 29, 2014

NASA Widens Its 2014 Hurricane Research Mission

During this year's Atlantic hurricane season, NASA is redoubling efforts to probe hurricanes and tropical storms with two unmanned aircraft and two new space-based missions.

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Within the swaddling dust of the Serpens Cloud Core

May 28, 2014

The 'Serpent' Star-forming Cloud Hatches New Stars

The dark patch of clouds in this image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is swaddled in so much dust, even infrared light is blocked.

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Peru's Ubinas volcano

May 27, 2014

NASA Airborne Research Focuses on Andean Volcanoes

A NASA-developed airborne imager called a synthetic aperture radar took a detailed look at volcanoes in Central and South America in late April and early May 2014.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's Cassini spacecraft

May 27, 2014

Sunsets on Titan Reveal the Complexity of Hazy Exoplanets

Scientists working with data from NASA's Cassini mission have developed a new way to understand the atmospheres of exoplanets using Saturn's smoggy moon Titan as a stand-in.

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The Clumping Behavior of Galaxies

May 22, 2014

NASA's WISE Findings Poke Hole in Black Hole 'Doughnut' Theory

A survey of more than 170,000 supermassive black holes by NASA's WISE challenges an old theory.

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Large, Fresh Crater Surrounded by Smaller Craters

May 22, 2014

NASA Mars Weathercam Helps Find Big New Crater

Researchers have discovered on the Red Planet the largest fresh meteor-impact crater ever firmly documented with before-and-after images.

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A low-resolution preview of the 3.2-billion-pixel sized NASA Earth Day Global Selfie 2014 photo mosaic.

May 22, 2014

NASA Releases Earth Day 'Global Selfie' Mosaic

For Earth Day this year, NASA invited people around the world to step outside to take a "selfie" and share it with the world on social media.

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Atmospheric general circulation is expected to change as a result of increasing greenhouse gases.

May 21, 2014

Unclouding Our View of Future Climate

A NASA-led study may help narrow the range of climate models' global temperatures forecasts.

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The launch tower helps link the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator test vehicle to a balloon

May 21, 2014

Before the Drop: Engineers Ready Supersonic Decelerator

A saucer-shaped vehicle designed to test interplanetary landing devices hangs on a tower in preparation for launch at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

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Mapping the Densest Dusty Cloud Cores

May 21, 2014

Pitch Black: Cosmic Clumps Cast the Darkest Shadows

A colossal, deeply dark cloud is found cranking out massive stars in a new Spitzer study.

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Endeavour Crater rim

May 19, 2014

NASA Rover Gains Martian Vista From Ridgeline

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover has returned a sweeping panorama of 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) Endeavour Crater from the ridgeline of the crater's raised western rim.

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Artist rendition of the proposed InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations)

May 19, 2014

Construction to Begin on 2016 NASA Mars Lander

NASA and its international partners now have the go-ahead to begin construction on a new Mars lander, after it completed a successful Mission Critical Design Review.

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Greenland-canyon cap

May 19, 2014

Hidden Greenland Canyons Mean More Sea Level Rise

Scientists at NASA and the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have found that canyons under Greenland's ocean-feeding glaciers are deeper and longer than previously thought, increasing the amount of Greenland's estimated contribution to future sea level rise.

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A saucer-shaped test vehicle

May 16, 2014

NASA's Saucer-Shaped Craft Preps for Flight Test

NASA's LDSD project, a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle, has completed final assembly at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility in Kauai, Hawaii.

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Jupiter's trademark Great Red Spot

May 15, 2014

Jupiter's Great Red Spot is Smaller Than Ever Measured

Images taken decades apart by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope show that Jupiter's colossal storm is shrinking.

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Hole produced by the rover's drill

May 15, 2014

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Wrapping Up Waypoint Work

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover will depart the science waypoint where it drilled into a rock last week.

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Components of NASA's International Space Station-RapidScat instrument

May 15, 2014

NASA's Newest Wind Watcher Arrives at Launch Site

A new Earth-observing mission that will measure ocean winds from the International Space Station has arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center to begin preparations for launch.

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Sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

May 15, 2014

Rosetta's Target Comet is Becoming Active

The target of ESA's Rosetta mission has started to reveal its true personality as a comet, its dusty veil clearly developing over the past six weeks.

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NASA workers at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

May 15, 2014

NASA Briefing for Supersonic Saucer-Shaped Vehicle

A mission overview briefing about NASA's upcoming flight test of the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) experiment will be provided to reporters attending a media day on Monday, June 2, at the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii.

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Thwaites Glacier. Image credit: NASA

May 12, 2014

West Antarctic Glacier Loss Appears Unstoppable

A new NASA study finds that a section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in a state of irreversible decline, with nothing to stop it from melting into the sea.

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Although the Amundsen Bay region is only a fraction of the whole West Antarctic Ice Sheet

May 12, 2014

The 'Unstable' West Antarctic Ice Sheet: A Primer

The new finding that the eventual loss of a major section of West Antarctica's ice sheet "appears unstoppable" was not completely unexpected by scientists who study this area.

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Antarctica. Image credit: NASA

May 9, 2014

NASA Hosts Media Telecon on West Antarctic Ice Sheet Findings

NASA will host a media teleconference Monday, May 12, to discuss the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potential contribution to future sea level rise.

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GPS

May 8, 2014

NASA Uses GPS to Find Sierra Water Weight

For the first time, NASA scientists have used GPS to find the total weight of winter snowpack and soil moisture in California's Sierra Nevada.

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The Flame Nebula

May 7, 2014

NASA Delivers New Insight into Star Cluster Formation

Using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and infrared telescopes, astronomers have made an important advance in the understanding of how clusters of stars come into being.

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Magnetic field of our Milky Way galaxy

May 6, 2014

Planck Takes Magnetic Fingerprint of Our Galaxy

A new fingerprint-like map reveals the complex and sometimes tangled magnetic field of our Milky Way.

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Sandstone target called

May 6, 2014

NASA's Curiosity Rover Drills Sandstone Slab on Mars

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover collected powder drilled from a rock on Mars on Monday, the third time this has ever been done and the first time on a sandstone target.

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Researchers who study the interaction of plants

May 5, 2014

How Does Your Garden Glow? NASA's OCO-2 Seeks Answer

Satellite instruments provide an unexpected global view from space of a nearly invisible fluorescent glow that sheds new light on vegetation productivity on land.

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Charles Bolden, left, and Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) President Jean-Yves Le Gall

May 2, 2014

NASA-CNES Proceed on Surface Water and Ocean Mission

NASA and the French space agency CNES have agreed to jointly build, launch and operate a mission to survey Earth's surface water and map ocean surface height.

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Blue Orb On The Horizon

May 1, 2014

Cassini Spies the Ice-Giant Planet Uranus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured its first-ever image of the pale blue ice-giant planet Uranus in the distance beyond Saturn's rings.

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Possible 'Moonwich' of Ice and Oceans on Ganymede

May 1, 2014

Ganymede May Harbor 'Club Sandwich' of Oceans and Ice

Jupiter's largest moon might be stacked with multiple layers of oceans and ice.

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Superstition Hills fault movement

April 30, 2014

California Faults Moved Quietly After Baja Quake

A new NASA study finds that a major 2010 earthquake in northern Mexico triggered quiet, non-shaking motions on several Southern California faults.

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A truck convoy carrying NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 spacecraft arrives at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base April 30.

April 30, 2014

NASA Carbon-Counting Satellite Arrives at Launch Site

A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch.

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Preparatory Drilling Test on Martian Target 'Windjana'

April 30, 2014

Target on Mars Looks Good for NASA Rover Drilling

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover performed a "mini-drill" operation Tuesday, April 29, on the rock target under consideration for the mission's third sample-collection drilling.

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NASA Satellite Spots Severe Weather Outbreak in South

April 29, 2014

NASA Satellite Spots Severe Weather in U.S. South

The tornado and severe thunderstorm outbreak now pummeling the U.S. South is captured in a new infrared image from NASA's Aqua satellite.

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Smeared and Magnified Galaxy

April 29, 2014

Well-behaved, Young Galaxy Surprises Astronomers

Scientists have discovered a young galaxy acting in unexpectedly mature ways.

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NASA-developed space technologies benefit those of us here on Earth.

April 28, 2014

NASA Spinoff 2013 Shows How Much Space is in Our Lives

Water filtration bottles, comfortable car seats and remote medical monitoring devices all have one thing in common -- they all have benefited from NASA technology.

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Europa

April 28, 2014

NASA Seeks External Concepts for Mission to Oceanic Jovian Moon

NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to science and engineering communities for ideas for a mission to Jupiter's enigmatic moon Europa.

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Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured this photograph of Earth's atmospheric layers

April 25, 2014

NASA Puzzles Out Ozone's Ups and Downs

NASA research suggests ozone levels in Earth's troposphere probably won't be affected much by projected stronger circulating winds that transport ozone in our atmosphere.

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Sandstone Target 'Windjana' May Be Next Martian Drilling Site

April 25, 2014

Drill Here? NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Inspects Site

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has maneuvered into place for close-up examination of a sandstone surface, a possible target for the mission's next drilling into a rock.

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Cold and Close Celestial Orb

April 25, 2014

NASA's Spitzer, WISE Find Sun's Close, Cold Neighbor

NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known.

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has caught the first image of asteroids taken from the surface of Mars.

April 24, 2014

Asteroids as Seen From Mars; A Curiosity Rover First

A new image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is the first ever from the surface of Mars to show an asteroid, and it shows two: Ceres and Vesta.

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The Ring Nebula (M57)

April 23, 2014

NASA Hubble Exhibit at National Air and Space Museum

Two instruments that played critical roles in NASA's Hubble Space Telescope discoveries now are on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington.

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A view of the entire African rainforest area (green)

April 23, 2014

NASA Finds Drought May Take Toll on Congo Rainforest

A new NASA study shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.

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The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft with Caltech's CASIS PCG HDPCG-1

April 21, 2014

Caltech Cargo Launched to Space Station

When the SpaceX-3 cargo resupply mission launched to the International Space Station April 18, an experiment designed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Pasadena, Calif., was among the cargo headed to space.

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Flight Engineer Steve Swanson sent this image of the SpaceX Dragon

April 21, 2014

JPL Cargo Launched to Space Station

JPL's OPALS lasercomm experiment arrived at the International Space Station on April 20, 2014, via SpaceX Dragon.

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

April 18, 2014

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Public Events and Online Activities

NASA will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day with a variety of live and online activities April 21-27 to engage the public in the agency's mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

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Kepler-186f, the first Earth-size Planet in the Habitable Zone

April 17, 2014

NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone."

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Cleaned Solar Arrays Gleam in Mars Rover's New Selfie

April 17, 2014

NASA Rover Opportunity's Selfie Shows Clean Machine

A new self-portrait by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows gleaming solar arrays, thanks to recent help from dust-cleaning winds.

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Magdalena Ridge Observatory

April 17, 2014

Exoplanets Soon to Gleam in the Eye of NESSI

The New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument, or NESSI, will soon get its first "taste" of exoplanets.

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Curiosity and Rover Tracks at 'the Kimberley,' April 2014

April 16, 2014

NASA Mars Orbiter Spies Rover Near Martian Butte

An image taken from orbit around Mars shows NASA's Curiosity Mars rover at its April 11, 2014, location beside a rock layer that may become the mission's next drilling target.

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Michael Russell and Laurie Barge of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

April 15, 2014

New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins

Did life first arise on Earth in warm, gentle springs on the sea floor? Researchers are putting together the chemical pieces of how this process might have occurred.

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A soybean field in Ohio. Image credit: WikiMedia Commons

April 15, 2014

Building Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World

A new study shows that soybean plants can be redesigned to increase crop yields while requiring less water and helping to offset greenhouse gas warming.

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

April 15, 2014

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery

NASA will host a news teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, April 17, to announce a new discovery made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.

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Commotion at Ring's Edge May Be Effect of Small Icy Object

April 14, 2014

NASA Cassini Images May Reveal Birth of a Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon and may also provide other clues.

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This artist's concept shows how the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS)

April 11, 2014

International Space Station to Beam Video via Laser Back to Earth

What's better than videos of cats chasing laser beams over a kitchen floor? Try videos sent OVER laser beams from space back to Earth. NASA's OPALS project readies for launch.

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In its next phase, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will perform 22 loops between Saturn and its innermost ring.

April 10, 2014

Join in the Cassini Name Game

The public is invited to help name a future phase of NASA's Cassini mission.

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Moon or Planet? The 'Exomoon Hunt' Continues

April 10, 2014

Faraway Moon or Faint Star? Possible Exomoon Found

Does our solar system's pantheon of moons stand alone, or do so-called "exomoons" exist in other planetary systems? The search is ongoing.

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Bright Spot Toward Sun in Image from NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover

April 8, 2014

Images From NASA Mars Rover Include Bright Spots

Images taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover last week include bright spots. Such spots, not unusual in images from the rover, have multiple possible explanations.

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Curiosity's View From Arrival Point at 'The Kimberley' Waypoint

April 3, 2014

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Scoping Out Next Study Area

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has reached a waypoint selected months ago as the location for the mission's next major investigations.

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Ocean Inside Saturn's Moon Enceladus

April 3, 2014

NASA Space Assets Detect Ocean inside Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water.

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Two people taking a 'selfie'

April 2, 2014

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with 'Global Selfie' Event

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth-observing missions will be launched into space in a single year.

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The Sagan Fellowship program, named after the late Carl Sagan, supports talented young scientists in their mission to explore the unknown.

April 2, 2014

NASA Selects 2014 Carl Sagan Fellows

NASA has selected seven scientists as recipients of the 2014 Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowships.

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Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2

April 2, 2014

NASA's OCO-2 Brings Sharp Focus on Global Carbon

In July 2014, NASA will launch the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) to study the fate of carbon dioxide worldwide.

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This 2004 levee break, caused by a burrowing beaver

April 1, 2014

NASA Radar Watches Over California's Aging Levees

NASA works with California's water managers to spot tiny signs of trouble in the Sacramento River delta levees, using a research radar.

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March 31, 2014

NASA Model Provides a 3-D Look at L.A.-area Quake

JPL scientists are studying the March 28 La Habra earthquake, a 5.1, to learn more about what may lie ahead.

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The magnitude of fluorescence portrayed in this visualization

March 31, 2014

Satellite Shows High Productivity from U.S. Corn Belt

A new NASA/university study shows that during growing season, the U.S. Midwest boasts the most photosynthetic activity on Earth.

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The flight team for NASA's Dawn mission received the 2014 Trophy

March 28, 2014

Dawn Wins National Air and Space Museum Trophy

Dawn receives prestigious National Air and Space Museum Trophy.

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Shadow Portrait of NASA Rover Opportunity on Martian Slope

March 27, 2014

Cleaner NASA Rover Sees Its Shadow in Martian Spring

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has captured a shadow selfie on a slope it is exploring with an increasing power supply, as winds remove some dust and spring days grow longer.

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Rosetta's Target

March 27, 2014

Rosetta Sets Sights on Destination Comet

The Rosetta spacecraft caught its first glimpse of its destination comet since waking up from deep-space hibernation on Jan. 20, 2014.

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Bulgeless Galaxy Hides Black Hole

March 26, 2014

The Search for Seeds of Black Holes

How does one grow supermassive black holes? A new study using data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up what might be their seeds.

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Beam Wave Guide antennas at Goldstone, known as the

March 25, 2014

NASA Hosts Deep Space Network Social Media Event

NASA will host 50 of its social media followers on April 1 and 2, 2014, at JPL in Pasadena and the Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif.

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As the emcee gets the crowd pumped

March 24, 2014

Student Robotics Teams Head to World Championships

Teams from California and Chile won the right to progress at the FIRST Robotics Competition Los Angeles Regional Qualifier held March 21 and 22 in Long Beach, Calif.

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Differential Erosion at Work on Martian Sandstones

March 24, 2014

NASA Mars Rover's Next Stop Has Sandstone Variations

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is approaching a waypoint where sandstone layers exhibit textures that may tell of ancient environmental changes.

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This animation shows the prototype starshade, a giant structure designed to block the glare of stars so that future space telescopes can take pictures of planets.

March 20, 2014

Space Sunflower May Help Snap Pictures of Planets

A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.

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GLIMPSE the Galaxy All the Way Around

March 20, 2014

NASA's Spitzer Telescope Brings 360-Degree View of Galaxy to Our Fingertips

Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with NASA's new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic presented Thursday at the TEDActive 2014 Conference in Vancouver, Canada.

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A New Gully Channel in Terra Sirenum, Mars

March 19, 2014

NASA Orbiter Finds New Gully Channel on Mars

Before-and-after observations by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter document the formation of a new gully channel, which likely resulted from action of dry-ice frost.

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This Seasat synthetic aperture radar image from Aug. 27, 1978

March 18, 2014

NASA Historic Earth Images Still Hold Research Value

NASA's 35-year-old Seasat satellite images of Earth, which were recently released, still have potential value for researchers, as outlined in a paper just published in Eos.

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Old-growth Amazon tree canopy in Tapajós National Forest, Brazil.

March 18, 2014

Amazon Inhales More Carbon than It Emits, NASA Finds

A new NASA-led study has confirmed that natural forests in the Amazon remove more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit.

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Arcadia High School of Arcadia, Calif

March 17, 2014

Arcadia High School Surfs Over Competition at JPL

Arcadia High School of Arcadia, Calif., beat 23 other California high schools in an all-day "buzzer-beater"-style Ocean Sciences Bowl held at JPL.

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The BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole

March 17, 2014

NASA Technology Views Birth of the Universe

Using JPL-developed technology, astronomers have acquired the first direct evidence that gravitational waves rippled through our infant universe.

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NASA's Cassini mission invites the public to transform images from the spacecraft for posting on an amateur image page

March 14, 2014

Your 15 Minutes of 'Frame' - from NASA's Cassini

Members of the public are encouraged to transform Cassini spacecraft images of the Saturn system and share the results on JPL's Cassini Amateur Image page.

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Pi Day infographic

March 14, 2014

Celebrate Pi Day with the JPL Education Office

To mark Pi Day, the informal holiday celebrating the mathematical constant 3.14, JPL's Education Office serves up an infographic with word problems featuring NASA spacecraft.

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Laurie Barge of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

March 13, 2014

How Did Life Arise? Fuel Cells May Have Answers

A new JPL-led study demonstrates a unique way to study the origins of life: fuel cells.

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

March 11, 2014

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Resumes Full Duty

Engineers have restored NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to full operations, following a March 9 unplanned swap of duplicate computers aboard the spacecraft.

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A nearby star stands out in red in this image from the Second Generation Digitized Sky Survey.

March 7, 2014

NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X'

NASA's WISE has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."

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Liftoff of the Delta II rocket carrying the Kepler spacecraft.

March 6, 2014

Kepler Team Marks Five Years in Space

Exactly five years ago, on March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to find planets around other stars, called exoplanets, in search of potentially habitable worlds.

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Louisiana sinkhole

March 6, 2014

That Sinking Feeling

New analyses of NASA radar data from 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, La. that year.

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Asteroid 2014 EC Flyby of Earth on March 6, 2014

March 6, 2014

Small Asteroid Will Pass Earth Safely on Thursday

An asteroid about 25 feet (8 meters) across will safely pass Earth at about 1:21 p.m. PST (4:21 p.m. EST) today, March 6, approaching us six times closer than the moon.

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Loops of Gas and Dust Rise from Planetary Disks

March 6, 2014

Mystery of Planet-forming Disks Explained by Magnetism

Gigantic magnetic loops on planet-forming disks explain a mystery of too much infrared light.

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This artist's concept shows a possible model of Titan's internal structure

March 5, 2014

Cassini Nears 100th Titan Flyby with a Look Back

On the eve of NASA Cassini's 100th flyby of Titan, scientists are reminded how Earth-like this Saturn moon really is.

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These images show sea surface temperatures of the Beaufort Sea where Canada's Mackenzie River discharges into the Arctic Ocean

March 5, 2014

NASA: Warm Rivers Play Role in Arctic Sea Ice Melt

The heat from warm river waters draining into the Arctic Ocean is contributing to the melting of Arctic sea ice each summer, a new NASA study finds.

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Asteroid 2014 DX110 Flyby of Earth on March 5, 2014

March 4, 2014

Asteroid Will Safely Pass Closer Than Moon Wednesday

As happens about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, a known asteroid will safely pass Earth Wednesday closer than the distance from Earth to the moon.

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An infrared portrait of Comet NEOWISE (C/2014 C3)

February 28, 2014

NEOWISE Spies Its First Comet

NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft has spotted its first new comet since coming out of hibernation late last year.

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Electra Relay Radio on MAVEN Mission to Mars

February 28, 2014

Relay Radio on Mars-Bound NASA Craft Passes Checkout

With completion of a checkout of the relay radio on NASA's Mars-bound MAVEN spacecraft, all of the onboard payloads have now successfully passed initial in-flight checkouts.

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Microtunnels in Yamato Meteorite From Mars

February 27, 2014

NASA Scientists Find Evidence of Water in Meteorite, Reviving Debate Over Life on Mars

Scientists at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and JPL have found evidence of past water movement throughout a Martian meteorite, reviving debate over life on Mars.

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Global Precipitation Measurement

February 27, 2014

NASA-JAXA Launch Mission to Measure Global Rain, Snow

The core satellite for a new NASA-Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency mission that will provide unprecedented observations of Earth's rain and snow has launched from Japan.

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Martian Landscape With Rock Rows and Mount Sharp

February 26, 2014

NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Views Striated Ground

A landscape scene photographed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover shows rock rows forming striations in the foreground and Mount Sharp on the horizon.

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The artist concept depicts multiple-transiting planet systems

February 26, 2014

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza

NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets.

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The closest supernova of its kind to be observed in the last few decades

February 26, 2014

Spitzer Stares into the Heart of New Supernova in M82

One of the closest supernovas to go off in the last few decades is putting on a good show for telescopes on the ground and in space.

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Asteroid 2006 DP14 in Radar Image

February 25, 2014

Radar Images of near-Earth Asteroid 2006 DP14

Radar images of peanut-shaped asteroid reveal it is no peanut-sized space rock.

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The severity of California's current drought is illustrated in these images of Folsom Lake, a reservoir in Northern California located 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Sacramento.

February 25, 2014

NASA Responds to California's Evolving Drought

NASA is partnering with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop and apply new technology and products to better manage and monitor the state's water resources and respond to its ongoing drought.

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California is currently experiencing one of its driest years on record

February 24, 2014

NASA Discusses Earth Science Help for California Drought

NASA officials will participate in a media briefing on Tuesday, Feb. 25 about the agency's use of Earth observation assets to help the state of California during the drought.

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

February 24, 2014

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discoveries

NASA will host a news teleconference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST), Wednesday, Feb. 26, to announce new discoveries made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope.

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Speedster Star Shocks the Galaxy

February 20, 2014

The Shocking Behavior of a Speedy Star

The antics of a speeding star are on display in a new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

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Map of Recent and Planned Driving by Curiosity as of Feb. 18, 2014

February 19, 2014

Curiosity Adds Reverse Driving for Wheel Protection

Terrain that NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is now crossing is as smooth as team members had anticipated based on earlier images from orbit.

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Untangling the Remains of Cassiopeia A

February 19, 2014

NASA's NuSTAR Untangles Mystery of How Stars Explode

One of the biggest mysteries in astronomy, how stars blow up in supernova explosions, is being unraveled with the help of NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array.

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Opportunity Rover on 'Murray Ridge' Seen From Orbit

February 19, 2014

NASA Mars Orbiter Views Opportunity Rover on Ridge

A new image from a telescopic camera orbiting Mars shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at work on "Murray Ridge," without any new impact craters nearby.

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Concept image shows an astronaut preparing to take samples from the captured asteroid

February 14, 2014

Responding to Potential Asteroid Redirect Mission Targets

NASA is pursuing new partnerships and collaborations to accelerate existing work to find near-Earth asteroids and know what to do about them.

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Where Martian 'Jelly Doughnut' Rock Came From

February 14, 2014

Mars Rover Heads Uphill After Solving 'Doughnut' Riddle

Researchers determine the Martian rock resembling a jelly doughnut is a piece of a larger rock broken and moved by the wheel of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

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Unlined irrigation ditches in the Aral Sea watershed are inefficient

February 14, 2014

NASA Data Find Some Hope for Water in Aral Sea Basin

A new study using NASA satellite data finds that water prospects for the Aral Sea watershed are better than previously thought.

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Beam Wave Guide antennas at Goldstone, known as the Beam Waveguide Cluster.

February 13, 2014

NASA to Host Deep Space Network Social Media Event

NASA will host a two-day NASA Social for 50 of its social media followers on April 1 and 2, 2014, at JPL in Pasadena and the Deep Space Network complex in Goldstone, Calif.

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Artist's concept of NuSTAR on orbit.

February 13, 2014

NASA Hosts Media Teleconference About Supernovas

NASA will host a news teleconference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 19, to announce new observations from its high-energy X-ray mission, the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR).

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Martian Morning Clouds Seen by Viking Orbiter 1 in 1976

February 12, 2014

NASA Moves Longest-Serving Mars Spacecraft for New Observations

NASA's Mars Odyssey has tweaked its orbit to help make the first systematic observations of how morning fogs, clouds and surface frost develop in different seasons on Mars.

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Ganymede Global Geologic Map and Global Image Mosaic

February 12, 2014

Largest Solar System Moon Detailed in Geologic Map

Global map of Ganymede shows furrows, grooves and impact craters, allowing scientists to decipher distinct geologic time periods.

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Movie of Curiosity's View Backwards While Crossing Dune

February 11, 2014

NASA's Curiosity Drives On After Crossing Martian Dune

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is continuing its traverse toward enticing science destinations after climbing over a dune spanning a gap in a ridge.

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Dance of Saturn's auroras

February 11, 2014

NASA Spacecraft Get a 360-Degree View of Saturn's Auroras

NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Hubble Space Telescope get all-around views of the dancing lights at Saturn's poles.

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Artist rendition of the proposed InSight (Interior exploration using Seismic Investigations)

February 10, 2014

NASA and French Space Agency Sign Agreement for Mars Mission

NASA and the French Space Agency (CNES), signed an implementing agreement Monday for cooperation on a future NASA Mars lander called InSight.

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Color-Coded Clues to Composition Superimposed on Martian Seasonal-Flow Image

February 10, 2014

NASA Mars Orbiters See Clues to Possible Water Flows

NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars have returned clues for understanding seasonal features that are the strongest indication of possible liquid water that may exist today on the Red Planet.

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Galaxy cluster Abell 2744

February 7, 2014

Looking Back to the Cradle of Our Universe

NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes team up to find a small galaxy that appears to be lying at the observable edge of our universe.

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Sochi Olympics Coastal Sites

February 6, 2014

NASA Satellite Eyes Sochi Olympic Sites

From seaside arenas to snowy ski runs, NASA satellite images capture the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games sites.

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Curiosity Mars Rover's First Image of Earth and Earth's Moon

February 6, 2014

NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Sees 'Evening Star' Earth

New images from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover show Earth shining brighter than any star in the Martian night sky.

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

February 6, 2014

National Space Club Honors Kepler's Planet Hunters

NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March.

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A Spectacular New Martian Impact Crater

February 5, 2014

NASA Mars Orbiter Examines Dramatic New Crater

Space rocks hitting Mars excavate fresh craters at a pace of more than 200 per year, but few new Mars scars pack as much visual punch as one seen in a NASA image released today.

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

February 4, 2014

Kepler Finds a Very Wobbly Planet

Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat.

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Martian Valley May Be Curiosity's Route

February 3, 2014

Through the Gap: Curiosity Mars Rover Crosses Dune

The team operating NASA's Curiosity Mars rover will likely drive the rover westward over a dune and across a valley with fewer sharp rock hazards than alternative routes.

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University High School Wins 2014 Los Angeles Regional Science Bowl

February 3, 2014

University High School Bowls Over Competition at JPL

University High School of Irvine, Calif., beat out 23 other local high schools in an all-day, "buzzer-beater"-style Science Bowl held at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Curiosity's View Past Dune at 'Dingo Gap'

January 31, 2014

NASA Mars Rover's View of Possible Westward Route

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover reached the edge of a dune on Jan. 30 and photographed the valley on the other side, to aid assessment of whether to cross the dune.

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Herbig-Haro 30 is the prototype of a gas-rich 'Young Stellar Object' disk around a star

January 30, 2014

NASA-Sponsored 'Disk Detective' Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries

NASA invites the public to help find young planetary systems in data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission.

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Artist's concept of a magneto-optical trap and atom chip to be used by NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory (CAL) aboard the International Space Station

January 30, 2014

NASA Selects International Space Station Physical Science Research Proposals

NASA will fund seven proposals, including one from JPL, to conduct physics research on the agency's new microgravity laboratory, launching to the International Space Station.

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Development of Massive Elliptical Galaxies

January 29, 2014

NASA and ESA Space Telescopes Help Solve Mystery of Burned-Out Galaxies

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, and Europe's Herschel Space Observatory, have pieced together the evolutionary sequence of compact elliptical galaxies that erupted and burned out early in the history of the universe.

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Storm of Stars in the Trifid Nebula

January 29, 2014

Where the Wild Stars Are

A new view of the Trifid nebula from NASA's WISE mission shows a cloud being ripped to shreds by stellar radiation and winds.

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Curiosity Mars Rover Approaches 'Dingo Gap,' Mastcam View

January 29, 2014

Curiosity Mars Rover Checking Possible Smoother Route

The team operating NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is considering a path across a small sand dune to reach a favorable route to science destinations.

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A small part of the Hofsjökull ice cap in Iceland

January 28, 2014

NASA Radar Maps the Winter Pace of Iceland's Glaciers

A high-precision radar instrument from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., left Southern California for Iceland today to create detailed maps of how glaciers move in the dead of winter.

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Comet 2013 A1 Siding Spring

January 28, 2014

NASA Preparing for 2014 Comet Watch at Mars

A close flyby of Mars in 2014 by comet Siding Spring could deliver opportunities for learning, but also possible hazards for orbiting spacecraft. NASA is preparing for both.

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Rosetta at Comet

January 24, 2014

NASA Instruments on European Comet Spacecraft Begin Countdown

Three NASA science instruments are being prepared for check-out operations aboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft to a comet.

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Asteroid Tracks Among the Stars

January 23, 2014

NEOWISE Celebrates First Month of Operations After Reactivation

In its first 25 days of operations, the newly reactivated NEOWISE mission has detected 857 minor bodies in our solar system, including 22 near-Earth objects (NEOs) and four comets.

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Self-Portrait by Opportunity Mars Rover in January 2014

January 23, 2014

NASA's Opportunity at 10: New Findings from Old Rover

A decade into a mission planned for only three months, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity keeps yielding new findings and surprises about how Mars has changed.

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Artist's concept of Ceres

January 22, 2014

Herschel Telescope Detects Water on Dwarf Planet

Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.

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Artist's rendering of NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO)-2, one of five new NASA Earth science missions set to launch in 2014, and one of three managed by JPL

January 22, 2014

NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science

For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year.

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An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell University

January 21, 2014

NASA Hosts News Conference About 10 Years of Roving on Mars

NASA's Opportunity rover was built for a three-month mission on Mars, but continues to return valuable scientific data 10 years later.

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Planning for NASA's 2020 Mars rover envisions a basic structure that capitalizes on the design

January 21, 2014

NASA Receives Mars 2020 Rover Instrument Proposals for Evaluation

NASA has received 58 proposals for science and exploration technology instruments to fly on the agency's next Mars rover in 2020.

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An artist's view of Rosetta, the European Space Agency's cometary probe with NASA contributions.

January 17, 2014

Rosetta: To Chase a Comet

European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft carries three NASA instruments.

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Greater Los Angeles. It was the costliest earthquake in U.S. history

January 16, 2014

Eight Seconds of Terror

Twenty years ago, Southern California was rocked by a devastating 6.7 earthquake. A JPL scientist reflects on the lessons of Northridge and what lies ahead, and beneath.

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

January 16, 2014

Free Mars Exploration Rover 10-Year Anniversary Event Tonight

The public is invited to share, either in person or online, in a 10-year anniversary event for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity, tonight at 7 p.m. PST (10 p.m. EST).

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Cloud plumes from cracks of open water in the Arctic sea ice cover.

January 15, 2014

NASA: Cracked Sea Ice Stirs Up Arctic Mercury Concern

Vigorous mixing in the air above large cracks in Arctic sea ice that expose seawater to cold polar air pumps atmospheric mercury down to the surface, finds a NASA field campaign.

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's official entry, RoboSimian

January 13, 2014

Ladies And Gentlemen, Boot Your Robots!

RoboSimian: Designed to be part robot, part ape, JPL's entry in DARPA's Robotic Challenge will be heading to the finals later this year.

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High-Energy X-ray View of  'Hand of God'

January 9, 2014

Dead Star and Distant Black Holes Dazzle in X-Rays

New images from NASA's NuSTAR highlight a spinning, dead star and black holes blanketed in dust.

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Curiosity Trekking, Viewed from Orbit in December 2013

January 9, 2014

Mars Orbiter Images Rover and Tracks in Gale Crater

An observation made last month by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Curiosity rover and its tracks on the Martian surface.

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Gemini Planet Imager¹s First Light Image of Beta Pictoris b

January 7, 2014

Powerful Planet Finder Turns Its Eye to the Sky

The Gemini Planet Imager opens a new era of planet discovery and characterization.

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Hubble Frontier Field Abell 2744

January 7, 2014

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Team up to Probe Faraway Galaxies

NASA's Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes are providing a new perspective on the remote universe, including new views of young and distant galaxies bursting with stars.

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NEOWISE's New Find

January 7, 2014

Recently Reactivated NASA Spacecraft Spots Its First New Asteroid

A NASA spacecraft revived from hibernation last year has made the first asteroid discovery of its new mission.

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This Just In: Storms Expected on Brown Dwarfs

January 7, 2014

Stormy Stars? NASA's Spitzer Probes Weather on Brown Dwarfs

To the surprise of astronomers, most brown dwarfs may be roiled by massive storms.

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

January 6, 2014

NASA's Kepler Provides Insights on Enigmatic Planets

More than three-quarters of the planet candidates discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft have sizes ranging from that of Earth to that of Neptune.

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View of Victoria Crater from Duck Bay

January 6, 2014

NASA, Smithsonian Host 10-Year Mars Rover Events

NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington are sponsoring events to mark the 10-year anniversary of the Mars Exploration Rovers.

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outcrop on the 'Murray Ridge' portion of the rim of Endeavour Crater

January 3, 2014

Decade-Old Rover Adventure Continues on Mars and Earth

Landings of NASA Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity 10 years ago inspired some students to pursue careers that put them on the team still operating one of those long-lived rovers.

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animated GIF of asteroid AA 2014

January 2, 2014

First 2014 Asteroid Discovered: Update

Scientists have updated information about 2014 AA, the first asteroid discovered this year.

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