News Articles for 2014

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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