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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