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The NASA Imager Dentists Use Daily

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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Imaging technology developed at JPL is now used in dental X-rays.






NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star.






NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review.






In Atmospheric River Storms, Wind Is a Risk, Too

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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While rain and snow in atmospheric river storms can be drought busters, they bring a well-known flood risk. A new NASA study shows they also bring high wind damage worldwide.






NASA to Host News Conference on Discovery Beyond Our Solar System

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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NASA will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. PST (1 p.m. EST) Wednesday, Feb. 22, to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets.






NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission.






Dawn Discovers Evidence for Organic Material on Ceres

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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NASA's Dawn mission has found evidence for organic material on Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.






An Ice World...With an Ocean?

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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How a puzzling sensor reading transformed NASA's Cassini Saturn mission and created a new target in the search for habitable worlds beyond Earth.






Earth Science on the Space Station Continues to Grow

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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The number of instruments on the International Space Station dedicated to observing Earth to increase our understanding of our home planet continues to grow.






NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water resources: snow.






NASA-funded Website Lets the Public Search for New Nearby Worlds

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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NASA is inviting the public to help search for possible undiscovered worlds in the outer reaches of our solar system and in neighboring interstellar space.






Lasers Could Give Space Research its 'Broadband' Moment

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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New laser technology could yield more science data and high-definition video from spacecraft.






Spitzer Hears Stellar 'Heartbeat' from Planetary Companion

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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A planet and a star are having a tumultuous romance that can be detected from 370 light-years away.






Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites for Mars 2020

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation.






Descent into a Frozen Underworld

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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A JPL robotics researcher tested new technologies in ice caves near an active volcano in Antarctica.






Asteroid Resembles Dungeons and Dragons Dice

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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Radar images of asteroid 2017 BQ6 were obtained on Feb. 6 and 7 with NASA's 70-meter antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California.






A Valentine: From Cassini with Love

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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The world has ridden along with NASA's Saturn spacecraft via its incredible images. Now the mission invites the public to share their own works of art.






NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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Data from NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign are dramatically increasing our knowledge of how the ocean is melting Greenland's ice sheet.






NASA-Led Campaign Studies Hawaii's Iconic Volcanoes

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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A NASA-led science team is exploring Hawaii's Kilauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes from the air, ground and space to better understand volcanic processes and hazards.






One Role of Mars Orbiter: Check Possible Landing Sites

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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At this week's workshop about where NASA's next Mars rover should land, most of the information comes from a prolific spacecraft that's been orbiting Mars since 2006.






NASA Receives Science Report on Europa Lander Concept

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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A report on the potential science value of a lander on Europa has been delivered to NASA, and the agency is engaging the science community to discuss its findings.






NASA Studies a Rarity: Growing Louisiana Deltas

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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A NASA study of two growing Louisiana deltas can help scientists better understand how coastal wetlands will respond to global sea level rise.






Queen Elizabeth Prize Honors Digital Imaging Pioneers

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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Eric Fossum receives the world's most prestigious engineering prize for leading a JPL team that developed breakthrough imaging technology in the 1990s.






NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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Evidence shows ancient Mars sometimes had water on its surface. Yet climate modelers struggle to produce scenarios where its surface is warm enough to keep water unfrozen.






It's Never 'Groundhog Day' at Jupiter

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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NASA Juno Flies By Gas Giant.






NuSTAR Helps Solve 'Rapid Burster' Mystery

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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Scientists observing a neutron star in the "Rapid Burster" system may have solved a 40-year-old mystery surrounding its puzzling X-ray bursts.






Troy High School Places First at Regional Science Bowl

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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It was the 25th year JPL has hosted the event.






New Planet Imager Delivers First Science

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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A new device on the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii has delivered its first images, showing a ring of planet-forming dust around a star.






Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented Detail

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "Ring-Grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling rings of icy debris.






Storms Filled 37 Percent of CA Snow-Water Deficit

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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January storms may have recouped 37 percent of California's five-year deficit in snow water.






A New Test for Life on Other Planets

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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On an otherworldly landscape in Mono Lake, California, scientists have tested a new method for potentially detecting chemical signatures of life on another planet.






Study Tracks 'Memory' of Soil Moisture

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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The first year of data from NASA's SMAP mission provides surprising findings that will help in forecasting weather and monitoring crop growth.






Similar-Looking Ridges on Mars Have Diverse Origins

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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Thin, blade-like walls, some as tall as a 16-story building, dominate a previously undocumented network of intersecting ridges on Mars, found in images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.






NASA Dust-on-Snow Data Help Colorado River Managers

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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NASA measures the dust on the Colorado and Utah snowpack to help forecast water supplies in the Colorado River Basin.






NuSTAR Finds New Clues to 'Chameleon Supernova'

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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The supernova SN 2014C dramatically changed in appearance over the course of a year, apparently because it had thrown off a lot of material late in its life.






Public to Choose Jupiter Picture Sites for NASA Juno

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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For the first time, the public can vote on which pictures the spacecraft's JunoCam imager takes of Jupiter.






Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud.






Rolling on the (Atmospheric) River

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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A series of atmospheric rivers that brought drought-relieving rain, snow and flooding to California this week is highlighted in a new movie created with NASA satellite data.






NASA Plans Another Busy Year for Earth Science Fieldwork

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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NASA scientists are crisscrossing the globe in 2017 to investigate critical science questions about how our planet is changing and what impacts humans are having on it.






Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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The 2005 descent of ESA's Huygens probe to Saturn's moon Titan remains a major milestone in solar system exploration.






Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes.






Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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From the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars comes a new view of Earth and its moon, showing continent-size detail on the planet and the relative size of the moon.






The Case of the 'Missing Link' Neutron Star

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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A mysterious neutron star has been caught behaving like two distinct objects -- a radio pulsar and a magnetar -- and could be important to understanding the evolution of these objects.






How Far Away is That Galaxy? Vast Catalog Has Answers

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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A team of researchers has compiled a special catalog to help astronomers figure out the true distances to tens of thousands of galaxies beyond our own Milky Way.






NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 20:01:00 GMT

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NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system - a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun.






NASA's NEOWISE Mission Spies One Comet, Maybe Two

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's NEOWISE mission has recently discovered some celestial objects traveling through our neighborhood, including one on the blurry line between asteroid and comet.






NASA Mars Odyssey Orbiter Resumes Full Operations

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft has resumed full service following recovery after entering a safe standby mode on Dec. 26, 2016.






NASA Releases New, Detailed Greenland Glacier Data

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission has released preliminary data on the heights of Greenland coastal glaciers from its first airborne campaign in March 2016.






Meet a 'Spacecraft Dressmaker'

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Meet one of the seamstresses behind JPL's thermal blankets, which protect spacecraft from extreme environments.






Small Troughs Growing on Mars May Become 'Spiders'

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Erosion-carved troughs that grow and branch during multiple Martian years may be infant versions of larger features known as Martian "spiders."






New Technology Could Help Track Firefighters for Safety

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Firefighters' lives are at risk if they get lost in smoky buildings. New JPL technology could help save them.






New NASA Hurricane Tracking Mission on Track

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA confirmed all eight spacecraft of its new Earth science mission, which will provide advanced technology to see inside tropical storms and hurricanes, are in good shape.






Are planets like those in 'Star Wars: Rogue One' really out there? NASA plans to find out

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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In the "Star Wars" universe, ice, ocean and desert planets burst from the darkness as your ship drops out of light speed. But these worlds might be more than science fiction.






Where is the Ice on Ceres? New NASA Dawn Findings

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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At first glance, Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, may not look icy.






Juno Captures Jupiter 'Pearl'

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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A new image from NASA's Juno spacecraft highlights the seventh of Jupiter's eight 'string of pearls' -- huge counterclockwise rotating storms that appear as white ovals.






NASA Releases New Eye-Popping View of Carbon Dioxide

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Follow the movement of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere in a new NASA visualization created using data from JPL's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite.






Mars Rock-Ingredient Stew Seen as Plus for Habitability

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Curiosity rover finds evidence of how changes in ancient Mars lakes and wet underground environments, billions of years ago, affected favorability for microbial life.






Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: NASA

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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As Earth warms, much of the extra heat is stored in the planet's ocean -- but monitoring the magnitude of that heat content is a difficult task.






NASA/USGS Provide Global View of Speed of Ice

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Glaciers and ice sheets move in unique patterns, as evidenced by a new capability that uses satellites to map ice flow speeds in Greenland, Antarctica and mountain ranges.






NASA Technology is all Around You

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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From GoPros to self-driving tractors, many industries are benefitting from JPL technology.






JPL Remembers John Glenn

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Senator and NASA astronaut John Glenn was, without question, an American hero.






NASA Juno Mission Completes Latest Jupiter Flyby

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno mission completed a close flyby of Jupiter on Sunday, Dec. 11, its latest science orbit of the mission.






NASA Announces First Geostationary Vegetation, Atmospheric Carbon Mission

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA has selected a first-of-its-kind Earth science mission that will extend our nation's lead in measuring key greenhouse gases and vegetation health from space.






Cassini Beams Back First Images from New Orbit

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft has sent to Earth its first views of Saturn's atmosphere since beginning the latest phase of its mission.






Curiosity Rover Team Examining New Drill Hiatus

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Mars Curiosity is studying its surroundings and monitoring, not driving or using its arm for science, while the team diagnoses an issue with a motor that moves the drill.






Spinoff 2017: NASA Tech Makes a Difference on Earth

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's new Spinoff 2017 publication looks at 50 companies that use NASA tech innovations (including JPL technology) in products that will benefit all of us.






Cassini Makes First Ring-Grazing Plunge

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has made its first close dive past the outer edges of Saturn's rings.






Students Test Their Concepts in JPL Invention Challenge

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:12:00 GMT

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Now in its 19th year, the competition drew students from across Southern California -- and even as far away as Tanzania.






From Monterey Bay to Europa

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Underwater drone research could change how we study the ocean -- and could eventually look for life on other planets.






NASA Radio on Europe's New Mars Orbiter Aces Relay Test

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Data from each of the two rovers active on Mars reached Earth last week in the successful first relay test of a NASA radio aboard Europe's new Trace Gas Orbiter.






Metallic Glass Gears Make for Graceful Robots

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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JPL research using metallic glass could change how robots move and reduce their cost.






NASA's ISS-RapidScat Earth Science Mission Ends

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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NASA's ISS-RapidScat Earth science instrument has ended operations following a successful two-year mission aboard the International Space Station.






NASA Selects Launch Services for Global Surface Water Survey Mission

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency's Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission.






NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for 'Ring-Grazing Orbits'

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Cassini is set to enter the first phase of its dramatic endgame.






Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Frozen beneath cracked, pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as is in Lake Superior, researchers using NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter have determined.






Study Sheds New Insights Into Global Warming Trends

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Research into the temporary slowdown in the global average surface temperature warming trend seen between 1998 and 2013 attributes the phenomenon to Earth's ocean absorbing the planet's extra heat.






New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Newly released images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft showcase the dwarf planet's diversity and wonder.






Study Finds Widespread Land Losses from Gulf Oil Spill

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Dramatic shoreline loss is revealed in new NASA/USGS maps of Louisiana wetlands where the coastline was heavily coated with oil during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.






NASA Microthrusters Achieve Success on ESA's LISA Pathfinder

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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The super-precise JPL thruster system has met all its mission goals on the LISA Pathfinder mission.






First GRACE Follow-On Satellite Completes Construction

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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The first of two satellites has been completed for a follow-on to NASA's GRACE mission.






NASA to Launch Fleet of Hurricane-Tracking SmallSats

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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NASA is set to launch its first Earth science small-satellite constellation, which will help improve hurricane intensity, track and storm surge forecasts, on Dec. 12.






NASA Space Telescopes Pinpoint Elusive Brown Dwarf

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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Two NASA space telescopes jointly observed a microlensing event, when a distant star brightens due to the gravitational field of at least one foreground cosmic object.






A Box of 'Black Magic' to Study Earth from Space

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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CubeSats are challenging JPL engineers to build next-gen antennas.






NASA Small Satellites Will Take a Fresh Look at Earth

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:11:00 GMT

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NASA is launching six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative approaches for studying our changing planet.






Watching Summer Clouds on Titan

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:11:00 GMT

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New video shows bright clouds of methane drifting across Saturn's largest moon, Titan.






NASA, FEMA Hold Asteroid Emergency Planning Exercise

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:11:00 GMT

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What would we do if we discovered a large asteroid on course to impact Earth? That highly unlikely scenario was discussed at a recent NASA-FEMA tabletop exercise.






Curiosity Mars Rover Checks Odd-looking Iron Meteorite

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:11:00 GMT

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Laser-zapping of a globular, golf-ball-size object on Mars by NASA's Curiosity rover confirms that it is an iron-nickel meteorite fallen from the Red Planet's sky.






New, Space-Based View of Human-Made Carbon Dioxide

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 19:11:00 GMT

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Scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide ever made solely from satellite observations, using data from NASA's OCO-2.






Art Turns Public Eyes (and Ears) Toward Space

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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"Orbit," an educational experience, lets the public explore satellites through sound.






Catalog of Known Near-Earth Asteroids Tops 15,000

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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The 15,000th near-Earth asteroid (2016 TB57) was discovered this month.






Further Clues to Fate of Mars Lander, Seen From Orbit

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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The most powerful telescope orbiting Mars provides new details of the scene where Europe's test lander hit the surface last week.






NASA Moon Mission Shares Insights into Giant Impacts

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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New results from NASA's GRAIL mission yield insights into the huge impacts that dominated the early history of Earth's moon and other solid worlds in our solar system.






NASA's Juno Mission Exits Safe Mode, Performs Trim Maneuver

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter has left safe mode and has successfully completed a minor burn of its thruster engines in preparation for its next close flyby of Jupiter.






No Balloons for JPL's Birthday, Just a 'Satelloon'

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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80 years of daring to do what few others have tried, including bouncing radio signals off a giant, orbiting balloon in 1960.






'Heartbeat Stars' Unlocked in New Study

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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Heartbeat stars got their name because if you were to map out their brightness over time, the result looks like an electrocardiogram, a graph of the electrical activity of the heart.






Camera on Mars Orbiter Shows Signs of Latest Mars Lander

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has identified new markings on the surface of the Red Planet that are believed to be related to Europe's Schiaparelli test lander, which arrived at Mars on Oct. 19.






Uranus May Have Two Undiscovered Moons

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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A new study suggests Uranus has two tiny, previously undiscovered moonlets orbiting near two of the planet's rings.






The Life Cycle of a Flood Revealed

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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A NASA analysis of a 2015 Texas flood is the first to document the full life cycle and impacts of a flood on both land and ocean.






Cassini Sees Dramatic Seasonal Changes on Titan

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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As winter comes to the southern parts of Saturn's moon Titan, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been following dramatic seasonal changes in the temperature and composition of the atmosphere there.






Citizen Scientists Seek South Pole 'Spiders' on Mars

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:10:00 GMT

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Ten thousand volunteers viewing images of Mars have helped identify targets for closer inspection, yielding new insights about erosional features known as "spiders."