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New Look at 2004's Martian Hole-in-One Site

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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A new observation from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captures the landing platform the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles ago.






NASA Image Shows Earth Between the Rings of Saturn

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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A new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows planet Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.






Detecting Life in the Ultra-dry Atacama Desert

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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JPL tests a portable chemistry lab designed for potential use on other planets.






Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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As NASA's Dawn spacecraft continues exploring Ceres, evidence mounts that the enigmatic dwarf planet retains a significant amount of water ice.






NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation'

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, and is heading for "Perseverance Valley."






Cassini Heads Toward Final Close Encounter with Titan

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its final close flyby of Saturn's haze-enshrouded moon Titan this weekend.






NASA Radar Spots Relatively Large Asteroid Prior to Flyby

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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Radar images of asteroid 2014 JO25 were obtained early Tuesday morning, with NASA's 70-meter antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California.






'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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3-D printing is inspiring new materials at JPL.






Sierra Snowpack Bigger Than Last Four Years Combined: NASA

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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NASA data show that snowpack in the Tuolumne River Basin in California's Sierra Nevada is larger than the last four years of snowpack combined.






'Detergent' Molecules May Drive Recent Methane Changes

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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A new study suggests that hydroxyl radicals may be behind an unexplained recent increase in Earth's atmospheric methane levels.






Cassini Sees 'Flying-Saucer' Moon Atlas Up Close

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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Saturn's small moon Atlas looks smooth in early, unprocessed views from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which made its closest-ever pass on April 12.






NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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Two NASA missions provide new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.






Earth-Sized 'Tatooine' Planets Could Be Habitable

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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A new study explores potential climates of a planet orbiting two suns.






Overpumping Reduces California's Groundwater Storage

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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A new study finds decades of overpumping groundwater in California's Central Valley have irreversibly altered the aquifer and permanently reduced its ability to store water.






NASA News Briefing: Discoveries About Oceans Beyond Earth

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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NASA will discuss new results about ocean worlds in our solar system from the agency's Cassini spacecraft and the Hubble Space Telescope during a news briefing on Thursday, April 13.






NASA Invests in 22 Visionary Exploration Concepts

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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JPL provided five of the 22 concepts selected by NASA for further study.






Asteroid to Fly Safely Past Earth on April 19

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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A fairly large asteroid discovered nearly three years ago will safely pass about 1.1 million miles from Earth on April 19. That's about 4.6 times the Earth-moon distance.






For Earth Day, NASA Invites You to #AdoptThePlanet

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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NASA invites people worldwide to help us celebrate Earth Day by "adopting" a piece of Earth as seen from space.






NASA Digital Communications Receives Five Webby Award Nominations

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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NASA's digital presence has earned five nominations for Webby Awards, the premier honor for online communications, from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.






Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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Solar storms can vacuum electrical charge from upper-atmosphere regions above the Arctic and create regions of excess charge.






NASA's Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story.






Ceres' Temporary Atmosphere Linked to Solar Activity

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:04:00 GMT

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Solar particles free water molecules from the surface of Ceres, allowing them to escape and create a tenuous atmosphere, according to a new study.






NASA Tests Robotic Ice Tools

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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NASA's JPL has been prototyping new technologies for exploring ocean worlds.






Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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The most data-productive Mars spacecraft passed orbit 50,000 this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever gathered by a camera at the Red Planet.






NASA to Preview 'Grand Finale' of Cassini Saturn Mission

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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NASA will hold a news conference on Tuesday, April 4, at JPL, to preview the beginning of Cassini's final mission segment (called the Grand Finale), which begins in late April.






NASA Announces Astronomy and Astrophysics Fellows for 2017

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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NASA has selected 28 fellows for its prestigious Einstein, Hubble and Sagan fellowships.






Mars Rover Leader Peter Theisinger Receives National Trophy

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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Peter Theisinger, who led projects that developed multiple NASA rovers that successfully landed on Mars, will receive a National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement Trophy.






NASA Selects Mission to Study Churning Chaos in Milky Way and Beyond

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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NASA has selected a science mission that will measure emissions from the interstellar medium, which is the cosmic material found between stars.






Two JPL-sponsored Teams Win FIRST Regionals

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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Robots zipped through a steampunk-themed competition this past weekend in Long Beach, California.






NuSTAR Probes Puzzling Galaxy Merger

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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A supermassive black hole inside a tiny galaxy is challenging scientists' ideas about what happens when two galaxies become one.






NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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NASA coral reef studies in Hawaii this winter will help scientists understand this unique environment and evaluate a possible satellite mission.






NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Jupiter Flyby

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno mission accomplished a close flyby of Jupiter on Monday, March 27, successfully completing its fourth science orbit.






NASA Selects CubeSat, SmallSat Mission Concept Studies

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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JPL's concept to study Venus was included among the 10 studies selected.






Study of Complex 2016 Quake May Alter Hazard Models

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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A new study finds last year's magnitude 7.8 New Zealand earthquake was so complex and unusual it is likely to change how scientists think about quake hazards around the world.






Andromeda's Bright X-Ray Mystery Solved by NuSTAR

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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The Milky Way's closest neighbor, Andromeda, features a dominant source of high-energy X-ray emission, but its identity was mysterious until now.






How A.I. Captured a Volcano's Changing Lava Lake

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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For more than 12 years, A.I. developed at JPL has tracked wildfires, floods and erupting volcanoes.






Ice in Ceres' Shadowed Craters Linked to Tilt History

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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The tilt of Ceres' rotation axis could be related to ice in shadowed regions, research from NASA's Dawn mission suggests.






The Many Faces of Rosetta's Comet 67P

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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Images from ESA Rosetta indicate that the surface of its target comet has had growing fractures, collapsing cliffs and massive rolling boulders.






Breaks Observed in Rover Wheel Treads

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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A routine check of the aluminum wheels on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found two small breaks on the rover's left middle wheel-the latest sign of wear and tear as the rover continues its journey, now approaching the 10-mile (16 kilometer) mark.






Futuristic Clock Prepared for Space

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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JPL's Deep Space Atomic Clock was recently joined to the spacecraft that will take it into Earth orbit.






Mars Volcano, Earth's Dinosaurs Went Extinct About the Same Time

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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A giant Martian volcano ended its activity about 50 million years ago, which happened to be around the same time dinosaurs went extinct on Earth.






Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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JPL's PUFFER is a scout robot that can flatten itself to crawl into tight spaces.






Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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The two moons of Mars may be progeny of past rings and parents of future rings around the Red Planet, NASA-funded research at Purdue University suggests.






COBALT Flight Demonstrations Fuse Technologies to Gain Precision Landing Results

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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COBALT will help spacecraft avoid hazards and land closer to prime science targets.






NASA Satellite Identifies Global Ammonia 'Hotspots'

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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Study ties fertilizers, animal waste, changes to atmospheric chemistry and climate change to increased ammonia over the United States, Europe, China and India.






Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles.






GRACE Mission: 15 Years of Watching Water on Earth

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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In 15 years of operations, the GRACE satellite mission has dramatically changed our view of how water moves and is stored on Earth.







Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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Could leftover heat from the last El Nino fuel a new one? JPL Climatologist Bill Patzert looks at the current state of the Pacific Ocean as seen by the Jason-3 satellite.






Cassini Sees Heat Below the Icy Surface of Enceladus

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 19:03:00 GMT

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A new study from NASA's Cassini mission shows that Saturn's moon Enceladus is warmer than expected just a few feet below its icy surface.






NASA Studying Shared Venus Science Objectives with Russian Space Research Institute

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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NASA-sponsored scientists will meet with the Russian Academy of Sciences' Space Research Institute (IKI) next week to continue work on a Joint Science Definition Team study focused on identifying shared science objectives for Venus exploration.






Ancient Stardust Sheds Light on the First Stars

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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Astronomers have detected a huge mass of glowing stardust in a galaxy seen when the universe was only 4 percent of its present age.






NASA Mission Named 'Europa Clipper'

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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NASA's upcoming mission to investigate the habitability of Jupiter's icy moon Europa now has a formal name: Europa Clipper.






NASA Mars Orbiter Tracks Back-to-Back Regional Storms

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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A regional dust storm currently swelling on Mars follows unusually closely on one that blossomed less than two weeks earlier and is now dissipating, as seen in daily global weather monitoring by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.






Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.






New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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A new technological application of interplanetary radar pioneered by JPL scientists has successfully located spacecraft orbiting the moon -- one active, and one dormant.






NASA Virtual Tour Highlights Women in STEM

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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For International Women's Day and Women's History Month, a new NASA educational virtual tour features seven women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.






NASA's Kepler Provides Another Peek at Ultra-cool Neighbor

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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Data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft about TRAPPIST-1, a system of seven Earth-size planets, are now available to the scientific community.






Dawn Identifies Age of Ceres' Brightest Area

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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The bright central area of Ceres' Occator Crater, known as Cerealia Facula, is approximately 30 million years younger than the crater in which it lies, according to a new study in the Astronomical Journal.






NASA Wants to Create the Coolest Spot in the Universe

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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JPL's Cold Atom Laboratory will let scientists study bizarre physics in space.






NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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NASA's MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars' moon Phobos.






Coming Soon: Online Tickets to 'Explore JPL'

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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Based on positive feedback received last year, JPL is again using online ticketing for the public to sign up to attend this year's "Explore JPL."






NuSTAR Spots Temperature Swings of Black Hole Winds

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:03:00 GMT

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For the first time, scientists have measured rapidly varying temperatures in hot gas emanating from around a black hole.






NASA Data Show California's San Joaquin Valley Still Sinking

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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Areas of California's San Joaquin Valley continue to sink in response to the state's drought, finds a new update to a 2015 JPL report commissioned by the state of California.






NuSTAR Helps Find Universe's Brightest Pulsars

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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There's a new record holder for brightest pulsar ever found -- and astronomers are still trying to figure out how it can shine so brightly.






Santa Monica High School Wins Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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In a nail-biting final round, the school's team took first place and will move on to the national competition.






Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 20:02:00 GMT

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On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today.






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.