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Wind, Warm Water Revved Up Melting Antarctic Glaciers

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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The flow speeds of Antarctica's fastest-accelerating glaciers in 2008-2014 likely increased because of warm water blown into their bay by La Niña and another climate pattern.






NASA's Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.






GRACE Mission Making Plans for Final Science Data Collection

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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With one of its twin satellites almost out of fuel after 15 years measuring Earth's gravity field, the U.S./German GRACE mission is making plans for a final science collection.






NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover Climbing Toward Ridge Top

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has begun the steep ascent of an iron-oxide-bearing ridge that's grabbed scientists' attention since before the car-sized rover's 2012 landing.






Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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Cassini has begun transmitting data -- including the final images taken by its imaging cameras -- in advance of its final plunge into Saturn on Sept. 15.






Cassini Makes its 'Goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan.






After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future exploration.






NASA/UCI Find Evidence of Sea Level 'Fingerprints'

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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For the first time, scientists have detected sea level "fingerprints" -- patterns of variation in global sea level due to changes in water and ice on land -- in GRACE data.






Jupiter's Auroras Present a Powerful Mystery

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 19:09:00 GMT

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Juno has observed massive amounts of energy over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful aurora.






Apply to Be a NASA Solar System Ambassador

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Could you be one of them? If you want to share your passion of space with the public, being a NASA Solar System Ambassador is the perfect platform to do so.






NASA Working with Partners to Provide Harvey Response

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA is using its assets and expertise from across the agency, including from JPL, to help respond to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.






Juno Scientists Prepare for Seventh Science Pass of Jupiter

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its seventh science flyby over Jupiter's mysterious cloud tops this Friday.






NASA and Iconic Museum Honor Voyager Spacecraft 40th Anniversary

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will celebrate 40 years of the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft.






Saturn Plunge Nears for Cassini Spacecraft

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is 18 days from its mission-ending dive into the atmosphere of Saturn.






NASA's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May as the first interplanetary launch from California.






A Clockwork Rover for Venus

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Mechanical computers could help explore an extremely unwelcoming planet.






NASA Satellite Images Show Evolution of Hurricane Harvey

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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The rapid intensification of Harvey is depicted in a new set of images from a pair of instruments on NASA's Aqua satellite.






Saturn With a Side of Bacon

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Take a peek inside the Cassini team's beloved tradition of Friday breakfast together.






NASA Announces Cassini End-of-Mission Media Activities

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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On Sept. 15, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will complete its remarkable story of exploration with an intentional plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, ending its mission after nearly 20 years in space.






Q&A: What Happens During a Total Eclipse?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Photos can't do justice to the in-person experience, according to an eclipse-chaser at JPL.






An Insider's Guide to Voyager: 1977-2017

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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From the first detection of active volcanoes outside Earth to the first up-close images of Neptune, the 40-year Odyssey of NASA's Voyager mission is full of unforgettable memories.






Large Asteroid to Safely Pass Earth on Sept. 1

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Asteroid Florence, a large near-Earth asteroid, will pass safely by Earth on Sept. 1, 2017, at a distance of about 4.4 million miles.






What to Expect When Viewing the Eclipse

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Eyes on the Eclipse application offers an easy preview of the event for any location.






Scientists Improve Brown Dwarf Weather Forecasts

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Researchers have a new model for explaining how clouds move and change shape in brown dwarfs, using insights from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.






NASA-led Mission Studies Storm Intensification

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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A group of NASA and NOAA scientists are teaming up this month on an airborne field campaign to study severe storms in the Northern Hemisphere and what makes them intensify.






NASA Awards Contract to Extend Operations of JPL

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA has awarded a contract to the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, California, to extend operations of the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, also in Pasadena, through Sept. 30, 2018.






Study Finds Drought Recoveries Taking Longer

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Land ecosystems are taking longer to recover from droughts, and incomplete recovery may become the norm in places, with tree deaths and increased greenhouse gas emissions.






NASA Announces Television Coverage for Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA TV will carry the Aug. 21 solar eclipse live from unique vantage points on the ground, from aircraft and from spacecraft, including the International Space Station.






Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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The giant, hazy moon Titan has been essential to Cassini's mission, from the spacecraft's 2004 arrival at Saturn to the very end.






TRAPPIST-1 is Older Than Our Solar System

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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If we want to know more about whether life could survive on a planet outside our solar system, it's important to know the age of its star.






NASA Selects Proposals to Study Galaxies, Stars, Planets

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA has selected six astrophysics Explorers Program proposals for concept studies, three of which are managed by JPL.






Watch Martian Clouds Scoot, Thanks to NASA's Curiosity

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Wispy, early-season clouds resembling Earth's ice-crystal cirrus clouds move across the Martian sky in some new image sequences from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.






Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft is about to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.






25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Celebrating four extraordinary oceanography satellites and their 25-year mission to make a measurement fundamental to studying the oceans and climate.






Can Poor Air Quality Mask Global Warming's Effects?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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In the 1900s, the U.S. warmed everywhere except the Southeast, where warming didn't begin till the 1990s. A study finds air quality improvements may have played a role.






New Clues to Universe's Structure Revealed

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Three JPL scientists are part of the Dark Energy Survey, which is helping to further our understanding of the structure of the universe.






NASA Selects Proposals to Study Sun, Space Environment

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA has selected nine proposals under its Explorers Program, including one managed by JPL.






Five Years Ago and 154 Million Miles Away: Touchdown!

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, which landed near Mount Sharp five years ago this week, is examining clues on that mountain about long-ago lakes on Mars.






Two Voyagers Taught Us How to Listen to Space

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Over the mission's 40 years, NASA's Voyager spacecraft have paved the way for modern deep space communications.






Hubble Detects Exoplanet with Glowing Water Atmosphere

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 19:08:00 GMT

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Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence to date for a stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system.






First and Farthest: How the Voyagers Blazed Trails

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Few missions can match the achievements of NASA's groundbreaking Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft during their 40 years of exploration.






NASA's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching for the Stars After 40 Years

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Humanity's farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September.






Asteroid Flyby Will Benefit NASA Detection and Tracking Network

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Scientists plan to use a small asteroid's close approach to Earth this October to test NASA's network of observatories and scientists who work with planetary defense.






Eclipse Balloons to Study Effect of Mars-Like Environment on Life

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Microbes carried to the edge of space during the Aug. 21 eclipse will be analyzed by NASA's Ames Research Center and JPL.






New Insights into Titan's Complex Chemistry

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Cassini has made a surprising detection of a molecule that is instrumental in producing complex organics within the hazy atmosphere of Saturn's moon Titan.






NASA Solves a Drizzle Riddle

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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What makes clouds drizzle? A new study overturns a common assumption about raindrop size.






Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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NASA's WISE spacecraft, scanning the entire sky at infrared wavelengths, has delivered new insights about distant cometary wanderers.






A Final Farewell to LISA Pathfinder

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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The spacecraft was steady as they come. That has big implications for future science.






Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding -- so far -- that the planet's magnetic field has no discernable tilt.






From Mars Rover: Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley'

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a crater's rim.






New Study Shows the Amazon Makes Its Own Rainy Season

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT

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New research finds the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season. The finding highlights the close connection between the rainforest ecosystem and climate.






NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.






For Moratorium on Sending Commands to Mars, Blame the Sun

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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This month, movements of the planets will put Mars almost directly behind the sun, from Earth's perspective, causing curtailed communications between Earth and Mars.






Curiosity Mars Rover Begins Study of Ridge Destination

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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The car-size NASA rover on a Martian mountain, Curiosity, has begun its long-anticipated study of an iron-bearing ridge forming a distinctive layer on the mountain's slope.






Hidden Stars May Make Planets Appear Smaller

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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In the search for planets similar to our own, an important point of comparison is the planet's density.






NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Flyby over Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 19:07:00 GMT

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This science pass offered front-row seats to the planet's most iconic feature, the Great Red Spot.






NASA's Juno Spacecraft to Fly Over Jupiter's Great Red Spot July 10

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno spacecraft will fly directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the gas giant's iconic, 10,000-mile-wide storm, on July 10, providing the closest-ever view of it.






Veteran Ocean Satellite to Assume Added Role

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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A veteran oceanography satellite that has expanded our knowledge of global sea level, ocean currents and climate will take on an added role: improving maps of the sea floor.






Earth-based Views of Jupiter to Enhance Juno Flyby

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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Telescopes in Hawaii have obtained new images of Jupiter and its Great Red Spot, which will assist the first-ever close-up study of the Great Red Spot, planned for July 10.






How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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June 30 is International Asteroid Day. Have you ever wondered how asteroids are discovered? Here's the story.






An Algorithm Helps Protect Mars Curiosity's Wheels

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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A new software program reduces wear and tear on the Curiosity Mars rover wheels.






Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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A NASA-led study examines the geology of last September's magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Pawnee, Oklahoma, the strongest ever measured by instruments in state history.






NASA Celebrates International Asteroid Day with Special Broadcast

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA will mark International Asteroid Day Friday, June 30, with a special program on NASA TV and online featuring the agency's work to find and study near-Earth objects.






NASA Keeps a Close Eye on Tiny Stowaways

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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Cleanliness on the International Space Station is a priority.






Lightning Sparking More Boreal Forest Fires

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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A new study finds lightning storms were the main driver of recent massive fire years in Alaska and northern Canada, with the storms likely to migrate north as climate warms.






Mars Rover Opportunity on Walkabout Near Rim

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind.






Witness Cassini's Finale at Saturn Live from JPL

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA invites social media users to apply for access to Cassini end-of-mission events at JPL, culminating with the spacecraft's entry into Saturn's atmosphere early Sept. 15.






Why No One Under 20 Has Experienced a Day Without NASA at Mars

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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As the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft approached its destination on July 4, 1997, no NASA mission had successfully reached the Red Planet in more than 20 years.






Laser-targeting A.I. Yields More Mars Science

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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The software has had a successful first year on NASA's Curiosity rover and is planned for the Mars 2020 mission.






A.I. Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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JPL experts outline how autonomy can free robotic explorers to make discoveries.






NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA has released a study of potential future missions to Uranus and Neptune -- part of a series of NASA studies in support of the next Planetary Science Decadal Survey.






Video: Developing Landing Tech for Space

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA technology aims for more precise interplanetary landings.






NASA Mars Orbiter Views Rover Climbing Mount Sharp

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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Using the most powerful telescope ever sent to Mars, NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a view of the Curiosity rover this month amid rocky mountainside terrain.






NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA's Kepler space telescope team releases a catalog of planet candidates that includes 219 new candidates. Ten are near-Earth size and orbit in their star's habitable zone.






Martian Crater Provides Reminder of Apollo Moonwalk

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA's Mars rover Opportunity passed near a crater this spring during the 45th anniversary of Apollo 16's trip to Earth's moon, prompting a connection between two missions.






NuSTAR's First Five Years in Space

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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To celebrate the fifth anniversary of NASA's NuSTAR space mission, the mission's lead scientist, Fiona Harrison of Caltech, talks about some of her favorite images.






NASA Data Suggest Future May Be Rainier Than Expected

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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Global climate models may underestimate the amount of rain that will fall in the tropics as our planet continues to warm.






NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA has found diverse minerals in rocks examined by the Curiosity rover on lower Mount Sharp, Mars. These suggest that wet environmental conditions there changed over time.






New Clues to Boomerang Nebula Mystery

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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An ancient, red giant star in the throes of a frigid death has produced the coldest known object in the cosmos: the Boomerang Nebula.






The Art of Exoplanets

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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How do you visualize distant worlds that you can't see? A team of artists uses scientific data to imagine exoplanets and other astrophysical phenomena.






Flares May Threaten Planet Habitability Near Red Dwarfs

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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Data from the GALEX spacecraft suggest that planets around cool dwarf stars may be subjected to intense flares.






Astronomers Find Planet Hotter Than Most Stars

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot, it's being vaporized by its own star.






NASA's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data of asteroid and comet discoveries.






Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed from one part of the lake to another, NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found.






Where Ocean Meets Sky: New NASA Radar Gets a Tryout

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 19:06:00 GMT

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A novel JPL instrument offers a simultaneous view of ocean currents and winds from multiple directions.






New Light on the Future of a Key Antarctic Glacier

Wed, 31 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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Thwaites Glacier is melting rapidly but not as fast as earlier research predicted, according to a new NASA study using a more realistic computer model.






Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over

Tue, 30 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past, according to recent research from NASA's Cassini mission.






High-Silica 'Halos' Shed Light on Wet Ancient Mars

Tue, 30 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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Pale "halos" around fractures in bedrock analyzed by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover contain copious silica, indicating that ancient Mars had liquid water for a long time.






Collapsing Star Gives Birth to a Black Hole

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole.






NASA Discovers a New Mode of Ice Loss in Greenland

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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A NASA study finds during Greenland's two hottest summers on record, ice in Rink Glacier didn't just melt faster, it slid through the glacier's interior in a gigantic wave.






A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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Early results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world.






Cassini Looks on as Solstice Arrives at Saturn

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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NASA's veteran Cassini spacecraft has reached a new milestone as of today: Saturnian solstice.






NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

Wed, 24 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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Psyche, NASA's mission to a unique metal asteroid, has moved up one year, with launch in the summer of 2022, and a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026.






NASA to Discuss FY2018 Budget Proposal, Provide Virtual Tours of Centers

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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NASA will hold a series of events Tuesday, May 23, highlighting the agency's Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal.






NASA to Discuss First Science Results from Juno Jupiter Mission

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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Scientists from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter will discuss their first in-depth science results in a media telecon at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, May 25.






Astronomers Confirm Orbital Details of TRAPPIST-1h

Mon, 22 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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Astronomers used NASA's Kepler space telescope to confirm the orbital period of the outermost TRAPPIST-1 planet.






NASA's Juno Spacecraft Completes Fifth Science Pass of Jupiter

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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NASA's Juno mission accomplished a close flyby of Jupiter on May 19, successfully completing its fifth science orbit.






NASA's CPEX Tackles a Weather Fundamental

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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A field campaign this June has a real shot at improving meteorologists' ability to answer some of the most fundamental weather questions: Where will it rain? When? How much?






Scientists Look to Skies to Improve Tsunami Detection

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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A team of scientists has developed a new approach to assist in development of timely tsunami detection systems, using measurements of how tsunamis disturb Earth's atmosphere.






NASA Asks Scientific Community to Think on Possible Europa Lander Instruments

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:05:00 GMT

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NASA is asking scientists to consider what would be the best instruments to include on a mission to land on Jupiter's icy moon, Europa.